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  • Steven Bernstein (2012)

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    Trumpeter, bandleader and composer Steven Bernstein was born in Washington, DC, but grew up in Berkeley, California. His myriad activities prove yet again that you can take the radical out of Berkeley, but you can never take the Berkeley out of the radical.

    Back on the East Coast, Steven has been part of the musical cross-pollination in New York City for many years now. He was musical director of John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, and co-leader of the trio Spanish Fly, and served as arranger and leader for the band for Robert Altman's film "Kansas City". He also arranged the Oscar-nominated score for the film "Get Shorty".

    Steven served as musical director on some Hal Wilner projects devoted the music of Leonard Cohen, Doc Pomus and Bill Withers. In fact, the list of collaborations Steven has done would be anybody's gigs from Heaven: Sam Rivers, They Might Be Giants, Bootsie Collins, Aretha Franklin, Roswell Rudd, Lou Reed, Sting, Courtney Love, …

    Steven's band Sex Mob has been together since 1995, and their recording "Sexotica" was nominated for a Grammy in 2006. In 2004, he became a member of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble band, and somehow he finds the time for his own projects. The Millennial Territory Orchestra started out in about 2006, and their latest is "MTO Plays Sly".
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Louis Armstrong Complete Hot Fives and Hot Sevens Gully Low Blues Sony
    # 2 Sam Moore Plenty Good Lovin': The Lost Solo Album If I Lose Your Love TBC
    # 3 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra The Blanton-Webster Band Concerto for Cootie Bluebird
    # 4 Sly and the Family Stone Fresh Babies Makin' Babies Epic
    # 5 Miles Davis and Gil Evans Porgy and Bess Prayer Columbia
    # 6 The Wild Magnolias The Wild Magnolias Handa Wanda Polydor
    # 7 The Band Music from Big Pink Tears of Rage MFSL
    # 8 Charles Mingus Mingus Ah-Um Better Get It in Your Soul Columbia
             
    Book Duke Ellington, "Music Is My Mistress"
             
    Luxury Item "Peet's coffe, with half-and-half"
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