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Kenny Wheeler Tribute Concert on NPR’s Jazz Night in America

NPR’s Jazz Night in America hosted by Christian McBride will be recording and filming our Kenny Wheeler Tribute show at The Royal Room for a national broadcast and webcast! The program is scheduled to air in the spring. HUGE thanks to NPR Music, WBGO, Jazz at Lincoln Center, KPLU, The Royal Room, and Jim Wilke for making this happen.

Tickets to our shows at The Royal Room available here: March 1 | March 2

Kenny Wheeler Tribute: New Project with Ingrid Jensen and Geoffrey Keezer

I am thrilled to announce that Ingrid Jensen and I will be co-leading a project in honor of the great Kenny Wheeler.

We will be playing at The Royal Room in Seattle on March 1st and 2nd as part of the Earshot Spring Series and recording a new album. Check out Earshot’s article about the show and you can pre-order the album and support the recording project at:

Canadian born trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler spent most of his career in London. He is known for his stunning writing for large and small jazz ensembles and imaginative improvisations. Kenny passed away last year at age 84 leaving us with a rich legacy of music. See the 2014 NY Times article and Ingrid’s tribute to Kenny on Ethan Iverson’s “Do The Math” blog.

For this project, we will be joined by a stellar rhythm section from one of Ingrid’s regular bands, featuring piano great Geoffrey Keezer, who has worked with Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Ray Brown, and Sting!

We will play our own interpretations of Kenny’s music, original pieces dedicated to Kenny, and spontaneous free improvisations.

Center Song makes Downbeat’s Best Albums of 2014

My latest album Center Song featuring Ingrid Jensen made Downbeat Magazine’s Best Albums of 2014! See the January issue here.

I have a new project with Ingrid in the works–check back soon!

Downbeat Jan 2015



Improvisation Clinic at JEN Conference in San Diego

Thanks to everyone who came to my session at JEN! I had a great time presenting, going to performances, and reconnecting with friends at the conference. Thanks to my friend (and Berklee professor) Ayn Inserto for snapping this photo and for the kind words:

Steve JEN

The Living Jazz Tradition

I will be presenting a clinic entitled “Creative and Organic Approaches for Beginning Improvisation” at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in San Diego this weekend. The session will cover:

  • Developing Inner Hearing
  • Learning Music by Ear
  • Thematic and Rhythmic Improvisation
  • Improvisation Over Drones
  • Group Free Improvisation Exercises

Saturday, 1/10/15
9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
Seaport Ballroom A (ST2)



Huge thanks to my publisher CMA Press for sending me down to the conference. I will have copies of my book The Living Jazz Tradition: A Creative Guide to Improvisation and Harmony for sale.



Reviews in DownBeat, All About Jazz, Stereophile, and More

My latest album Center Song featuring renowned trumpeter Ingrid Jensen received some stellar reviews this month:


★★★★—a diverse group of beautifully crafted ensemble pieces—whether free, through-composed or somewhere in between.

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The Aquarian

“Genius” is probably the most over-used word in any critic’s vocabulary, but in the case of Seattle saxophonist Steve Treseler, it’s apt.

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All About Jazz

expressive and coherent modern jazz with masterful improvisations.

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iTunes Editors

a young and fresh take on modern jazz

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Bird is the Worm

elements of indie-rock and contemporary folk that, applied in the right amounts and the right spots, create a cinematic wash of evocative imagery. . .A seriously captivating album.

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a fresh, confident, urbane album. . .Not many records hipper than this one from Seattle will come out of Manhattan in 2014.

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Treseler’s concept gives Center Song an incredible breadth of brilliantly executed styles.

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National Release of The Living Jazz Tradition

The Living Jazz TraditionI’m thrilled to announce the national release of my book The Living Jazz Tradition: A Creative Guide to Improvisation and Harmony published by CMA Press. This has been a labor of love over the past eight years and it’s hard to believe the book is finally here!

I began this project because I observed a disconnect between how great improvisers play and how jazz is typically taught. I’ve seen countless students who turn to educational materials become overwhelmed and uninspired. Often, these students never experience the act of spontaneous music-making because they are buried in a confusing jumble of scales, chords, patterns, and licks.

The material in The Living Jazz Tradition is process-based and can be applied by students of all levels. The early chapters focus on playing by ear, developing a strong time-feel, and creative concepts including melodic improvisation over a drone, thematic development, and free improvisation. The chapters progress through a comprehensive guide to jazz harmony with hundreds of musical examples, integrated repertoire, and creative assignments. The book includes mp3 downloads of drum grooves, drones, and rhythm section tracks.

At the new CMA Press website, you can view sample pages, read testimonials by Jerry Bergonzi, Wayne Horvitz, Dick Oatts, and Chris Bruya, or place an order.

A whole team of folks made this happen. Special thanks to my publisher Michael Stegner at CMA for putting hundreds of hours into this project, Chris Stover for editing my early drafts, and to Chris Bruya at Central Washington University and Vern Sielert at University of Idaho for piloting the pre-publication version.

Four-Star Review in Downbeat

Center Song received great review in the May issue of Downbeat. Jon Garelick writes that the album is “a diverse group of beautifully crafted ensemble pieces—whether free, through-composed or somewhere in between.” The issue will be available on newsstands on 4/18.

DownBeat May 2014

The Living Jazz Tradition National Release: April 2014

LJT I’m thrilled to announce that my instructional book The Living Jazz Tradition: A Creative Guide to Improvisation and Harmony will be released April 2014.

Sign up for my E-MAIL LIST to be notified when the books are ready to ship.

Pre-release copies will be available exclusively at the WMEA conference at the CMA Press booth. I will also be giving three presentations on jazz improvisation for educators at the conference.

The Living Jazz Tradition has been used as a text in classes at Berklee, University of Washington, University of Idaho, and Central Washington University. Read testimonials by Jerry Bergonzi, Dick Oatts, and Wayne Horvitz HERE





Center Song Nominated for NW Recording of the Year

Center-Song-CoverMy album Center Song featuring Ingrid Jensen was nominated for NW Recording of the Year by Earshot Jazz! I’m honored to be on the ballot along side some amazing musicians.

You can vote for the Earshot Golden Ear Awards HERE (no registration required).


Center Song Makes Jim Wilke’s Best of 2013 List

Jim Wilke, host of Jazz After Hours and Jazz Northwest, listed my album Center Song CoverCenter Song featuring Ingrid Jensen on his list of Best Northwest Jazz CDs of 2013.

Center Song has received radio airplay on over 125 stations in the U.S., Canada, and Japan, and reached #21 on the CMJ Jazz Chart and #56 on the JazzWeek Chart! Huge thanks to Mark Rini and Josh Ellman of Groov Marketing.

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