Steven Bernstein

Genres: Jazz World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


Steven Michael Bernstein, 8 October 1961, Washington, DC, USA. Raised in Berkeley, California, Bernstein learned to play trumpet as a child and as a young teenager he formed a lasting musical and personal friendship with Peter Apfelbaum, with whom he worked in and around San Francisco. Like Apfelbaum, Bernstein’s musical education owes much to his time spent at Berkeley High School. In his late teens, Bernstein moved to New York City, attending New York University and studying with Jimmy Maxwell, meanwhile playing gigs with numerous bands, jazz, Latin and avant-funk. Bernstein quickly became involved with New York’s downtown scene and played in the trumpet section of Carla Bley’s Very Big Band in 1990, having earlier played in the band backing Bley’s daughter, Karen Mantler. Also in the 90s, Bernstein worked with Don Byron, Medeski, Martin And Wood (on 1993’s It’s A Jungle In Here), the New York Composers Orchestra, and John Zorn....

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