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Jazz trumpeter and band leader Steven Bernstein
is the 2004-05 Recording Artist-in-Residence at Mendocino College.
Steven Bernstein In Concert
Friday, February 11, 2005, 8 PM
Center Theatre, CVPA Bldg.
Ukiah Campus, 1000 Hensley Creek Road.
Tickets will be available at:
Mendocino Book Co., Ukiah
Mendocino College Bookstore, Ukiah Campus
Leaves of Grass Bookstore, Willits
"On trumpet, and as a composer and leader, Steven Bernstein is uncategorizable."
Nat Hentoff, JazzTimes
Steven Bernstein is a trumpeter, slide trumpeter, bandleader, arranger, and composer who has always worked and thrived on the outskirts of musical convention. Called a "rogue historian of jazz" by the New York Times, Bernstein has performed with a diverse group of artists including Marianne Faithfull, Linda Ronstadt, David Murray, Sting, David Berger, Aretha Franklin, Digable Planets, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Don Byron, and Marvin Pontiac. Mr. Bernstein has written arrangements for artists including Lou Reed, Bill Frisell, Jesse Harris, Shivaree and Elton John among others. He was the subject of an August 2004 NPR feature as part of the "Creative Spaces" series on All Things Considered.
Selected Career Highlights
- His acclaimed CDs as a composer and leader on John Zorn's Tzadik label: Diaspora Soul (1999) and Diaspora Blues (2002). The latest installment in the series is Diaspora Hollywood.
- His renowned band Sex Mob, with Briggan Krauss, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen. The group has been together 8 years: touring the world, winning numerous awards and having their music featured on MTV, Saturday Night Live and NPR. Their latest recording is Dime Grind Palace (Ropeadope).
- Bernstein's nine-piece ensemble the Millennial Territory Orchestra is one of the most popular jazz groups in New York, performing every Monday at the Jazz Standard. As Gary Giddins stated in the Village Voice: "[Bernstein uses] boho irascibility to sell a righteous dose of jazz repertory this music is so much fun it can hardly contain itself."
- In 1992 musical iconoclast Hal Willner produced the debut CD by Spanish Fly, a cooperative trio with Bernstein, slide guitarist Dave Tronzo and tubaist Marcus Rojas, who are still active today. Bernstein has served as musical director for many Hal Willner projects, including tributes to Leonard Cohen, Doc Pomus, and Harold Arlen.
- During a 10-year stint as a member of John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, Steven arranged the music for the films Get Shorty, Clay Pigeons, Fishing with John and many more. Bernstein also created the music for Robert Altman's film Kansas City during this time.
- Bernstein arranged Steroid Maximus for composer/Foetus mastermind Jim Thirwell, to be performed live by a 19-piece ensemble.
- As a composer, he scored the documentary Keep the River On Your Right, and has composed dance pieces for the Donald Byrd Dance Company, the Flying Karamazov Brothers and the San Francisco Ballet.
- Selected awards include: "Arranger of The Year (Rising Star)," DownBeat critics poll 2004; "Rare Brass Player of the Year," Jazz Journalists Association 2003; "Beyond Band" and "Acoustic Jazz Group (TDWR/Rising Star)" [for Sex Mob], DownBeat Critics Poll 2002; and acclaim for Diaspora Soul as one of the Top 10 CDs of 1999 by the Wall Street Journal.
Steven Bernstein will be a guest lecturer February 7-11 in the following Music classes:
- Music 111 * Recording Studio Techniques I
- Music 115 * Recording Studio Laboratory
- Music 202 * Music Theory/Harmony II
- Music 207 * Introduction to Music Appreciation
- Music 222 * Guitar
- Music 230 * Beginning Voice
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