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Steve Elmer

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: October 6, 1941    

Steve Elmer

COMPOSER/PIANIST STEVE ELMER is an expressive and creative musician of growing acclaim. He describes his musical approach as “Classic Jazz: Play the melody, improvise, tell a story, and make it swing.”

Once called “the most anonymous piano player in New York” by a respected jazz pianist impressed by Elmer’s playing, he is now the recipient of praise from jazz publications and musicians throughout the nation. Jazz Times says “He plays with the ferocity of a man with no more time to waste.” BlogCritics.org says “The music is gorgeous. Each song is treated like the only song and you get wrapped up in each one like it's a novel you don't want to put down. Even without lyrics you can feel the story behind the music. “ All About Jazz-Los Angles says “Pianist Elmer has imbibed from Bud Powell’s well, and has come up with a bucket overflowing with some hard hitting and vibrant bop. Elmer’s touch is sharp and assertive, confident and clean. “...
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    Fire Down Below

    Self Produced
    2008

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Featured recording “Jazz Life - Live @ Cleopatra's Needle, NYC”

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Jazz Life - Live @ Cleopatra's Needle, NYC

Self Produced (2010)

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The Steve Elmer Trio Jazz Life - Live @ Cleopatra's Needle, NYC

“Simply a snappy set of solid playing and smart originals that seem to have been designed purely to make you feel good. They hit the mark with room to spare.”

Midwest Record, October 2010

“The newest CD by Steve Elmer and his regular trio. This marks the third CD by this trio. Elmer's elegant, experienced piano, indeed a textbook of straight ahead piano, Shingo Okudiara's drums, a great balance of delicacy and boldness and Hide Tanaka's sticky groove pulls the trio together. The chemistry between the members produce a sense of flexibility and freedom, only possible from a regular trio. Truly, a New York Style orthodox piano trio.” (Translated from Japanese)

Ventu Azul Diary, October 2010

The Steve Elmer Trio / Fire Down Below

“Steve Elmer was originally a drummer...

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