Steve Messick is a jazz and classical bassist, band leader, producer, and composer based in Seattle, Washington. Steve has produced four albums, two digital EPs, and one digital single. Steve also runs Opus Funkus Music, an independent record label and publisher.
On October 21, 2016, Steve's jazz quintet, the Endemic Ensemble, released Tangled, the band's second album of all-original mainstream jazz, released through Opus Funkus Music. Tangled features Steve Messick on double bass, Travis Ranney on tenor & soprano saxophones, Matso Limtiaco on baritone saxophone & bass clarinet, David Franklin on piano, and Christian Krehbiel on drums, with compositions by Steve Messick, Matso Limtiaco, and David Franklin.
Steve is co-principal bassist for Orchestra Seattle, and has been performing with them since 1999. Steve also performs with other Seattle orchestras, big bands, and small ensembles.
Messick's resonant bass seals any gaps (Jack Bowers, All About Jazz)
Enter Steve Messick on his double bass, calming the moment with tonal security and his big bass sound. (Dee Dee McNeil, Musicalmemoirs's Blog)
Bassist Steve Messick plays with a full-bodied, woody tone and makes every note count (Lucid Culture)
Messick, as the band leader, careens deftly from big band sweep to intimate jazz club swoon (Carol Banks Weber, Examiner.com)
Sounding somewhat like Scott LaFaro, Messick favors a fuzzy, soft tone and straight-ahead arrangements reminiscent of Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers' mid-'60s recordings (Matt Collar, All Music Guide)
Sprightly and tuneful—yet never smooth—Steve Messick's compositions recall an era when jazz routinely fused the artistic explorations of bebop with the catchiness of R&B (download.com)