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Based out of Astoria, NY, Steve Kortyka is an accomplished Multi- instrumentalist, Composer and Educator having recently completed a full touring schedule as a part of the collaborative project “Cheek to Cheek” featuring the legendary Tony Bennett and his worthy counterpart, Lady Gaga in 2015. He also serves as co-musical director for the Brian Newman Orchestra and Quintet, and is frequently called upon as a large group arranger to orchestrate compositions for various artists. Steve has recently received a Yamaha endorsement and exclusively plays Yamaha instruments. For info about upcoming gigs and tour dates, please visit him at www.SteveKortyka.com.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Steve began playing saxophone at a young age and quickly gravitated towards learning as much as he could. Upon graduating from The Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Rick VanMatre and James Bunte, he took his maiden voyage as a full time working musician in the cruise industry where he was quickly promoted to Musical Director. “It was a great opportunity to travel, meet wonderful people and learn just about every aspect of the music industry. I am extremely thankful for it.” he says of this experience.
Since arriving in NYC in 2011, Steve has had the opportunity to perform at The Blue Note, Smoke, Showmans, Shapeshifter, the Shrine, Fatcat, Smalls, Birdland, B.B. Kings, SixtyFive, 54 Below, The Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center and many other great establishments throughout the city as well as lead and record 3 studio albums. He has made numerous major network television appearances on shows including ‘The Jimmy Fallon Show’, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ (U.K.), ‘Good Morning America’, ‘Christmas at Rockefeller Center’, ABC’s ‘A Very Gaga Thanksgiving’, PBS’s ‘Great Performances’ and ‘NYE Live at Rockefeller Center with Carson Daly’. Also serving as a Musical Director for the Brian Newman Orchestra, he recently completed 10 arrangements for the band’s residency at the historic NYC venue, the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center.
Currently holding a residency at the GPH hotel every Tuesday and Thursday as well as the AKA hotel every wednesday, Steve is an active performer on the New York scene frequently engaging in collaborative projects with some of the finest musicians in the world today. Having released 2 albums under his own name (‘Wedding Song’ and ‘Steps Forward’) as well as a co-leading an album (‘Oh-Ja’) with organist and fellow musical director Alex Smith, he is no stranger to harmonic invention and has a solid musical voice that is capable of reaching and audience of any background.
In addition to being a full time performer, Steve is also an avid teacher of instrumental as well as improvised music. Time is always made to share his love for the art of jazz and composition through clinics, masterclasses and solo performances around the U.S. Currently he is preparing for a residency at the Boys and Girls club of Cleveland to work with students of all ages on the history of American popular music. As an ever growing musician, he feels it is important to share that growth with those around him in as many ways as possible.