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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:

DownBeat

★★★★—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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Stereophile

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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Earshot

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.

This Week: Trio with Jeff Johnson and Ted Poor, UW Modern Band

Tomorrow night (Monday 12/2) The UW Modern Band directed by Cuong Vu explores boundary pushing and experimental improvised music. This concert premiers five new compositions by Steve Treseler.

Friday 12/6, The Improvised Music Project Showcase presents the Steve Treseler Trio featuring Jeff Johnson on bass and Ted Poor on drums at Cafe Solstice.

See below for details.

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Center Song “Most Added” on JazzWeek and CMJ Charts

JazzWeek 11-11-13

Center Song made the “Most Added” list on the JazzWeek and CMJ Jazz Radio charts, and the “Biggest Gainers” list on the JazzWeek chart this week! It’s getting radio play all over the country and in Canada and Japan! Huge thanks to Mark Rini and Josh Ellman at Groov Marketing and Jim Wilke, host of Jazz After Hours and Jazz Northwest.

You can order Center Song HERE.

 

Center Song Release Show Wrap Up

A huge thanks to everyone who came out to my CD release show on Friday! We sold out The Royal Room, and it was a thrilling night for me. Thanks also to the Earshot Jazz Festival and everyone at The Royal Room.

Center Song will be officially released this Tuesday 10/29 on CMA Records. You will be able to order CDs HERE and download it from iTunes.

Daniel Sheehan took some great photos at the show, and you can check them out on his blog HERE.

-ST

Center Song CD Release at Earshot Jazz Festival – October 25

steve-ingridSteve will be celebrating the release of Center Song at The Royal Room on Friday, October 25th, as part of the 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival.

from the Earshot Jazz Festival website:

Seattle tenor saxophonist Steve
 Treseler celebrates the release of Center Song, with renowned guest trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, pianist Dawn
 Clement, guitarist Chris Spencer,
 bassist Jon Hamar, drummer Steve
 Korn. The group explores new material by Treseler, a piece by Jensen, a Lee 
Konitz tune, a Sunny Day Real Estate
 adaptation and some short improvisations.

Treseler attended the New England Conservatory. He graduated with a distinction in performance and was named Outstanding Soloist in the college division by DownBeat magazine. Back in the West, the young tenor player released his debut CD and his book The Living Jazz Tradition: A Creative Guide to Improvisation and Harmony. The highly regarded music education tool has been picked up by the University of Idaho and Central Washington University. Treseler attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, with resident artist Dave Douglas, and performs in the Washington Composers Orchestra (WACO), many other groups.

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