Steve Cardenas

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Steve Cardenas

Steve Cardenas has diverse credits as a performer and recording artist. Having started his musical career in Kansas City, he is now an integral part of the jazz community in New York.

Cardenas has backed up such greats as Eddie Harris, Marilyn Maye, Jay McShann, Claude “Fiddler” Williams and Slide Hampton. He has toured Europe extensively, performing at various jazz festivals including the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on three separate occasions and the North Sea Jazz Festival five times. He has regularly performed in groups led by such diverse artists as Paul McCandless of the group Oregon, trumpeters/composers Mark Isham and Jeff Beal, bassists Marc Johnson and John Patitucci, as well as vocalists Madeleine Peyroux and Norah Jones. Steve is currently a member of the Paul Motian Octet + 1, Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, a group led by Joey Baron called “Killer Joey”, as well as the Ben Allison Band. In addition, he leads his own trio performing at various venues around New York City....
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West Of Middle- Sunnyside Records
Panoramic - Fresh Sound New Talent Records
Shebang - Fresh Sound New Talent Records


Think Free - Ben Allison Band, Palmetto Records
Orange - Jim Campilongo, Blue Hen Records
Quake - Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra, Sunnyside Records
Little Things Run The World - Ben Allison & Man Size Safe, Palmetto Records
No Way Out - David Brandom, Blujazz Records
Song For Anyone - Chris Potter 10, Sunnyside Records
Cowboy Justice - Ben Allison, Palmetto Records
Give and Go - Donny McCaslin, Criss Cross Jazz
Slow New York - Richard Julian, Manhattan Records
Music For An Imaginary Play - Sarah Wilson, Evander Music
Garden Of Eden - Paul Motian Band, ECM Records
Not In Our Name - Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, Verve Records
Traveller - Arthur Kell Quartet, Fresh Sound New Talent Records
Mercy Streets - Kate McGarry, Palmetto Records
Visual - Alexis Cuadrado Sextet, Fresh Sound New Talent Records
People Behave Like Ballads - Rebecca Martin, Maxjazz
Home - David Brandom, (independent release)
Holiday For Strings - The Paul Motian E.B.B.B., Winter & Winter Records
Show Me - Kate McGarry, Palmetto Records
Middlehope - Rebecca Martin, Fresh Sound New Talent Records
Close Your Eyes And Listen - Mike Fahn, Sparky1 Productions
Metro - Alexis Cuadrado, Fresh Sound New Talent Records
Europe - The Paul Motian E.B.B.B., Winter & Winter Records
See You In Zanzibar - Arthur Kell, (independent release)
Killer Joey - Joey Baron, (independent release)
Monk and Powell - The Paul Motian E.B.B.B., Winter & Winter Records
Who Loves You: A Tribute To Jaco Pastorius - various artists, JVC Records
Miles Remembered: The Silent Way Project - Mark Isham, Columbia Records
From The Street - Tom Coster, JVC Records
Raising The Standard - New York Guitar Trio, Midi Inc. Records
10/10: Tribute to Thelonious Monk - Duo with pianist John Beasley, MMP Records
Contemplations - Jeff Beal, Triloka Records
The Last Romantics - Paul Hanson, Midi Inc. Records
Three Graces - Jeff Beal, Triloka Records
Premonition - Paul McCandless, Windham Hill Records

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