If you want to get to know Steve Blair, turn on the stereo and listen to Ostinato or Momentum, his latest CD recordings with the Steve Blair Septet, featuring his original jazz compositions. He’s also performed with the New Nile Orchestra, the Will Patton Ensemble, The Funk Collection, Freefall and Science Fixion.
“Music is pretty much my life,” says Steve, who plays and teaches music all day and then goes home to South Burlington and writes it.
He has more than 30 years of experience as a guitarist, composer and educator, and he has toured the United States, Mexico, Canada and Russia — all to play music. Besides performing with many of Vermont’s best musicians, Steve has worked with major jazz luminaries such as Michael Brecker, Antonio Sanchez and Andre Kondakov. 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.”
VIDEO: Steve Blair Septet Live at Dibden, October 2014: Guitarist Steve Blair plays all original jazz compositions with his contemporary jazz septet, comprised of Tom Cleary on keyboards, Aram Bedrosian on bass, Lucas Adler on drums, Dave Ellis on trumpet/flugelhorn, Brian McCarthy on alto saxophone, and Dan Silverman on trombone.