Steve Rochinski

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Steve Rochinski
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Background information
Born (1954-01-20) 20 January 1954 (age 64)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician/Educator
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1972–present
Labels Jardis, LineOut, Heavy Hitters
Associated acts Tony Tillman, Tim Hagans, Greg Hopkins

Stephen James Rochinski (born 20 January 1954) is an American jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, author, and educator.

He has worked and performed with Tal Farlow, Attila Zoller, Jimmy Raney, Pete Candoli, Conte Candoli, Tim Hagans, Joe Lovano, Greg Hopkins, Gary Foster, Pat Harbison, Jeff Sherman, Hal Melia, Chip Stephens, Hank Marr, Brad Goode, Joe Hunt, Scott Lee, Walt Weiskopf, Wade Beach, Amy Shook, Jeff Antoniuk, Tony Martucci, Chuck Redd, Richard Evans, Bob Freedman, Anthony Tillman, as well as numerous studio, concert, club date, and international clinic appearances.


Rochinski has received numerous grants and awards including a 1993 Jazz Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for private study with Tal Farlow. In 1984, after leaving the road as the music director, guitarist, and arranger for the Tony Tillman Show, he became a professor at his alma mater, the Berklee College of Music, where, in addition to curriculum development and consulting, he teaches all levels of harmony. He is the author of Harmony 4, the last in a series of Berklee's Core harmony curriculum text books, and Reharmonization Techniques for Berklee Online. He also teaches arranging, ear training, ensembles, and improvisation. He is the author of The Jazz Style of Tal Farlow: The Elements of Bebop Guitar and The Motivic Basis for Jazz Guitar Improvisation (Hal Leonard Pub).

One of the highlights of his performance career was his selection as one of a handful of guitarists to perform at the 1996 JVC Jazz Festival 75th birthday tribute concert for Tal Farlow at Merkin Hall in New York City. He teamed up with Attila Zoller and Andrei Ryabov to perform Zoller's "Homage to O.P.". Other guitarists who appeared at this historic concert event were Johnny Smith, Howard Alden, Herb Ellis, John Abercrombie, Gene Bertoncini, and Sal Salvador, among others.

In 1995, he released his debut album, Until Further Notice, with Grammy-winning producer Richard Evans. He recorded for Jardis Records, a German jazz guitar label. His releases include A Bird in the Hand, Otherwise, Jazz Guitar Highlights Vol. 1, and Something Old, Something New w/ The Boston Studio Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Greg Hopkins.

In November 2001, he was featured in Just Jazz Guitar (November 2001).

In January 2014, he was honored with Berklee's Distinguished Professor Award.

Rochinski's music, in affiliation with Heavy Hitters Music, has appeared in productions for Hallmark Channel, Showtime, and CBS Television.


  • Just Jazz Guitar (November 2001)
  • Who's Who in America 2005–2009 (Marquis Publishing)
  • The Jazz Style of Tal Farlow: The Elements of Bebop Guitar (Hal Leonard Corporation)
  • The Motivic Basis for Jazz Guitar Improvisation (Hal Leonard Corporation)

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