Â Â Â Â In a relatively short period of time, 30-year-old Bay Area native Steven Lugerner has collaborated with a heavyweight roster of jazz masters including, Grammy nominated pianist Fred Hersch, pioneering pianistÂ Myra Melford; drum legendsÂ Albert â€œTootieâ€ Heath, Matt Wilson, John HollenbeckÂ andÂ Allison Miller; saxophonistsÂ Jane Ira Bloom, Dayna StephensÂ andÂ Anat CohenÂ ; trumpeterÂ Ralph Alessi,Â flutistÂ Jamie BaumÂ and bassistÂ Todd Sickafoose.
Raised in the sleepy suburbs of San Francisco, CA, Steven Lugerner is the product of a multicultural, artistically nurturing family. In his youth, Lugerner performed on clarinet, oboe & saxophone with college orchestras & professional pit orchestras while simultaneously organizing and performing DIY local jazz performances. In 2006, Lugerner moved to New York City to attendÂ The New School for Jazz and Contemporary MusicÂ where he graduated with honors four years later. Lugerner spent the next three years after graduation freelancing in NYC and touring as a member ofÂ CHIVES, In One Wind, killerBOBÂ and his ownÂ SLUGish Ensemble.Â It was during this period Lugerner established musical connections throughout the country, expanding his network to Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland and beyond. In 2013, Steven relocated back to San Francisco where he took a position work at theÂ Stanford Jazz WorkshopÂ asÂ Education Programs Manager / Camp Director.Â Lugerner is also the director ofÂ Slow & Steady, a non-profit record label dedicated to showcasing west coast creative musicians.
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Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.
Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site