Primary Instrument: Piano
Born in Long Island, New York and raised in New Smyrna Beach, Florida – Steve Scholz began his career as a professional musician at age 15.
Working his way through the gig scene of the greater Daytona Beach area, Steve quickly gained prominence amongst local musicians and began to hone his skills as a performer and entertainer in hotel lobbies, restaurants, bars, weddings and private parties. During these formative years the young pianist didn’t hesitate to prove himself in more formal settings as well. Awarded the illustrious position of jazz pianist for the Florida All-State Jazz Band three years in a row (2003, 2004, 2005), nominated “outstanding soloist” and IAJE notification at FSU Jazz Festival (2005), UNF Jazz Festivals (2004, 2005), Lakeside Jazz Festival (2004,2005) First-Place Winner in the Duke Brown Blues Scholarship Competition (Daytona Beach Florida, 2005) and First-Place Winner in the Central Florida Jazz Society Competition in (Orlando, Florida 2005).
Offered several full music and academic scholarships to attend college, yet being the consummate beach bum and addicted golfer, Steve decided to remain in Florida and attend the Florida State University on full scholarships to study with world renowned faculty members Marcus Roberts, Count Basie trumpeter Scotty Barnhart, Bill Peterson, Leon Anderson Jr., Rodney Jordan, Bill Kennedy and Paul McKee. While attending FSU and located in the state capital of Tallahassee, Steve shared the stage and participated in master classes with Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Jimmy Cobb, Jason Marsalis and Rufus Reid; performed, composed, and recorded for top FSU jazz combos and the nationally acclaimed Jazz Ensemble I; worked for and engaged in collaborations with the School of Dance, School of Theater and School of Motion Picture Arts (Film School); all the while still maintaining an active work schedule throughout the Southeast US which included freelancing at festivals, hotels, bars and restaurants as well as performances for State Senators, Financial Officers and an opening performance for 2-time Grammy Award winning vocalist Ricki Lee Jones.
Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Steve expanded his musical horizons to the northeast US – predominantly in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, before accepting an offer to return to FSU as part of the Graduate Faculty. It is here Steve joined the great team of educators at FSU to become an instructor of the Jazz Piano Class for jazz majors, Jazz Chamber Music classes, Applied Lessons, Jazz Ensembles, Jazz History and the official assistant to the world renown artist in residence Marcus Roberts. Continuing his active lifestyle as a performer, Steve seized an opportunity to tour the world as a keyboardist/pianist/conductor on the Holland America Cruise line – performing throughout Central America, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and Alaska before graduating with his Masters in Music performance in 2011.
Currently residing in San Francisco, Steve maintains an active schedule as a freelance musician/composer/arranger, adjunct professor at Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College and an educator/band director at the Hacienda School Heads Up! Program
Set to release his first album as a leader in November 2012, “When You Feel it Within” – Is an album that defies the standard formula to impress, but rather takes a disarmingly humane approach – in which Steve makes the conscious decision to bring across his joy for living and celebrate the magic of creation innate to all humans – through the spirit of his music. Featuring only original compositions and an all-star cast of saxophonist Jon Olejnik, Bassist Kelly McCarty and Drummer Leon Anderson Jr., “When You Feel it Within” is a freshman debut with compositions mature well beyond their years.
San Francisco, CA
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Masters Degree - jazz piano performnce FSU Adjunct professor of jazz/popular piano at Contra Costa College Diablo Valley College $60hr all ages all levels