Steve Cardenas has many diverse credits as a performer and recording artist. Beginning his musical career in his hometown of Kansas City, he has been an integral part of the New York City jazz community since 1995.
Steve has performed with many well-known and highly esteemed musicians. Notably, he was a longstanding member of the Paul Motian Electric Bebop Band, the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, as well as Joey Baron's band, Killer Joey. Steve is currently a member of the Steve Swallow Quintet, Ben Allison Band and John Patitucci’s Electric Guitar Quartet. He has also performed regularly with such artists as Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Eliane Elias and many others. Steve has toured extensively throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia, performing at countless international jazz festivals, theaters, opera houses and clubs. Steve also leads his own trio and has released four recordings as a leader. His latest album, Melody in a Dream, was released on Sunnyside Records. Steve is also a well-respected educator. He is on faculty at The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City where he directs the Thelonious Monk Ensemble, an Improvisation Ensemble and the Guitar Duos class, as well as offering individual lessons. He has also been on faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, Siena Summer Jazz Workshop, Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, Stanford Jazz Workshop and Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. Additionally, Steve is co-author, along with editor Don Sickler, of the Thelonious Monk Fakebook, Hal Leonard Publishing. The Thelonious Monk Fakebook marks the first time all of Monk's compositions have appeared in one volume, many of them appearing for the first time.
Melody In A Dream - Sunnyside Records
West Of Middle - Sunnyside Records Panoramic - Fresh Sound New Talent Records Shebang - Fresh Sound New Talent Records SIDEMAN:
Time/Life - Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, Impulse Records
Quiet Revolution (music of Jim Hall, Jimmy Giuffre & more) - Ben Allison Trio, Nouvelle Records
Saturday Songs - Chris Cheek, Sunnyside Records
Brooklyn - John Patittucci Electric Guitar Quartet, Three Faces Records
Into The Woodwork - The Swallow Quintet, XtraWatt/ECM Records
The Stars Look Very Different Today - Ben Allison, Sonic Camera Records
I Thought About You - Eliane Elias, Concordjazz Records
Seasons - Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - Anthony Wilson, Goat Hill Recordings Action-Refraction - Ben Allison Band, Palmetto Records
Milestone - Adam Cruz, Sunnyside Records Think Free - Ben Allison Band, Palmetto Records, Palmetto Records Orange - Jim Campilongo, Blue Hen Records Little Things Run The World - Ben Allison & Man Size Safe, Palmetto Records Song For Anyone - Chris Potter Ten, Sunnyside Records Cowboy Justice - Ben Allison, Palmetto Records Give and Go - Donny McCaslin, Criss Cross Jazz Garden Of Eden - Paul Motian Band, ECM Records Not In Our Name - Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, Verve Records Mercy Streets - Kate McGarry, Palmetto Records People Behave Like Ballads - Rebecca Martin, Maxjazz Holiday For Strings - The Paul Motian E.B.B.B., Winter & Winter Records Show Me - Kate McGarry, Palmetto Records Middlehope - Rebecca Martin, Fresh Sound New Talent Records Europe - The Paul Motian E.B.B.B., Winter & Winter Records Monk and Powell - The Paul Motian E.B.B.B., Winter & Winter Records Miles Remembered: The Silent Way Project - Mark Isham, Columbia Records https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq-Bx3-_jp0