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Steven Bernstein is one of the hardest working men in show business. He composes, arranges, leads bands of feverish and crackling intent, and plays a heckuva lot of trumpet and the instrument's obscure cousin, the slide trumpet. Here is a survey of some of his career highlights.

Steven Bernstein is a trumpeter/slide trumpeter, bandleader, arranger, and composer who lives outside of musical convention. He has recently released three critically acclaimed CDs “ Diaspora Soul, Diaspora Blues (featuring the SamRivers trio), and his most recent, Diaspora Hollywood. All three are on John Zorn’s Tzadik label.

His band Sex Mob has been together since 1995 touring the world. Sex Mob has won numerous awards, and has had their music featured on MTV, Saturday Night Live and NPR. Their most recent CD, Sexotica, was nominated for a Grammy in 2006 for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Their previous recording, Dime Grind Palace (Ropeadope), features legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd.

His nine-piece ensemble, the Millennial Territory Orchestra, recently released their debut recording, MTO Vol. 1 on Sunnyside records. MTO was formed in 1999 for a series of Midnight shows at Tonic, and spent a year and a half long residency at the Jazz Standard. Bernstein also arranged and co-produced Baby Loves Jazz, featuring vocalists Sharon Jones and Babi Floyd, along with keyboard master John Medeski. The CD is available on Verve records.

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Album Brass Bang! by Steven Bernstein

Brass Bang!

Tuk Music


Plays Fellini

PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho


MTO Plays Sly

PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho

Album Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra: MTO Plays Sly by Steven Bernstein

Steven Bernstein's...

Unknown label

Album Sexmob Meets Medeski live in Willisau 2006 by Steven Bernstein

Sexmob Meets Medeski...

Thirsty Ear Recordings




John Zorn John Zorn
saxophone, alto
Marc Ribot Marc Ribot
Sexmob Sexmob
Uri Caine Uri Caine
Marilyn Mazur Marilyn Mazur
Frank London Frank London
Jon Madof Jon Madof
guitar, electric

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