Born in Evansville, Indiana and studied trumpet and composition under scholarship at Butler University. He switched his instrumental focus to the piano at age 22 and was hired by Buddy Morrow to perform with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1977. Since moving to Harrisburg PA in 1978, he has been largely responsible for the growth and development of the thriving jazz scene in Central Pennsylvania. Steve is Past President and a founder of the Central PA Friends of Jazz, one of the most successful jazz organizations in the country.
Presented as an ìEmerging Artistî at the Jazz Times Convention in New York City in 1998, he was also winner of the 1999 Jazziz Magazine – Seven Springs Jazz Festival Piano Competition and received the prestigious 2002 Harrisburg Arts Award for his service to the community. Seven European tours including a 2003 tour of Russia and Siberia, soloist with Miamiís New World Symphony and receiving Pennsylvaniaís Council on the Arts Jazz Fellowship in 1995 and 2001 highlight his career. Steve has appeared in concert with master drummer Louie Bellson, Al Grey, Buddy Tate, Clark Terry, Paquito DíRivera, Herb Ellis, Buddy DeFranco, Terry Gibbs, the Mills Brothers, Buddy Morrow and countless other jazz greats. A recording artist and producer, Steve has eight CDs on the R&L label and has recorded with Matt Wilson, Johnny Coles, Cal Collins, Roger Humphries, Joe Hunt, Bill Goodwin, J.D. Walter, Ali Ryerson, Dwayne Dolphin, Vinnie Valentino, Paul Langosch, Tom Strohman and many more.