|Steve Rochinski was
born in Washington D.C. on January 20th,1954. Self-taught from the age of 6, he started
performing professionally at the age of 12. After many years of playing in various bands
and continued self-study, he ended up, at the age of 23 in Boston, to attend Berklee
College of Music.
He left after three years to join a road tour of the Anthony Tillman Show where for several years, he worked as guitarist, arranger, and music director. Steve eventually returned to Boston and took on a faculty position at the world renowned Berklee College of Music.
His professional experiences include working as a sideman and leader with Pete and Conte Candoli, Gary Foster, Tim Hagans, Hank Marr, Richard Evans, Pat Harbison, Jimmy Raney, Attila Zoller, and his mentor, Tal Farlow. In 1993, Steve was awarded a Jazz Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to continue his studies with Tal Farlow.
He is the author of the award winning book "The Jazz Style of Tal Farlow: The Elements of Bebop Guitar" (Hal Leonard). He also wrote "The Motivic Basis for Jazz Guitar Improvisation" (Hal Leonard) and the Berklee "Harmony Four"(Berklee Press) textbook as a part of the corecurriculum studies. In 1995, Steve released his critically acclaimed debut CD "Until Further Notice..." (LineOut Music/Northcountry Dist.)
He resides in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife and two children and remains active as an international performer and clinician. Steve is also an artist endorser for Evans Custom Amplifiers.
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