Steve Treseler Music


Photo by Daniel Sheehan

Photo by Daniel Sheehan

I’m a Seattle-based saxophonist, teaching artist, and author. Thanks for visiting my site. Download my bio.

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

A nuanced, controlled, and compelling saxophonist.
Earshot Jazz

A young and fresh take on modern jazz.
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Center Song featuring Ingrid Jensen

Four-star review and “Best of 2014” list in DownBeat

Tribute to Kenny Wheeler with Ingrid Jensen and Geoffrey Keezer

Album coming in 2017. Live performance featured on NPR’s Jazz Night in America hosted by Christian McBride


Creative Music Blog

Forthcoming book: Creativity Triggers for Musicians
Coming in 2017. Reserve a free copy.

The Living Jazz Tradition: A Creative Guide to Improvisation and Harmony, CMA Press


I’m on faculty at Seattle Pacific University where I teach saxophone and improvisation.

Game Symphony Workshop

This creative music experience gives musicians the tools, confidence, and community to create and perform their own music.

Soundpainting with High School Jazz Band

Soundpainting with High School Jazz Band

Visit my Clinic Page for more info about my clinics for musicians and educators.


I grew up in Edmonds, WA and began my music education in a public school band program. I got serious about playing jazz in high school and immersed myself in the classic recordings of Lester Young, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Ornette Coleman. I began to compose original music and joined a youth “trad” jazz band that performed in festivals up and down the West Coast.

I continued my education on scholarship at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where I studied with jazz legends Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone and Steve Lacy. I hold a Master of Music degree from the University of Washington where I studied with renowned avant-garde trumpeter Cuong Vu.

In addition to leading my own band, I am a member of the Washington Composers Orchestra (WACO) directed by Wayne Horvitz, the Tom Varner Nonet, Seattle Soundpainting Ensemble, Jessika Smith Big Band, Phil Parisot Quartet, Zubatto Syndicate, and the Jim Knapp Orchestra. I have shared the stage with jazz greats Kenny Wheeler, Dave Douglas, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow, Ingrid Jensen, Donny McCaslin, Darcy James Argue, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jamie Cullum, Geoffrey Keezer, and Mike Stern.

I live in Seattle with my wife and daughter.


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