- BFA, Northern Kentucky University
First Year at Xavier University:
Steve Barone, a native of greater Cincinnati, Ohio, has been playing guitar professionally since 1970. Throughout his career, he has performed extensively in and out of the country, (23 years “on the road”). He has shared the stage with the likes of B.B. King, Donna Summers, Kenny Loggins and Gladys Knight to name a few. He has played various styles of music through the years, but currently focuses solely on his love of jazz.
While living in the Los Angeles area, (almost 17 years), his good friend and only guitar teacher, the late great Joe Pass, had a monumental influence on his style of playing. In December of 1996, Steve returned to his roots of greater Cincinnati where he continues to perform and teach.
He has recorded three CD’s as a bandleader. He is an adjunct jazz guitar faculty member at Xavier University where he also teaches Jazz Improvisation and Writing and Arranging. He also teaches guitar at The School For Creative and Performing Arts. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has post studies at Golden West College in California.
He continues to perform locally, mostly virtuoso, but also performs in small combos of various instrumentation. Some jazz artists he has had the pleasure to perform with include Dave Liebman, Greg Abate, Ron Jones, “Peanuts” Whalum, Tom Kubis, Phil DeGreg, Lee Stolar, Frank Vincent Lou Lausche and Wayne Yeager.
Steve continues to study the guitar, jazz theory, jazz improvisation and jazz history and hopes to record and teach for many more years.