4:15 pm • Steve Blum and the Molecular Organ Trio
“This is a trio definitely worth catching for a dynamic performance. As far as guitarists goes, Steve Blum is not a household name, but he should be. … jaw dropping “
—Saul Addison, Time Out NY, March 2017
Born in New York City and playing professionally by the age of fifteen, guitarist Steve Blum has mastered styles from jazz to blues, reggae to Latin. He was one of the first pioneers of the jazz-rock genre, recording with The Masters of Deceit on Vanguard records in 1968.
“An interesting fusion between underground rock and unconventional jazz featuring guitarist Steve Blum The Masters of Deceit delivered a strong set with guitarist Steve Blum especially impressive”
—Fred Kirby, Billboard magazine
As a teenager, Steve performed in such top NYC jazz clubs as Birdland, Smalls Paradise, and The Village Vanguard. He joined Peggy Lee in 1966 and toured and recorded with her. Over the years, Mr. Blum has played with such jazz luminaries as Joe Williams, Ira Sullivan, Dr. Lonnie Smith and many more.
Other performance highlights include: The French Quarter Festival (New Orleans), The Iridium, (NYC) Yoshi’s Jazz Club (SF), Snug Harbor, Teatro Santo Andre, Brazil, The Troubadour (LA), Smalls (NYC) and many other venues and festivals.
Jassvan de Lima, WKCR’s radio host, says of about Blum’s self-produced CD, Gottschalks Last Dance: “The CD is great, the music is magic. … Stephen Blum is a remarkable musician.”
The Molecular Organ Trio will also feature Akiko Tsuruga (Hammond B3) and Jason Tiemann (drums). Akiko Tsuruga is one of Downbeat magazine’s up and coming jazz organists; she has played with Lou Donaldson and Grady Tate. Jason Tiemann, a fine New York freelance drummer, has worked with such jazz greats as Benny Golson and David Liebman. In its three years of existence, the trio has also played The Iridium in New York City and other NY metro venues.
Come hear these veteran musicians “play the molecules.”