Born in Newark, NJ, Steve Swell has been an active member of the NYC music community since 1975. He has toured and recorded with many artists from mainstreamers such as Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich to so called outsiders as Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker. He has over 30 CDs as a leader or co-leader and is a featured artists on more than 100 other releases. He runs workshops around the world and is a teaching artist in the NYC public school system focusing on special needs children.
Steve was nominated for Trombonist of the Year 2008 & 2011 by the Jazz Journalists Association, was selected Trombonist of the Year 2008, 2009 and 2010 by the magazine El Intruso of Argentina and received the 2008 Jubilation Foundation Fellowship Award of the Tides Foundation. The Downbeat Critics Poll selected him for the Trombone category in 2010, 2011 & 2012.
Swell first came to public attention performing with Makanda Ken McIntyre in the multi-instrumentalist's concert at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1985 of which Herb Boyd of The Amsterdam News wrote, Swell possess(es) a forceful, but mature sound...with a vibrant syncopation... Swell came to international attention while touring in Europe and recording with altoist Tim Berne and his group Caos Totale. There are two studio recordings of this band on the JMT label. During this time Steve also toured and recorded with Joey Baron's Barondown who released three CDs; one for JMT, New World and Avant.
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Remember Now is (Slammin’ The Infinite’s) second release and as good as the
first one was, this one is
light years beyond that. Every track has something to offer. It’s almost hard to
take this disc off once
one puts it on. Remember Now makes a good case for Slammin’ the Infinte
being one of the most
exciting working groups in jazz/improvised music today.
-Robert Iannapollo, All About Jazz, NY, September 2006
“...the session opens with a Swell cadenza that features 50 seconds of the most
achingly lyrical playing
the trombonist has committed to record...This music makes me feel like I’ve
been somewhere even
though I haven’t left my yard.”
—David Dupont, Cadence Magazine, June 2005
New York City
Steve has been a Teaching Artist in NYC public schools for the past 7 years. He
has done festival
workshops while on tour in the US, Canada and Europe (New England
Conservatory, University of Michigan,
Tulane University, Hoschule fur Musik, Dresden, Guimares Festival Workshop,
etc.) Full teaching bio
availabe at www.steveswell.com.
Rates—$100 per hour (negotiable)