Steve Berndt 1Professional background: Trombonist, singer, producer, band leader, composer and
arranger based in Ottawa. As a high school trombone student, Steve was chosen by Chuck Mangione to play in the All Star Band of The 1976 Canadian Stage Band Festival and attended the Stan Kenton Creative World Clinic at York University that summer.

After graduating from Humber in 1983 as a trombone major,  Steve formed The Jivewires (’89-present), a jump blues/swing recording act with which he has written, recorded and produced six albums and toured internationally. Steve was also a member of Rudeboy (’97-’12), an original ska band that toured Canada and was considered for a recording contract by Gene Simmons (Kiss). Steve was a member of A Touch Of Brass (’96-’99), a classical/pop brass quintet that gave clinics/concerts at Ashbury College. Steve currently conducts clinics for the New Horizons band with Brian Asselin.

Steve Berndt 2In 2012 and 2014 Steve  produced two albums of vocal/piano jazz featuring himself and jazz pianist Brian Browne.  Both albums are on the playlist on CBC’s Tonic with Tim Tamishiro.

Performance credits include: The Legendary Funk Brothers, The Temptations, Mary Wilson (Supremes), Dave Wakeling (The English Beat), Amanda Marshall, Carol Channing, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Dan Ackroyd, Jim Belushi, Ottawa Jazz Orchestra (featured soloist), John McLeod (Unity Records, Toronto), Rob Frayne (Juno nominee), Petr Cancura (Juno nominee), Kobo Town (Juno nominee) and Mike Essoudry’s Mashed Potato Mashers. Steve has recorded and performed with The Jivewires, Rudeboy, Brian Browne, Delbert & The Commotions, Kathleen Edwards (Juno winner), Soul Jazz Orchestra (Juno nominee), Je Rogers Band, The Tony D Band, The Mar-Kays, Andrea & The Fun Guys, Anders Drerup, The Sue Foley Band, The Trevor Finley Band, The Bird, Six Mile Bridge, Al Miller Band, The Suicide Kings, Punchbuggy and The Drew Nelson Band (Juno winner).

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