Steve Hass Steve Hass

After attending Boston's prestigious Berklee College Of Music on full scholarship, Steve Hass moved to New York City joining the Ravi Coltrane Group. Along side Lonnie Plaxico, Michael Cain, and Ralph Alessi, Steve was playing a mixture of hard bop, funky odd meter grooves and free improvisation in Ravi's band. During his five years with the group, Hass was also freelancing and recording with several local singer/songwriters and working at jingle houses in New York City including Fluid Post Music, Three Tree Productions, Ian London Productions, and Red House to name a few. He had local weekly gigs with The Bitter End house band, The Blue Note house band and Monday nights at Zinc Bar with The Ron Affif Trio. He also had touring stints with artists such as, Richard Bona, Christian McBride, Suzanne Vega, Miri Ben Ari and many more. The Ravi Coltrane group gave Steve his first major label album credit for the critically acclaimed Mad 6, released on Sony Music, as well numerous european tours. At 24 years of age, Hass was touring and recording with some of the world's most influential artists and making a name for himself as an in demand session musician.

In April of 2003, Hass heard of an audition for Atlantic recording artists The Manhattan Transfer. The band held auditions in New York City and Los Angeles. Hass was asked to join the eight-time Grammy winners and immediately went on the road. After numerous world tours, four albums and a live Christmas concert DVD, Hass continues to work with the group as his schedule permits. In October 2003 Hass released his debut solo “Traveler” featuring some of New York City's top players. Traveler received critical acclaim and Hass' version of “Skylark” featuring vocalist Janis Seigel was included on a special C.D. release from the Hoagy Carmichael foundation.

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