“MUSIC IS THE FOOD FOR YOUR EARS AND YOUR SOUL... ALLOW ME TO FEED YOU!!!! ”
Having a sound that could be described as “smooth and edgy at the same time”, saxophonist Steven B. comes straight at you with a mission of seizing your ears! Filling each musical moment(s) with emotions and colors that can only come from one’s soul, his saxophone is the tool used to tell a story. His story! His voice!! His WAY!!!
Hailing from the musically rich city of “Brotherly Love” – Philadelphia, PA, Steven Bundick (better known as Steven B.), began his musical journey at age five playing the clarinet. By the age of thirteen he switched to the alto saxophone and developed rather quickly. He started playing in area R&B; bands - performing for private parties, street parties and other local social events.
Today, his musical arsenal includes the soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, Yamaha WX-11 wind controller as well as his lush tenor vocals to round out his ability to both play and sing, thus positioning himself to be able to connect with a diverse adult audience and makes him a sure bet to cross boundaries as a multi-faceted musician.
“Early on I realized somewhere deep in my spirit that when I sang and or played the saxophone, there was a feeling of something divine and powerful happening. A feeling I couldn’t describe or explain. All I knew was that it felt “peacefully right” and that I was meant to do this! In other words, my sense of purpose - my ultimate connection with the universe!” -SB
His musical resume includes performances with and or being the opening artist for national recording artists such as Jean Carne, Tom Browne, Jeffery Osborne, Regina Belle, Vickie Winans, Norman Connors, Michael Henderson, Bob Baldwin, George Duke, Gil Scott-Heron, Chanta Moore, Kenny Lattamore, Anthony Hamilton, Heatwave, Richard Smallwood, Yolanda Adams, Ledisi, Phyllis Hyman, Glenn Jones, Jennifer Holiday, Nona Hendryx, The Last Poets, Sherrie Winston, Tanya Blount, George Howard, Blue Magic, SOS Band and comedian George Wilborn, just to name a few.
Jam Sessions included: Organist Jack McDuff, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, the late great pianist and songstress – Ms. Shirley Horn, the late great saxophonist Frank Morgan and “Mr. Magic” himself, the late great Mr. Grover Washington, Jr.
Steven B. has also performed for various functions which include private events, fundraisers and special congressional events for U.S. Congressman John Conyers, U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Washington, DC Mayors Marion Berry, Tony Williams and Adrian Fenty, Washington Redskins NFL players, Hollywood Screen actors Charles “Rock” Dutton and Malcolm Jamal Warner.
Steven B.’s clients include Martell Hennessy, Benson & Hedges, WHUR 96.3, BET, B. Smith’s Restaurants, Smithsonian Institution, The Henley Park Hotel, WDC Arts Commission, WDC Very Special Arts, the Japanese-American Society of WDC, Las Vegas Visitors Authority, CNN, Ford Motors Minority Dealership Association, the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Conference and 100 Black Men of America, District of Columbia Nurses Association.
In addition to the vast diverse list above, Steven B. leads his own musical group that goes under the moniker "Steven B. & Friends". This group consist of some of Washington DC's finest who have themselves performed with national and worldwide artists.
Steven B. was a 2023 HIMA (Hollywood Independent Music Awards) nominated artist for the Jazz (Smooth/Cool) category for his song "In Flight"
"The awesomeness of saxophonist Steven B. is unmatched among today's jazz musicians. This gifted "triple" threat plays, writes and sings! His passion for music is felt in every note!" [Robin A. Jones - Host of the Jazz Hang Suite on WMEL Radio]
"Melody is key in any smooth jazz piece and the way Steven treats his melodic themes is marvelous. Both delectable and full of finesse, Steven B's melodic handling is excellent and the way he evolves, enhances, and develops his main sax themes ensures the music boasts a level of cohesiveness that allows the music to be easily followed and absorbed" (Andre Avanessian - Radio Airplay). https://www.jango.com/music/steven+b+/reviews/2281-if-i-could
"In Flight is a light and breezy new release from renowned D.C. metro area saxophonist Steven Bundick, AKA Steven B. Co-written with keyboardist Jonathan Davis, this mid-tempo track presents a contemporary smooth jazz sound, with Steven's soulful tenor sax leading a top-notch ensemble highlighted by a crack rhythm section. Percussive electric bass, airy keys and syncopated guitar meld with a crisp and steady backbeat punctuated by dynamic brass, on this tune that also features a guest spot from legendary trumpet player, Tom Browne. Without a shadow of a doubt, Steven B.'s "In Flight" deserves a roster spot on any smooth or contemporary jazz playlist" (Steven Azami - Radio Airplay) https://www.jango.com/music/steven+b+/reviews/22480-in-flight
(Chestertown Jazz Festival)
“….The Joe Byrd Trio was one of the groups featured. Joe is Charlie Byrd’s brother and recorded over 50 albums with his brother. Another artist, Steven Bundick was pretty awesome on the sax with his band – Steven B. & Friends”! [Captain Jon & Ruby]
“I would like to thank you for your assistance with our reception for the 19th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards on 12/18/03. Your attention to detail and commitment to excellence are qualities we look for in partners”! [Gov. of the District of Columbia – D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities]
(Performing with actor/musician Malcom Jamal-Warner)
“…..Jazz Saxophonist Steven Bundick and his band put it DOWN for all of us poets who got up to spit! The turnout was cool and the crowd was on fire”!
[Malcom Jamal-Warner (Actor – from the Bill Cosby Show and Musician – Miles Long)]
“Many thanks for performing at our wedding ceremony at Mt. Jezreel. Everyone is still raving about “that saxophonist”! [Reggie & Sheila Johnson]
“Steve, what can I say, last night was fantastic! That was my first time at Blues Alley and it was great. I enjoyed the whole evening. You and that band were great. Hope to see your name up in lights again real soon”! [L. Womack]
“Oh my God, what an evening.......YOU PACKED THE ALLEY!!!!!!!!
I am still high from your jam session last night. Watching you on stage, it’s not
just a gig, you really love what you do! Your band was awesome!!!!! I have never seen you get off like that. I wish I could have stayed for the next set. GREAT SHOW”!!!!!!!
"Steven B. is a fantastic saxophonist and his band was superb!"
Opening act for national recording artist Jeffrey Osborne)
"Osborne was not the only act to perform on this first night. Local jazz saxophonist and vocalist Steven B. also performed with his band. Steven B. is a fantastic saxophonist and his band was superb! Many people in the audience were willing to wait a little longer to see Jeffrey"! [The Washington Informer]
As a Leader:
"It's Time" (2023) - Steven B.
As a Co-Leader and Producer:
Hang'in Out For The Holidays (2011) - Bundick, Chapman & Davis
For You For Christmas (2002) - Bundick, Chapman & Davis
As a Featured Artist:
Music Timeline Concert Series @ Strathmore (2005) - Commitment
Exhale (2003) – Michael Fore
God Did It! (2003) – The Sargent Gospel-Aires
Moment of Truth (2002) – Temika Moore
Christmas Joy (2000) The Florida Ave Baptist Church
One Million Sold (1999) – Tony Cothran
Some of That Thick Funk (1999) – The Eddie Anderson Project
ForeFathers (1998) – Micheal Fore
Celebration (1997) – The Jubilee Majestic Concert Choir
We are His People (1996) – Terry Lee White, Sr.
A Moment in Meditation (1995) - Moja Nya