Steven Bernstein

New York trumpeter Steven Bernstein was music director of John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, co-leader of the trio Spanish Fly, and served as arranger and leader of the Kansas City Band (from the Robert Altman film and Verve All-Stars Tour). Bernstein then began leading his own groups and recordings, as with his gritty cover band, Sexmob, in which Bernstein played slide trumpet (!). Bernstein had wide-ranging musical experience, even arranging the Academy Award-nominated score for the film Get Shorty. He also served as musical director for Hal Willner projects devoted to the music of Leonard Cohen, Doc Pomus, and Bill Withers. He has collaborated, played, recorded, and performed with artists as disparate as Tricky, Foetus, Aretha Franklin, Mel Tormé, They Might Be Giants, Bootsy Collins, Don Byron, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Roswell Rudd, Sam Rivers, Lou Reed, Linda Ronstadt, Sting, and Courtney Love. As an arranger, Bernstein has written charts for Bill Frisell, Rufus Wainright, Marianne Faithfull, and Elton John, to name a few. Impressive and wide-ranging though this may be, it's not as satisfying as Bernstein's own visionary music.