Steve Herberman

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Steve Herberman (born September 10, 1966) is an American jazz guitarist, educator and composer, signed to indie label, Reach Music.[1]

Herberman's recordings have received praise from JazzTimes,[2] Down Beat,[3] and Jazz Improv.[4] His album Action:Reaction was chosen as one of the top 50 CD's of 2007 by Jazz Improv magazine.[5] He has also been featured on the cover of Just Jazz Guitar magazine (Feb. 2009).[6]


He has released three CDs: Thoughtlines (2001) Action:Reaction (2006), and Ideals (2008). Ideals reached the Top 10 on the JazzWeek chart for national airplay, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.[7]

Music education and performances[edit]

Herberman is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. In 1993, he adopted the seven-string guitar. He has performed at venues such as Birdland in New York City, Spazio in Los Angeles, the NAMM shows in Anaheim and Nashville, and the North Wales jazz guitar weekend in the U.K. as a featured guest artist. He has performed at Blues Alley, the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Steve has played with renowned musicians such as Keter Betts, Buster Williams, Gary Bartz, Drew Gress, Chuck Berghofer, Mark Ferber, Jim Snidero, Chuck Redd, Ali Ryerson, Steve Williams, Steve LaSpina, Jeff Hirshfield, and John Pisano.[8]

Bill Milowski of JazzTimes has written positively about Herberman's musicianship and harmonic stylings as outlined in the following quote:

"Steve Herberman exhibits a vast harmonic palette involving uncommon stretches on the fretboard along with a real capacity to burn on fluent single note lines... His sheer command of the instrument puts one in mind of such jazz guitar masters as Joe Pass, Joe Diorio, Lenny Breau, and Gene Bertoncini. His nuanced touch, excellent tone, tasteful, even phrasing and fresh writing style, further elevates Herberman far above the pack of other talented Berklee grads...definitely worth checking out for fans of advanced jazz guitar." [9]

As educator[edit]

Herberman has taught at Towson University in Baltimore since 1999 as an adjunct faculty member. He has presented masterclasses in the U.K. and at universities across the U.S. He has written instructional material for Down Beat magazine, Mel Bay’s Guitar Sessions, Just Jazz Guitar, the National Guitar Workshop newslette,r and columns for Modern Guitars webzine. He is an online instructor.[10]


  1. ^ 2012. "Steve Herberman Biography"
  2. ^ Milkowski, Bill. 2007. "Action:Reaction, CD Review". Jazz Times.
  3. ^ Doerschuk, Robert. May 2009. "Steve Herberman, Ideals, CD Review" Downbeat.
  4. ^ Davenport, Curtis. January 2007. "Steve Herberman, Action:Reaction, CD Review". Jazz Improv.
  5. ^ Davenport, Curtis. January 2007. "Steve Herberman, Action:Reaction, CD Review". Jazz Improv.
  6. ^ Hamilton, Andy. November 2009. "Steve Herberman, Ideals, CD Review" by Jazz Journal vol. 62 No. 9.
  7. ^ West, Michael J. February 2009. "DC Guitarist Crack's JazzWeek's Top Ten". DC City Paper.
  8. ^ 2012. "Steve Herberman Biography"
  9. ^ Milkowski, Bill. 2007. "Action:Reaction, CD Review". Jazz Times.
  10. ^ "TU Department Of Music- Steve Herberman". Towson University Website.