Steve J.




Bellevue, WA
Hometown: Bellevue

Organizer since:

May 11, 2011

What instrument(s) do you play? (include voice if you sing!)

Acoustic piano, except when the gig doesn't have one, in which case it's a NORD Electro4-HP, but also play Hammond XK3-c and a KORG KronosX workstation.

What styles of music do you like to play/sing? (i.e., standards, blues, modal, bebop, free jazz, etc.)

I like to play standards (including modal and cycle of fifths). Biggest influences are the post-bop styles of Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Michel Petrucciani, David Hazeltine, Dave Peck, Eliane Elias, and Andy LaVerne.

What formats do you want to play/sing in? (duo, trio, quartet, quintet, stageband, drop-in jam, hosted jam in public, etc.)

I play piano in jazz trios including the Steve Jones Trio featuring Paul Storz (bs) and Charles McNary (dr). Adding horns (sax, trumpet) is fun too; I get to lay back and let the horns take the lead. At jam sessions I play piano. I'm hosting vocal jams to get more accompanist chops; it's a lot of fun too.

How much theory can you apply in your playing/singing? (i.e., reharmonization, cycle of fifths, jazz scales/modes, etc.)

I know the jazz scales/chords and modes, most consonant scales, cycle of fifths reharmonization, tritone & diminished chord substitution, and how to get at the underlying structure of a tune from a typical real book chart.

Do you read music or play by ear only? What kind of music do you read? (i.e., lead sheets/Real Books, written-out, etc.)

I play from lead sheets like the real books, but don't sight-read legit piano music.


I started this group to get out and play more with people. Married, retired early as technologist/entrepr­eneur in Bellevue, done with that, love jazz. Passionate, driven, like organizing groups, looking for fun and growth as a musician.

What Steve J. is saying about this Meetup Group

This group is a ton of fun!

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