Stevie D’s professional music career started over twenty-five years ago. He has performed in venues all over the country with Grammy award winners and nominees, world-renowned jazz, blues, and pop musicians. Daniels has been saxophonist, guitarist and back-up singer with opening acts for top 40 bands across the country including: The Tragically Hip, Marcey Playground, Gym Class Heroes, Aaron Carter and Rusted Root. Steve also has recorded on albums and compilation recordings with Travis Rocco, OAR, The Unknown Woodsmen, Sam Glover, John West and Lonnie Park to name a few. Daniels performs weekly in restaurants, cafes, and at private events. He continues to work diligently on his chops. “I enjoy playing at special events for people who like my music.” Steve attends improvisation classes and performance workshops.
He has been invited to perform with the clinicians at musical events such as: Phil Woods Quartet(Miles Davis, Billy Joel), Marian McPartland, Steve Brown (Ray Charles Band, Tonight Show Band), Danny D’Imperio (Buddy Rich, Tony Bennett, Maynard Ferguson, Glenn Miller), Charlie Bertini (Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles), and Gary Smulyan (Diana Ross, BB King, Dizzy Gillespie).
His own recordings include Steve Daniels Jazz Live, Steve Daniels/In a Mellow Tone Live, The Zoot Sessions, and Mr. Daniels. Five of his original songs are included on these releases.
“I am forever grateful to my cousin and first music teacher Ann Finamore, guitarist Dr. Chris Vorce, world renowned drummer Danny D’Imperio, trombonist Spiegle Wilcox (of historical Bix Beiderbecke Band), Micky Lee Soule, John West and Lonnie Park, Pat Cosmo (my cousin and first guitar teacher), and Charlie Bertini. All of these Cortland greats encouraged me and gave me opportunities to grow as a musician.”