Steve Hass

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Steve Hass
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Steve Hass at 2012 Namm Show
Background information
Birth name Stelios Hasapoglou
Born (1975-05-11) May 11, 1975 (age 39)
Ronkonkoma, New York, United States
Genres Hard Rock, Jazz, R&B, fusion, rock, Be-Bop Jazz, Funk, Soul, Post Bop Jazz, pop, Latin, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, Backing Vocals
Years active 1998-present
Associated acts Ravi Coltrane, John Scofield, Patti Austin, The Manhattan Transfer, Miri Ben-Ari, Billy Childs, Cher, Mavis Staples, Christian McBride, The New York Voices Keiko Matsui
Website www.stevehass.com
Notable instruments
Yamaha Drums Sabian Cymbals Vic Firth
STEVE HASS YAMAHA

Steve Hass (born May 11, 1975) is an American drummer based in Los Angeles. Originally from Island Park, New York, born to Greek immigrant parents from Athens, Greece. He is notable for his technical skill, time feel, and his musical versatility, having played with many artists from a wide variety of genres.

Career[edit]

After attending Berklee College Of Music on scholarship from 1993–1996 Steve was asked to join the Ravi Coltrane Quartet. He toured and recorded with the band from 1996 to 2002. The music was a mixture of traditional jazz, funk, and odd meter fusion. During this time Steve was also a studio drummer in New York City playing on dozens of national jingles, record dates, television shows, and movie soundtracks. He was also a member of Ruben Wilson's "Masters Of Groove" where he shared the drum chair with the legendary Bernard Purdie. In addition, during this period Steve toured with Christian McBride, Suzanne Vega, Miri Ben-Ari, Bob Berg, and Richard Bona amongst others.

In 2003 Steve began touring and recording with multiple Grammy winners and Atlantic recording artists, The Manhattan Transfer. He remains the first call drummer for The Manhattan Transfer, and works with them as his schedule permits. He is the first touring drummer in the history of the band to actually record with them. He is featured on 3 album releases and 1 live concert DVD. In late 2003, Hass released a solo album named Traveler. The C.D displays Hass' skills as a talented producer. His usage of sonic layering and drum loops is reminiscent of Jon Brion.

In 2005 Steve joined John Scofield and Mavis Staples to support Scofield's Verve release "That's What I'd Say". The band toured around the world from 2005 until December 2007 playing R+B, Soul, Jazz and Latin. [1]. Scofield also used Steve in his jazz trio, along with bassist John Benitez for select local N.Y dates.

In 2006 Hass had an eight-page feature interview in Modern Drummer Magazine. He is now a regular educational contributor in the "ask a pro" and "workshop" columns.

Hass with John Scofield

Los Angeles[edit]

In 2007 Steve established a second residence in Los Angeles and quickly became a popular choice for musicians and producers on the L.A scene, both live and in the studio. His company Hassbeat Productions Inc. provides studio services to artists worldwide while allowing Steve to record drum tracks for a variety of artists around the world. He continues to tour with a variety of artists. Since moving to Los Angeles Steve has become a regular with renown artists such as Billy Childs, Bob Sheppard, Brandon Fields and Alan Pasqua as well as maintaining his presence in the studio with contemporary rock singer/songwriters. 2012 has been his busiest year yet juggling recording sessions for producers The Difference, Rami Yadid and Ken Wallace and tours with R+B great Patti Austin, top selling fusion/new age pianist Keiko Matsui and The Manhattan Transfer. He continues to work with R&B/Jazz Grammy winner Patti Austin in all variations of her touring band.

Musical affiliations[edit]

Here is a short list of Steve Hass' musical affiliations in alphabetical order:

  • Abe Laboriel Sr.
  • Adam Rogers
  • Art Garfunkel
  • Billy Childs
  • Bob Berg
  • Bob Mintzer
  • Bob Sheppard
  • Brandon Fields
  • Cher
  • Danilo Perez
  • Debbie Gibson
  • George Garzone
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt
  • Jimmy Haslip
  • Jon Hendricks
  • Katisse
  • Keiko Matsui
  • Larry Coryell
  • Lucy Woodward
  • Mark Turner
  • Mavis Staples
  • Miri Ben-Ari
  • Nicholas Payton
  • Patti Austin
  • Ralph Alessi/Ravi Coltrane Group
  • Randy Brecker
  • Ravi Coltrane
  • Richard Bona
  • Ruben Wilson
  • Suzanne Vega
  • Terell Stafford
  • The Alan Pasqua Group
  • The Christian McBride Band
  • The East Village Opera Company
  • The John Scofield Band(Music Of Ray Charles)
  • The John Scofield Trio with John Benitez
  • The Lonnie Plaxico Group
  • The Manhattan Transfer
  • The New York Voices
  • The Tierney Sutton Band
  • Timothy Lefebvre
  • Traci Lords
  • Vinx
  • Wayne Krantz
  • Will Lee
  • Wynton Marsalis

and many more

Abbreviated Discography[edit]

