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LaSpina, Steve (Steven)

LaSpina, Steve (Steven), bassist, composer; b. Wichita Fall, TX, 24 March 1954. Raised in Chicago, he started to perform professionally at the age of fifteen. After attending University of Illinois and Depaul University he studied classical bass with Warren Benfield. He also worked around the Chicago area with Joe Daley, Larry Novak, Bunky Green and others.

He moved to N.Y. in the spring of 1997 at which time he had been performing with Marian McPartland. He had also started working immediately with the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. He has performed and toured with Stan Getz, Toots Thielemans, Joe Williams, Benny Carter, Chet Baker, Pat Martino, Zoot Sims, Tommy Flanagan and Richie Beirach. For years he toured with Jim Hall all over the world and recorded with him. He has taught at New York University and the College of Saint Rose, and many clinics and music camps all over the United States as well as internationally.

As a composer, he has written for jazz groups (featured on his recordings as a leader) as well as for string quartet and other instrumental combinations. He has been a featured guest composer with the Jazz Composers collective in New York City, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts awarded him a fellowship for composition. He has appeared on over ninety recordings since the early 1970s with Pat Martino, Dick Katz, Marian McPartland, Benny Carter, Jim Hall, Fred Hersch, Vic Juris, Joe Diorio, Andy Laverne, Larry Schneider, and others.

New Horizon (1992), Eclipse (1994), When I'm Alone (1995), Story Time (1996), Road Ahead (1997), When Children Smile (1997), Distant Dream (2000), The Bounce (2001), Remember When (2003), Play Room(2006)

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