International Jazz Percussionist/drummer/composer/recording artist/journalist. Habib has been involved with the Jazz Community since he was 12 years old having grown up living in Duke Ellington's sister Ruth's home with her sons Michael and Stephen James. He also grew up with Reggie Golson(RIP) and Elvin Ray Jones and his wife Shirley DeFranco Jones. Steve was present at many of The John Coltrane Quartet sessions from most of the ones at VanGelder Studios in Englewood Cliffs,NJ and Birdland,Half Note and others. He was close friends with Jimmy Garrison and has performed with Walter Booker,Jr.,Bertha Hope,Georhe Braith,Joshua Breakstone, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Nat Dixon,Rubin Wilson, Greg Bandy,Walter Bishop,Jr. George Coleman,Hugh Brodie, Roy Campbell,Bill Saxton,Arranged music with CeCil McBee,Kirk Lightsey,Melting Pot Drum Group, Marvin Bu Ga Lu Smith,Christopher Dean Sullivan,Lilly Howard,Sal Giorgianni,Matt Jordan,Derrick James and many,many others too numerous to mention here. During the next few weeks, HABIB and the gang will be in the studio putting the final touches on new work to be used to promote their concerts and Jazz Festival Invites. Habib plans on drawing from the original DRUM GROUP CONCEPT and continuing to write string bass lines using both timpani and tom toms along with traditional AFRICAN DRUMS and Congas. Harmonic DRUM REPRESENTATION of traditional piano,bass and horn configurations are the key to the uniqueness of the ALL DRUM quartets,quintets and sextets.
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