Often associated with the New York downtown scene, Steve Swell is an underrated trombonist and a true team player capable of adapting to most situations. He incidentally picked up the trombone when he was ten. In 1973, he studied at Jersey City State College where he struck a long-lasting friendship with drummer Lou Grassi. He went on to study with Roswell Rudd who, alongside Grachan Moncur III and Bill Watrous, made the strongest impression on him. Swell then moved up through the ranks learning the ropes with Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, and Jaki Byard. In the early ‘80s, he spent a lot of time playing Broadway shows and at the Roseland. In the mid-'80s, he met Ken McIntyre and Walter Thompson, who reignited his interest in creative music. As for Herb Robertson and Hank Roberts, they gave him a first taste of Europe. In the early ...
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