Steve Abshire is a jazz guitarist, teacher, and clinician based in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area. Steve's mainstream style comes from years of study with Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, and Joe Pass. He has appeared in concert with notable jazz greats Herb Ellis, Milt Hinton, Tal Farlow, Keter Betts, and Marian McPartland to name a few. Steve has accompanied many legendary vocalists such as Della Reese, Rosemary Clooney, Joe Williams, and Etta Jones. He has also appeared in concert with the "Great Guitars" as a substitute for Barney Kessel. Twice Steve went to Europe to perform at the famed "Jazz In Marciac" Jazz Festival held in Marciac, France. In 1997, Steve retired from the U. S. Navy Band's Commodores, where he performed as guitarist/featured soloist for 24 years. He was on faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. for five years. In addition to teaching privately, Steve is presently on the faculty at Cedar Brook Academy in Clarksburg, Maryland. As a clinician, Steve has given Master Classes in guitar and rhythm section technique at the Armed Forces School of Music, James Madison University, Elon University, and various other local colleges and high schools. Steve can be found on numerous recordings, including two of his own. His first, "Big Brass Bed Blues," received a 4 Â½ star rating from Down Beat magazine. His latest release is "Come In From The Rain." This recording, along with appearance calendar and other information, is available at his website at www.steveabshire.com.
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