Steve Blanco is an American multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, filmmaker, screenwriter, and Century Media recording artist who grew up in West Nyack NY. He began music at a very young age with trumpet, then switched to drums as a main pursuit. He played in and/or founded a number of Rock bands in the local NY area scene. While in his early twenties he decided to switch to Jazz piano, studied performance and composition at Purchase Conservatory in NY and Amsterdam Conservatory in Holland. Equally at home as a leader or sideman, Blanco became part of the NYC Jazz scene. Expanding beyond the piano, he plays keyboards, synths, organ, rhodes, mellotron, etc… These days Blanco is making a name for himself as an electric bass player, touring internationally, performing, and recording in a multitude of different projects, including:
•Bass / Keys in Imperial Triumphant
•Bass / Keys in Ron Anderson’s PAK
•Bass Keys in ECB aka El Chico Blanco
•Piano in Steve Blanco Trio
•Keys in Mark Feldman’s Level 5
•Keys and/or bass in Black Lodge (live improvised music to films in art house cinemas)
•Piano as solo piano performer
Blanco is also an avid filmmaker since a very young age. He has directed and produced many short films including:
•The Artist (official selection NY film festival)
•The Filth (official selection San Francisco film festival)
•City Swine (music video)
•Atomic Age (music video)
•Excelsior (music video)
He has also written two feature length scripts (unproduced), and scored many.
In the past All About Jazz had this to say about the Steve Blanco Trio (Steve’s Jazz piano trio): “Bill Evans Trio at its tightest, combined with the unpredictable theatricality of Ahmad Jamal at his best, and then increase the intensity quotient five notches.”
Steve is an active music teacher of piano, drums, and bass. He also coaches kids’ Rock bands, and is becoming well known as such, with a diverse array of clients.
In addition, Blanco is repairing, modifying, and working on guitars.