Steve Giordano

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Born: April 3, 1952    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Steve Giordano

Steve Giordano is a Philadelphia jazz guitarist in great company.

He has lived, learned, loved and played in the most evolutionary age of creative music in America. Early teachers were by way of radio and then 45 and LP records from the nineteen fifties. Giordano learned from the best: screaming guitar solos from Elvis Presley's guitarist Scotty Moore then lured to jazz by Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
1920 - 2012
, Art Blakey
Art Blakey
Art Blakey
1919 - 1990
's Jazz Messengers and John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
. The first spoken jazz lesson was from a Columbia LP with Leonard Bernstein called What is Jazz.—every note of Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
1925 - 1968
; then, Jim Hall
Jim Hall
Jim Hall
1930 - 2013
. Illuminated by writings of Persechetti, Schillinger, and Hindemith. No traditional schooling, but all the best teachers....
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As a Leader

Tracks: Daybreak; Stages; Prissy; Moment's Notice; Summer Landscape.
Personnel: Steve Giordano: guitar; Billy Hart: drums; Mike Richmond: bass; Barry Miles: keyboards; Joe Nero: percussion. As a Leader

Jazz Christmas
On The Horn OTH0051
Tracks: Sleigh Ride; Have Yourself; The Little Drummer Boy; White Christmas; O Christmas Tree; What Child is This; Santa Clause in Coming; Silent Night; The Christmas Song; Jingle Bells; O Come Emmanuel; We Wish You A Merry Christmas.
Personnel: Steve Giordano: guitar; Bob Meashey: trumpet; Steve Meashey: bass; Joe Mullen: drums. As a Leader

On The Horn
Tracks: Summer Waltz; Fall; When You Wish Upon A Star; All The Things You Are; Dolphin Dance; Once I Loved; Sparks; Who Needs Forever; Blues For J.
Personnel: Name: Steve Giordano: guitar; Eddie Henderson: trumpet; Cecil McBee: bass; Victor Lewis: drums; Dave Posmontier: organ. As a Leader

Tracks: Delores Street; Riverflo; Intrepid Fox; Summer Waltz; Fantasia; Stella By Starlight; With Love; Villino Anna.
Personnel: Steve Giordano: guitar, piano; Bob Meashey: trumpet; Peter Cobb: Alto Sax; Brian Howell: bass; John Mosemann: drums. As a Leader

Sea Dreams
Tracks: Sea Dreams; Through Time; Samba Five; Beneath An Evening Sky; A Beauty Within; Synergy; Time Passage.
Personnel: Steve Giordano: guitar, piano; Bob Meashey: trumpet; Peter Cobb: Alto Sax; Brian Howell: bass; John Mosemann: drums. As a Leader

Tracks: Bon Appitit; Over Easy; Parque Leje; Love Of Life; Almost There; Deep In Thought; One For Stevie; Utopia.
Personnel: Steve Giordano: guitar; Bob Meashey: trumpet; Peter Cobb: Alto Sax; Brian Howell: bass; John Mosemann: drums. As a Leader

Playful Minds Think Alike
Tracks: All The Things You Are; Windows; Triste; Ralph's Piano Waltz; Vignette.
Personnel: Steve Giordano: guitars; Scott Sherwood: guitar. As a Leader

Distant Trains
Tracks: Tones For Joan's Bones; Love Of Life; Friends; In Your Own Sweet Way; Synergy; Distant Trains.
Personnel: Steve Giordano: guitars; Bob Meashey: trumpet As a Leader

Blue Night
Record indy
Tracks: Stella By Starlight; In Your Own Sweet Way; Moment's Notice; The Day Of Wine And Roses; Free Improvisation.
Personnel: Steve Giordano: guitar; George Mesterhazy: organ; Joe Mullen: drums. As a Leader

Strings Attached
Tracks: Todos Mis Ninos; Green Dolphin Street; Ceora; Sparks; Alone Together; Summer Waltz; Dolphin Dance; You Don't Know What Love Is; Estate.
Personnel: Steve Giordano: guitar; John Blake: violin, piano.
As A Side Musician

Shippin' Out
Groove Holmes
Tracks: Feelings; Windows; Stella by Starlight; Where or When; Shippin' Out
Personnel: Richard "groove" Holmes: organ; Steve Giordano: guitar; David Schnitter: Sax; Idris Muhammad: drums
As A Side Musician

The Feeling's Mutual
John Swana
Criss Cross
Tracks: Litha; Trish; September in the Rain; Autumn Landscape; When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again; Cosmos; Simple Pleasures; Blues on the Road.
Personnel: John Swana: trumpet; Chris Potter: sax; Steve Giordano: guitar; Dave Posmontier: organ; Billy Drummond: drums.

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Philadelphia, PA

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Finding Your Musical Self ..with Steve Giordano
Guitarist ~ Composer ~ Teacher
Developing the Musical Mind
215-200-5719 My Philosophy I have been a musician since the age of 6. Although I have had a few “teachers” along the way at different times in my life, my real teacher has been the music itself. Obviously, our ears are the most important and personal mechanism when it comes to music. Musical knowledge should never supercede listening. Along these lines, our musical taste is personal, but deserves the chance to evolve without being stifled by rules or opinions. In my young adult search for a jazz teacher, I never quite found what/who I was looking for because everyone had a “method” that never included self musical exploration or how to think about music. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise for me because I looked at music from a common sense point of view without inhibitions and sort of became, for my students, the teacher I was looking for. The following is my life’s understanding of music and how to play with it, have fun with it, and experiment with it and hopefully, how to think about it.

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