For over 25 years Steven Horowitz has been performing all styles of music on trumpet and flugelhorn, with a focus on jazz improvisation. His various gigs as a freelancer have taken him all over the tri-state area, including New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland counties, plus parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.
Born and raised on Long Island, Steve spent 1978-1982 at SUNY Albany majoring in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. While there, in addition to performing in the school’s jazz ensemble, he had a handful of gigs in the Albany area, including some work with Doc Scanlon and a couple of jobs as a member of a big band that featured Nick Brignola and Mike Canonico. Steve also has fond memories of having the opportunity to work around and learn from many great local musicians including Ray Rettig, Cliff Lyons, Otto Gardner and Sam Farkas.
After graduation, Steve spent many years living in the Poughkeepsie, NY area where he was employed as a software engineer. During this time, in addition to going to countless jam sessions, he freelanced steadily in various musical settings encompassing all styles, including church services, parades, studio work and in jazz groups ranging from a big band to a duo.
As for the jazz-related work, in addition to all of those jam sessions, Steve performed with several local big bands, and did small group work led by musicians such as saxophonist Hugh Brodie and pianist John Esposito. He can also be heard on a recording in a quintet led by and featuring the original music of pianist Peter Tomlinson. Steve has extensive experience improvising on all forms of jazz, with a particular focus on the style of trumpeters like Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard.
Along the way, Steve has also worked as a member of the horn section with a number of wedding bands and agencies, including Steven Scott Orchestras, Hal Prince Music, Marty Stevens Music, Heartbeat Entertainment, Jason Craig Entertainment, Avenue K Entertainment and The Ed Michaels Orchestra. Here in the capital region, he has subbed on occasion with the New York Players.
Recently relocated back to the capital region, Steve lives in Clifton Park with his wife and son.