Steven Bernstein, Trumpeter
Steven Bernstein is a trumpeter/slide trumpeter, bandleader, arranger, and composer whose music always swings and can only be described as living outside of musical convention. He has recently released three critically acclaimed CDs – Diaspora Soul, Diaspora Blues (featuring the Sam Rivers trio), and Diaspora Hollywood. All three are on John Zorn’s Tzadik label.
His band Sex Mob has been together since 1995 touring the world, won numerous awards, and has had their music featured on MTV, Saturday Night Live and NPR. Sexotica, recorded for Thirsty Ear’s Blue series, and produced by Good and Evil is their most recent release. Their previous recording, Dime Grind Palace (Ropeadope), features legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd.
His nine-piece ensemble, the Millennial Territory Orchestra, recently released their debut recording, MTO Vol. 1 on Sunnyside records. MTO was formed in 1999 for a series of Midnight shows at Tonic, and spent a year and a half long residency at the Jazz Standard. Bernstein also arranged and co-produced Baby Loves Jazz, featuring vocalists Sharon Jones and Babi Floyd, along with keyboard master John Medeski.