Steve Grover

Drummer/composer Steve Grover was born February 26, 1956 in Lewiston, Maine. He studied with the excellent local jazz drummer and teacher Dick Demers, and after studying at Berklee and the University of Maine, Steve landed a gig with guitar legend Lenny Breau. Steve worked with him on and off for the next few years, learning the subtleties of small group interplay with a master musician. In 1979, Grover attended a program at The Creative Music Studio, the music school run by Karl Berger, which had such visiting artists as Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, Lee Konitz, Bob Moses, and other musicians. At CMS, Steve was exposed to the concepts of artists from the world of jazz, new music, and world music.

In 1980 Grover teamed up with clarinetist Brad Terry, saxophonist Charlie Jennison and bassist John Hunter to form a group called The Friends of Jazz, which performed in Maine schools and communities. The group also played host to visiting artists, working with Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Tate, Gray Sargent and others while occasionally reconstituting itself with excellent players like pianist Chris Neville, trombonist Tim Sessions, bassists John Lockwood and Tom Bucci, guitarist Tony Gaboury, and other fine musicians.

In 1985, Steve composed Blackbird Suite, a song cycle setting for the Wallace Stevens poem Thirteen Ways of Looking At a Blackbird. Local performances of this piece garnered a grant for Steve to compose Splitting the World In Half, a collaboration with the poet Mark Melnicove that was performed at the Maine Festival in 1986. Several years passed before the 1991 premiere of Thirteen Ways of Looking At a Blackbird as a multi-media presentation involving the theater artist Lee Faulkner, which incorporated music, choreography, masks, mime, video, film, and slide projections. The piece was commissioned by the Maine Community Foundation and was staged at the Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris in June 1991. Performances followed at the Maine Festival and as part of a residency in May 1992 in the Farmington school system.

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CD Between Now And After:

“It’s no exaggeration to say that every cut is a winner...There is a lot to hear, think about and enjoy on this great new CD from a Maine jazz master in his prime.” —Up Beat

CD The Garden Above:

“...every song on this album provides serious food for thought... In the title track, the melody line is so lyrically delivered you can almost hear a spoken word piece in the deep background... This trio prov[es] they’ve got a sense of adventure, and it’s that quality that makes this disc stand up to many repeated listens. You find something new every time.” —The Portland Phoenix

Primary Instrument

Drums

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

B.M. Music Performance flexible hours; contact for rates www.stevegrover.com

Discography

Variations

Variations

Red Piano Records
2016

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Statement

Statement

Self Produced
2011

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Between Now And After

Between Now And After

Self Produced
2007

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Breath

Breath

Invisible Music Records
2003

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Remember

Invisible Music Records
2001

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Consideration

Invisible Music Records
2000

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33 Degrees

33 Degrees

Steve Grover
The Garden Above

Theresa Minor

Theresa Minor

Steve Grover
Remember

The Apprentice

The Apprentice

Steve Grover
Breath

Short Suite

Short Suite

Steve Grover
Between Now And After

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