Steve Tavaglione

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Steve Tavaglione
GenresJazz fusion, Jazz, Latin jazz, classical
Instrument(s)Woodwind, EWI
Years active1955–present

Steve Tavaglione, sometimes known as "Tav", is a woodwind and EWI musician best known for his work as a co-founder of the Latin fusion group Caldera with Jorge Strunz and Eduardo del Barrio,[1] his work with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, John Pisano, Scott Kinsey, Diana Ross, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, John Beasley, and his appearances on television and film soundtracks notably film composers Thomas Newman and Mark Isham.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Tavaglione was born December 1, 1950 in Riverside, California, where he was raised. He learned to play saxophone on his own and sat in with a jazz trio that played at his uncle's bowling alley.[2]


His first professional appearance was performing with Sly and the Family Stone at the first Annual American Music Awards.[2]


Tavaglione was a member of the band Caldera, composed of Eddie del Barrio on keyboards, Jorge Strunz on guitar, Dean Cortez on bass, Cuban drummer Carlos Vega, Brazilian percussionist Mike Azevedo, with Tavaglione on saxophone.[5][6][7][8]

Capitol Records signed the band in 1976 and released four albums, with Caldera as the debut album.[9] Caldera's song "Out of the Blue" reached position 95 on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart on January 22, 1977.[10]

"Time and Chance" reached position 46 on the Billboard Best Selling Jazz LPs chart in October 1978.[11][12]


Tavaglione was a member of the band Karizma in various line ups, with David Garfield as leader.[13][14][15]

Solo career[edit]

Tavaglione appears as a studio musician on artist recordings including David Crosby,[16] Mark Isham,[17] John Pisano, John Patitucci,[18][19] John Beasley, Holly Cole,[20] Dave Weckyl,[21][22][23] television programs including CSI, CSI: NY and Charmed, and films including Bridge of Spies, Alpha Dog, Wall-e, Finding Nemo, Road to Perdition, American Beauty.[24][25]

He has appeared as an instrumental soloist on film soundtracks for the scores of Thomas Newman, including The Help and Saving Mr. Banks.[26]


  • Silent Singing, 1997[28]


  1. ^ "Caldera | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2021-05-09.
  2. ^ a b c Gilbert, Mark (2003). "Tavaglione, Steve(n Alan)". Grove Music Online. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.J705600. ISBN 978-1-56159-263-0. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  3. ^ "Steve Tavaglione | Biography, Albums, Streaming Links". AllMusic. Retrieved 2021-05-09.
  4. ^ "Dynamic Duo". Los Angeles Times. 2000-09-15. Retrieved 2021-05-10.
  5. ^ Abramoff, Alex (July 9, 1977). "Japanese Develop Domestic Jazz Amid Flourishing Import Scene" (PDF). Billboard. p. 70.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Ford, Robert Jr. (November 11, 1978). "Talent In Action" (PDF). Billboard. p. 62.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Dreamer Caldera paints a musical fantasy" (PDF). Billboard. June 16, 1979.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Billboard's Recommended LP's" (PDF). September 25, 1976.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "2 Guitarists Seek Out the True-Blue Notes of Artistic Integrity and Audience Appeal". Los Angeles Times. 1989-08-25. Retrieved 2021-05-11.
  10. ^ "Billboard". 1977-01-22. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  11. ^ "Billboard" (PDF). Billboard. October 28, 1978.
  12. ^ Caldera - Caldera | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2021-05-10
  13. ^ "Karizma | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2021-05-11.
  14. ^ "David Garfield & Friends: The State of Things album review @ All About Jazz". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2021-05-11.
  15. ^ "Karizma" (in Danish). Retrieved 2021-05-11.
  16. ^ Crosby, David. "David Crosby Announces Limited Edition 10" Vinyl And Digital Deluxe Version Of CROZ, His First Studio Album In Over 20 Years". (Press release). Retrieved 2021-05-10.
  17. ^ "More Than Jazz Going On : Film soundtrack composer Mark Isham's quintet, now playing at Le Cafe in Sherman Oaks, likes to draw on a menu of diverse sounds, including pop and ethnic music". Los Angeles Times. 1993-11-05. Retrieved 2021-05-10.
  18. ^ "JAZZ REVIEW : Bass Virtuoso Patitucci Should Let Up on Pedal". Los Angeles Times. 1990-12-07. Retrieved 2021-05-10.
  19. ^ "Bass Player Steps Out on His Own : Jazz: After seven years with Chick Corea, John Patitucci further builds his reputation by going solo". Los Angeles Times. 1992-04-21. Retrieved 2021-05-10.
  20. ^ LeBlanc, Larry. "Canada's Cole Showcases Pop Side on Metro Blue Set" (PDF). Billboard. p. 15.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ "Jazz Review : Weckl Quintet Explodes at Catalina". Los Angeles Times. 1994-06-03. Retrieved 2021-05-10.
  22. ^ "JAZZ REVIEWS : SUBRAMANIAM & CO. AT ROYCE HALL". Los Angeles Times. 1986-04-14. Retrieved 2021-05-10.
  23. ^ "JAZZ ALBUM REVIEW : Tunes Loaded With Personality". Los Angeles Times. 1993-10-01. Retrieved 2021-05-10.
  24. ^ "ROAD TO PERDITION – Thomas Newman". MOVIE MUSIC UK. 2002-07-13. Retrieved 2021-05-09.
  25. ^ "G WHIZ: Movie music credits usually say..." Los Angeles Times. 1993-12-12. Retrieved 2021-05-10.
  26. ^ "AFI|Catalog". Retrieved 2021-05-11.
  27. ^ Soergel, Brian. "Steve Tavaglione: Silent Singing". JazzTimes. Retrieved 2021-05-09.
  28. ^ Blue Tav - Steve Tavaglione | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2021-05-11