Steve Adelson

Steve Adelson started playing guitar just before the summer of the famous Woodstock weekend concert in 1969. He soon after began formal studies in Brooklyn, NY with Charlie Didier while majoring in music at C.C.N.Y. and Brooklyn College. A two year residency in the early 70?s at a small New York club called Peppers had Steve perform duos with jazz guitar greats including among others Jimmy Ponder, Attilla Zoller, and Jack Wilkins. During this decade Steve also had the pleasure of playing with jazz legends Chuck Wayne, Jimmy Raney, Kenny Barron, Cecil Payne and did some early cable TV shows with Larry Coryell, Joe Pass and Tal Farlow. While continuing to perform throughout the metropolitan area, Steve owned and ran a music school in Brooklyn called The Guitar Workshop. He still teaches guitar and Chapman Stick at this location, soon closing in on four decades.
In 1984, Steve bought his fi rst Chapman Stick with the help of Paul Ash. Using his guitar background and jazz vocabulary, he quickly began exploring this new fascinating creative tool. Steve has performed on The Stick at world famous clubs like The Blue Note and The Bottom Line and many jazz festivals including the biggest and best, The Montreal Jazz Festival. Steve travels regularly doing clinics and demonstrations on the Stick at music conventions like NAMM and many regional vintage guitar shows. He has recorded with his group ?The Sticktet? and continues to add major players to this ensemble. Past participants on these recordings include Larry Coryell, Tony Levin, Matt Wilson, Bryan Carrott and Nydia ?Liberty? Mata. Steve has also appeared numerous times on TV and radio and in print interviews in guitar and jazz magazines. As a journalist he writes regular columns for Twentieth Century Guitar magazine and Jazz Improv magazine. Steve continues to teach locally and nationally at Stick seminars. He also is the producer of the Long Beach Jazz Festival which is an annual Long Island, NY event. This is his fi rst book for Mel Bay Publications.