Faculty Profile: Stephen Blair
If you want to get to know Steve Blair, turn on the stereo and listen to Momentum, his third CD, recorded in 2006 with the Steve Blair Septet, featuring his original jazz compositions. Or better yet, go hear him play in one of the many bands he plays with, including the New Nile Orchestra, an afro-pop Ethiopian band, the Will Patton Ensemble, a gypsy jazz band, and the The Funk Collection.
"Music is pretty much my life," says Blair, who plays and teaches music all day and then goes home to South Burlington and writes it. He has toured the United States, Mexico, Canada and Russia - all to play music. Among his heroes are John Coltrane, Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery and George Benson.
When students wonder why they can get a degree in jazz, but not in rock, he explains: "Jazz gives you the wide spectrum of tools that a musician needs to know to play just about any style of music. Go play pop music and earn more money, but educate yourself by learning the language of jazz."
Dibden Center for the Arts, Room 211