Steve Elson

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Steven Andrew "Steve" Elson (* 1953 in Berkeley ) is an American jazz and fusion musician ( saxophones , flutes , composition ) who was also active in other genres as a studio musician .

Live and act

Elson began playing the saxophone when he was eleven. During his high school years he played in rhythm & blues , soul and jazz bands in San Francisco Bay. At 16 he left college and joined the Rhythm & Blues Revue of Johnny Otis on where he with Clean Head Vinson , Shuggie Otis and the Three Tons of Joy occurred. After studying with Hal Stein and Joe Henderson , Elson moved to New York, where he moved in the loft jazz scene and played with Tito Puente .

In the early 1980s he founded the collaborative funk band Slickaphonics with Ray Anderson , Allan Jaffe , Mark Helias and Jim Payne , with whom he recorded five albums and toured several times in the USA and Europe. In 1983 he founded The Borneo Horns with Lenny Pickett and Stan Harrison ; With this brass section he recorded numerous albums, but also accompanied David Bowie , Grace Jones and Duran Duran on tours . He also recorded with Klaus Nomi , Peter Gabriel , The Temptations , Joe Jackson , Stevie Ray Vaughan , the Talking Heads , Wolfgang Niedecken and Natalie Merchant , but also with Philip Glass , Al Jarreau , Guy Klucevsek , Giora Feidman , Dennis Chambers and John Lurie . He is currently a member of the roots band Hazmat Modine . In 1991 he presented the fusion album Lips & Fingers under his own name ; Mott & Broome followed in 2009 and At Play in 2015 .

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Individual evidence

  1. Short biography
  2. Review ( All About Jazz )