Year Artist Album
1993 Madden Rae Madden Rae
1994 Ferdinando Argenti Aregenti
1994 Berklee College Of Music The Berklee All Stars
1994 Vincent Bourgeyx The Vincent Bourgeyx Trio
1996 Mark De Clive Lowe Jazz In The Present Tense
1996 Danilo Perez Hugo Pool Film Soundtrack
1997 Anthony Alonzo From Deep Within
1998 House Of Red House Of Red
1998 Yoshitaka Soji and Joey Calderazzo Circle Of The Sea
1998 The East Side Of Fascination Compilation Vol. 1
1998 Sasi Shalom Quartet Endless Nights
1998 Mike Arroyo My Jazzy Mood
1999 New York Jazz Guerilla Method To The Madness
1999 Miri Ben-Ari Sahara
1999 Meg Flather It's About Time
1999 Nini Camps LOVE PIE
1999 Darryl Hall Subtle Touch
1999 Sarel River Two in One
1999 Nick Petrone A New Day Has Begun
1999 Inappropriate Soundtrack
1999 Mark Peterson The Blue Room
2000 Daniel Lemma Introducing Daniel Lemma
2000 Frank Vignola Deja-Vu
2000 Dana Mase A Million Miles
2000 KAZBA SilverFoote
2000 Steven Jaymes SEVEN
2000 Gus Renner Moving On
2000 Danielle Gasparo Open Book
2000 Angelo Montrone Angelo Montrone
2000 Kitchen Bar Music Compilation
2000 Jaques Swartz Bart Standard Time
2001 Open Book Open Book
2001 Miri Ben-Ari and Wynton Marsalis Song Of The Promised Land
2001 Matthew Parish Circles
2001 Frederic Ndoci Canterina
2001 Sylvia Tosun Anthem
2001 JOAN The Original Cast Recording
2001 Sarel River Two in One
2001 Steven Jaymes Hemingway's Cats
2001 CHERRY CHERRY EP
2002 Scott Sylvester Redemption Center
2002 Chris Emerson Tourist
2002 Christos Rafalides' Manhattan Vibes Manhattan Vibes
2002 Ravi Coltrane Mad Six
2003 The Cincinnati Pops Got Swing!
2003 Miri Ben-Ari Temple Of Beautiful
2003 CHER Song For The Lonely" Remix
2003 George Colligan Live At Blues Alley
2003 Steve Hass Traveler
2004 The Manhattan Transfer Vibrate"
2004 Neshama Carlebach Journey
2004 Tina Shafer Promises To Eve
2004 Telarc Records Telarc Sampler
2004 Marie Dela Cruz No Expiration Date
2004 Dana Mase Thread Of Blue
2005 The Manhattan Transfer The Christmas Concert DVD
2005 Kathleen Pemble Learning To Listen Again"
2005 Alan Paul Another Place And Time
2005 Pan Morigan Castles Of Gold
2005 David Morgan Ordinary Glory
2006 Janis Siegel A Thousand Beautiful Things
2006 Janis Siegel Live In Milan
2006 Jeff Roberson The Bethesda Project
2006 Lisa Richards Mad Love
2006 The Manhattan Transfer The Symphony Sessions
2006 Yaron Gershovsky Personal Notes
2007 Lynne Clarke Later On
2007 George Petit End Of August
2007 Wedding Jimmy (Short Film) Film Composer and Percussionist
2008 Susan Kane Highway Bouquet
2008 K.J Denhert Lucky Seven
2008 Judy Wexler Dreams And Shadows
2009 Magnolia Memoir Magnolia Memoir
2009 Red Hook (Film) Drummer
2009 Mark Winkler Till I Get It Right
2009 The Manhattan Transfer The Chick Corea Songbook
2010 Jeff Richman Like That
2010 Chris Colangelo Elaines' Song
2010 Tim Hauser Love Stories
2011 Jose Marie Chan The Manhattan Connection
2011 Ginny Owens Before You Fly Single
2011 Ginny Owens Get In I'm Driving
2011 Allegro Summer Sampler 2011
2011 Judy Wexler Under A Painted Sky
2012 Dare To Dream A Minor Inconvenience
2012 Traci Lords Last Drag
2012 Kristi Salas Admit It
2012 The Difference Beats Volume 1
2012 Andrew Ash Grudges
2012 Ishmael Herring Right Here
2013 Neshama Carlebach One And One" 2013 Katisse " A World To The Wise" 2013 Cecilia Margolis-Rami Yadid "New Sinai Sound" 2013 Traci Lords "Stupidville"

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