All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Steve Treseler

Steve Treseler

Jazz Review calls Seattle-based saxophonist and composer Steve Treseler “a bona fide big player in the arena of straight-ahead jazz who provides just enough other ingredients to keep it all fascinating and fresh.” Treseler’s music draws from the traditions of classic and contemporary jazz, impressionism, minimalism, and indie rock.

In addition to leading his own band, Treseler is a regular member of the Jim Knapp Orchestra, Wayne Horvitz’s Washington Composers Orchestra (WACO), and the Tom Varner Nonet. He has performed with jazz greats Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell, Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Douglas, George Russell, George Garzone, Ingrid Jensen, John Medeski, Pete Christlieb, Darcy James Argue, Terri Lyne Carrington, Donny McCaslin, and Kobie Watkins.

Growing up in Edmonds, WA, Steve began playing the clarinet in school band at age ten and picked up tenor saxophone in middle school. He got serious about playing jazz in high school, and he immersed himself in the classic recordings of Lester Young, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk. He began to compose original music and joined a youth New Orleans jazz band that performed in festivals up and down the west coast.

Steve continued his education on scholarship at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he studied with jazz legends Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone and Steve Lacy. He graduated with distinction in performance and was named “Outstanding Soloist” in the college division by DownBeat magazine.

Read more

Tags

Album Review
Read more articles
”Treseler is a bona fide big player in the arena of straight-ahead jazz who provides just enough other ingredients to keep it all fascinating and fresh.” -Jazz Review

“Steve Treseler is a nuanced, controlled, and compelling saxophonist.” -Earshot Jazz

“His tenor playing is assured, big-toned, and creative.” -Jazz Now! Seattle

Photos

Albums

Postponed Parade

Odd Bird Records
2020

buy

Center Song

Self Produced
2014

buy

Watch

Similar

Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.