Spring Jazz Series 2019: Steve Blum's Molecular Organ TrioMarch 29, 2019
Steve Blum discovered and fell in love with jazz at an early age after hearing the work of Herb Ellis and Bill Harris. At age fifteen, after he heard Wes Montgomery both on record and live, he was so moved by his playing that he decided to pursue jazz full time. He studied with guitarist Lawrence Lucie while attending the New York School of Jazz. one of New York’s first jazz education programs for talented high school students started by Mercer Ellington.
As a teenager he had rare opportunities to play at several of New York’s finest jazz clubs; The Village Vanguard, and Birdland. He has played everything from straight ahead jazz to reggae, blues, and Latin and has appeared at most of New York’s top jazz venues. Some of the guitarist’s most rewarding playing on records can be heard on his album Gottschalk’s Last Dance and Ms. Peggy Lee’s Two Shows Nightly Live at the Copa.
Steve Blum has led the Molecular Organ Trio for several years. Akiko, who is from Osaka, Japan, has been playing the organ since she was three and has been part of the New York jazz scene since 2001, most recently leading the album So Cute, So Bad. Akiko has played with legendary drummer Grady Tate, saxophonist, Lou Donaldson and Jeff Hamilton. McClenty Hunter has worked with such greats as Kenny Garrett, Lou Donaldson, Eric Reed, and Dave Stryker, recently heading an album whose name could describe the drummer: The Groove Hunter.
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