About

Steve Treseler is a Seattle-based saxophonist, composer, teaching artist, and author who performs and leads creative music workshops across the U.S.  DownBeat describes his music as “beautifully crafted ensemble pieces—whether free, through-composed, or somewhere in between.” Steve’s voice as an improviser and composer blends distinct, yet confluent elements: straight-ahead jazz, post-modal harmony, Impressionism, minimalism, drones, alternative rock, American folk, and the avant-garde.

Treseler grew up in the midst of Seattleʼs grunge scene before moving to Boston to pursue his studies on scholarship at New England Conservatory, where he studied with jazz legends Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone, and Steve Lacy, At NEC he was introduced to the music of Lennie Tristano, Kenny Wheeler, George Russell, and Frech composer Olivier Messiaen; all of this heavily influencing his personal artistic vision. He holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Improvised Music from the University of Washington where he worked with avant-garde trumpeter Cuong Vu.

Steve leads his own ensembles and is part of several ongoing collaborative projects. He and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen are co-leaders of the album Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler on Whirlwind Records, a project that was featured on NPR’s Jazz Night in America. Steve leads the In Motion Quartet and presents Radiant Fields: An experimental meditation for solo saxophone and electronic effects. Steve is a member of Tom Varner’s Nonet, Christian Pincock’s Scrambler, Wayne Horvitz’s Washington Composers Orchestra, Jessika Smith’s Big Band, The Phil Parisot Quartet, and Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints. In 2018, Treseler was a featured soloist with the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra for the premiere of David Lien’s Aeromancy for Saxophone, Organ, and Orchestra in early 2018. His album Center Song received a four-star review in DownBeat and made the magazine’s “Best Albums of 2014” list.

Creative music education is an integral part of Steve’s ongoing work. Steve teaches at Seattle Pacific University and is designing an improvisation course that will be part of the university’s core music curriculum in the Fall of 2018. Steve is the founder of the Game Symphony Workshop, offering group improvisation workshops for ensembles. His expanding reputation as an educator has also been fueled by his Amazon bestseller Creativity Triggers for Musicians, The Living Jazz Tradition: A Creative Guide to Improvisation and Harmony, and his Creative Music Blog.

Steve has performed with jazz greats Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas, Bob Brookmeyer, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Swallow, George Garzone, Jamie Cullum, Darcy James Argue, Geoffrey Keezer, and Mike Stern.

Steve is a Conn-Selmer endorsing artist.