Steve Swell

Steve Swell trombone, flauto traverso

Steve Swell, born in Newark, New Jersey, has been living, working and

performing in New York City his entire adult life. In the mid-seventies he

studied with Roswell Rudd, Grachan Moncur III and Jimmy Knepper after

attending Jersey City State Teacher’s College. He has toured and recorded

with such diverse jazz personalities as mainstreamers Lionel Hampton and

Buddy Rich, to so-called outsiders like Anthony Braxton and Jemeel

Moondoc. Swell has 30 recordings as a leader or co-leader and is a

featured artist on more than 100 other releases. His CD, “Suite For Players,

Listeners and Other Dreamers”, recorded on the CIMP label, was ranked

number 2 in the 2004 Cadence Readers Poll. He received grants from

USArtists International in 2006, a program of the National Endowment for

the Arts, an MCAF award (LMCC) in 2008 & 2013 and was commissioned

twice for the Interpretations Series at Merkin Hall in 2006 and at Roulette in

2012. Steve is also well known for his many collaborations with Cecil

Taylor, Bill Dixon, Alan Silva, William Parker, and his many projects

including “Slammin’ The Infinite” with Sabir Mateen, The Ullmann/Swell

4tet featuring Barry Altschul, “Unified Theory Of Sound” with Cooper-
Moore, “Fire Into Music with Hamid Drake and his large ensemble, Nation

Of We. He was the Jazz Journalist’s Association Trombonist of the Year

nominee for 2008 & 2011, named Trombonist of the Year 2008-2010, 2012 &

2014-2015 by El Intruso, an Argintinean Jazz journal and selected for the

Downbeat Critics Poll in the Trombone category from 2010-2015. Steve is a

Teaching Artist in the NYC public school system working with special

needs children and was awarded the 2008 Jubilation Foundation

Fellowship Award of the Tides Foundation for recognition of that work.

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