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McKenna, Steve

McKenna, Steve, guitarist, composer, educator; b. Victoria, Australia, 12 October 1958. 

McKenna started playing the guitar in 1975. After studying and working with Bruce Clarke until 1980, he moved to Los Angeles, studying at the Guitar Institute of Technology.  His teachers included Joe Pass, Pat Martino, Les Wise, Joe Dorio and Robbin Ford. In 1982 he moved back to Australia, and based himself in Sydney as a freelance guitarist.  He was a member of the following bands: Serge Ermoll Quartet; Steve Hunter Trio; Andrew Oh Band; Don Harper Duo and Quartet; Mike Nock Quartet; and Don Burrows Band.  Steve has recorded CDs and records with the above musicians. Steve has also performed in Europe and the USA, playing jazz festivals in Greece, and bebop in New York City. While based in Germany for many years he performed and recorded with Bob Berg, Barbara Denerlein, Gene Calderazzo, Ed Schuller and Carl Davis. He also taught guitar and played at many of Europe's top jazz festivals.

Recordings:
Wall To Wall Cement (1991); Seaview (1993)

Contact Information:
c/o Jane March
Co-ordinator, Sydney Improvised Music Association
www.side-on.com.au/
march@ozemail.com.au
612 9938 2180 t/fx or 0407 220 380

 

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