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Steven Dunn, a Denver, Colorado native, began his career as a drummer/percussionist, performing with numerous acts in various venues around the Rocky Mountain Region. Even during that time, Steven pursued his ongoing desire to compose, arrange, record and produce.
His hard work paid off in 1980 when he was afforded the opportunity to pen two songs for the late, great jazz and blues saxophonist, Stanley Turrentine on his CD, Tender Togetherness. Steven’s contributions throughout this recording were exceptional and well-received. In reminiscing about his work with Stanley (whose nickname for Steven was “Bigun”), Steven states, “Working with such a great musician was a dream come true.” The world’s ecology and the complex political atmosphere of the early 1980’s were equally inspirational for the composition, “World Chimes.” Steven fondly recalls working with the great pianist/composer/arranger, George DelBarrio.
Of course, whenever Steven and his brother, Larry, could work together, as they did co-writing “Tamarac”, it was a time of creative paradise. The album reached the number ten spot on Billboard’s Top 100 Jazz Albums, and was re-released in 2005 on the Wounded Bird label.
In 1987, Steven’s musical quest continued as he performed on many tracks and was credited as production assistant on Ramsey Lewis’ album, Keys to the City.
Steven’s unique style and God-given talents have also given him international exposure. He once again collaborated with his brother Larry and Hiroto Kobayashi on a tune entitled, “Where is the Love?” — a track on the Larry Dunn Orchestra (LDO) CD, Lover’s Silhouette, on which Steven’s drumming and musical contributions shined once again. This album was released in Europe in 1992 and again in the U.S. in 1996.
In 1997 he performed with Italy’s Drupi Giampiero on the album, Bella E Strega, performing on a number of tracks including, “Mee Humm,” “Portami Fuori,” “Bella Come Te,” “Be Careful,” and “No Io No.” Next was Japan’s Shinji Harada’s album, Urban Angels in 1998.
Back in the U.S., Steven joined forces with Reel Tight on the album, Back to the Real in 1991, on the remake of the Earth Wind & Fire classic, “Reasons.” In 2002, Steven collaborated with long-time friend and world-class bassist, Bill Rich, producing and performing on the CD, Bill Rich The Fee-Vah, and again in 2010 on Bill Rich’s CD, Can you Pheel it.
Steven’s next venture was a song he composed and produced entitled “Brother to Brother” on his debut CD, Tears of Joy and LDO’s latest CD, N 2 The Journey. LDO’s version of “Brother to Brother,” featuring world re-nown flautist, Hubert Laws, is gaining in popularity on the jazz charts. Steven plays drums on “Feelin Free,” “Twilight World,” “Reasons,” “Finally,” and “N 2 The Journey.” The multi-talented Steven also shares credit as recording engineer on a couple of tunes.
In 2013, Steven again revealed his distinctive versatility as producer, composer, arranger and performer with his debut release, Tears of Joy, on the Alliance Records label. With its incredible arrangements for the Cosmic Vibrations Horns section, Linear Strings octet, and everything in between, this CD showcases Steven’s diverse artistic styling and abilities, ensuring enjoyment for music lovers everywhere.
Tears of Joy is available now on iTunes and Amazon.