Born in Newark, NJ, Steve Swell has been an active member of the New York City music community since 1975. He has toured and recorded with many artists from main streamers such as Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich to so-called outsiders such as Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker. He has over 30 recordings as a leader or c-leader and is a featured artist on more than 100 releases. He runs workshops around the world and is a teaching artist in the NYC public school system focusing on special needs children.
Steve was nominated for the Trombonist of the Year award for 2008 and 2011 by the Jazz Journalists Association, and was selected Trombonist of the Year 2008, 2009 and 2010 by the magazine El Truso of Argentina. He is the recipient of the 2008 Jubilation Foundation Fellowship Award of the Tides Foundation. The Downbeat Critics Poll selected him for the Trombone category in 2010 and 2011.
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