Steve Kirby (musician)

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Steve Kirby (born May 23, 1956) is an American jazz bassist.

Kirby was born in Maumee Valley, Ohio, and his family moved to St. Louis when he was two. He picked up guitar and electric bass while stationed at Fort Bragg, and following this he attended Webster University, receiving his BA in 1985. He worked locally in various ensembles and then got his master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where he played with Lester Bowie. In 1988 he returned to Webster, where he taught until 1993, and while there he won the 1992 Hennessy Jazz Search. In 1993 he returned to New York City and played with Oliver Lake, Claudio Roditi, John Hicks, Slide Hampton, Antonio Hart, Cyrus Chestnut, Joanne Brackeen, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Wallace Roney, Elvin Jones, Kenny Barron, Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Turre, James Carter, and Wes Anderson.

Kirby currently resides in Winnipeg, Canada and is the head of the Jazz Studies program at the University of Manitoba. In 2008 Steve released his first album as a leader "Wicked Grin" with Larry Roy, Stefon Harris, Will Bonness, Terreon Gully, and his wife Anna-Lisa Kirby.

He is the brother-in-law of singer Lullaby Baxter.


With James Carter


  • Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford, 1999, p. 367.