Guitarist Steve Cardenas began his musical career in Kansas City and has been an integral part of the New York City jazz community since 1995.

Steve has performed and recorded with many well-known and highly esteemed musicians. Notably, he was a longstanding member of the Paul Motian Electric Bebop Band (which later became the Paul Motian Octet), 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 Jon Cowherd's Mercy Project. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia, performing at countless international music festivals, theaters, opera houses and clubs. Steve also leads his own trio and has released four recordings as a leader. His most recent album, Melody in a Dream, was released on Sunnyside Records in March.

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 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.

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY

LEADER:

Melody In A Dream- Sunnyside Records (new release)
West Of Middle- Sunnyside Records
Panoramic - Fresh Sound New Talent Records
Shebang - Fresh Sound New Talent Records

SIDEMAN:

The Stars Look Very Different Today - Ben Allison, Sonic Camera Records
Dream Dictionary - Jim Campilongo, Blue Hen Records
Into The Woodwork - The Swallow Quintet, XtraWATT/ECM records
I Thought About You - Eliane Elias, Concordjazz Records
I Never Meta Guitar Too - various artists, Clean Feed Records
My Place - Monika Borzym, Sony Music
Seasons: Live At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Anthony Wilson, Goat Hill Recordings
Action-Refraction - Ben Allison, Palmetto Records
Milestone - Adam Cruz, Sunnyside Records
Girl Talk - Monika Borzym, Sony Music
Think Free - Ben Allison, Palmetto Records
Orange - Jim Campilongo, Blue Hen Records
Offering - Matt Marantz, (independent release)
Quake - Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra, Sunnyside Records
Little Things Run The World - Ben Allison & Man Size Safe, Palmetto Records
No Way Out - David Brandom, Blujazz Records
Song For Anyone - Chris Potter 10, Sunnyside Records
Cowboy Justice - Ben Allison, Palmetto Records
Give and Go - Donny McCaslin, Criss Cross Jazz
Slow New York - Richard Julian, Manhattan Records
Music For An Imaginary Play - Sarah Wilson, Evander Music
Garden Of Eden - Paul Motian Band, ECM Records
Not In Our Name - Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, Verve Records
Traveller - Arthur Kell Quartet, Fresh Sound New Talent Records
Mercy Streets - Kate McGarry, Palmetto Records
Visual - Alexis Cuadrado Sextet, Fresh Sound New Talent Records
People Behave Like Ballads - Rebecca Martin, Maxjazz
Home - David Brandom, (independent release)
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
Close Your Eyes And Listen - Mike Fahn, Sparky1 Productions
Metro - Alexis Cuadrado, Fresh Sound New Talent Records
Europe - The Paul Motian E.B.B.B., Winter & Winter Records
See You In Zanzibar - Arthur Kell, (independent release)
Killer Joey - Joey Baron, (independent release)
Monk and Powell - The Paul Motian E.B.B.B., Winter & Winter Records
Who Loves You: A Tribute To Jaco Pastorius - various artists, JVC Records
Miles Remembered: The Silent Way Project - Mark Isham, Columbia Records
From The Street - Tom Coster, JVC Records
Raising The Standard - New York Guitar Trio, Midi Inc. Records
Brandon Fields - Brandon Fields, Positive Music Records
10/10: Tribute to Thelonious Monk - Duo with pianist John Beasley, MMP Records
Contemplations - Jeff Beal, Triloka Records
The Last Romantics - Paul Hanson, Midi Inc. Records
Three Graces - Jeff Beal, Triloka Records
Premonition - Paul McCandless, Windham Hill Records