Steve Cardenas (musician)

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Steve Cardenas
BornKansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Years active1978–present
LabelsFresh Sound, Sunnyside
Associated actsPaul Motian

Steve Cardenas is a guitarist who began his career in Kansas City, Missouri and has been part of the New York City jazz community since 1995.[1]


Cardenas was a longstanding member of the Paul Motian Electric Bebop Band, Steve Swallow Quintet, and Joey Baron's band, Killer Joey. He has been a member of the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, Ben Allison & Think Free, John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet, and Jon Cowherd Mercy Project. He has toured throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia, performing at international music festivals, theaters, and clubs. He leads a trio and has released several recordings as a leader.[2][3]

He has also worked with Paul McCandless, Marc Johnson, Madeleine Peyroux, and Norah Jones.[2]

Cardenas is on faculty at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City.[3] He has been on the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts,[2] Siena Summer Jazz Workshop, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, and Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony. Cardenas is co-author, with editor Don Sickler, of the Thelonious Monk Fakebook, released by Hal Leonard Publishing. The Thelonious Monk Fakebook marks the first time all of Monk's compositions have appeared in one volume.


As leader[edit]

  • Shebang (Fresh Sound, 2000)
  • Panoramic (Fresh Sound, 2004)
  • West of Middle (Sunnyside, 2010)
  • Melody in a Dream (Sunnyside, 2013)
  • Charlie & Paul (Newvelle, 2018)
  • Blue Has a Range (Sunnyside, 2020)

As sideman[edit]

With Ben Allison

  • Cowboy Justice (Palmetto, 2006)
  • Little Things Run the World (Palmetto, 2007)
  • Think Free (Palmetto, 2009)
  • Action-Refraction (Palmetto, 2011)
  • The Stars Look Very Different Today (Sonic Camera, 2013)
  • Quiet Revolution (Newvelle, 2016)
  • Layers of the City (Sonic Camera, 2017)
  • Quiet Revolution (Sonic Camera, 2018)

With Jeff Beal

  • Objects in the Mirror (Triloka, 1990)
  • Three Graces (Triloka, 1993)
  • Contemplations (Triloka, 1994)

With Paul Motian

  • Monk & Powell (Winter & Winter, 1999)
  • Europe (Winter & Winter, 2001)
  • Holiday for Strings (Winter & Winter, 2002)
  • Garden of Eden (ECM, 2006)

With others


  1. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2001). All Music Guide. Hal Leonard. pp. 1313–. ISBN 978-0-87930-627-4. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  3. ^ a b Adler, David R. "Steve Cardenas". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 March 2017.

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