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Steven Santoro

Steven Santoro, born Steven Kowalczyk, from Milford, Massachusetts, did not have to look far to find his new name. His grandfather, Libertore Santoro, was a saxophone player and inspired Steven, the fourth grader, to play the horn as well. But during his freshman year in high school, Steven’s musical interests took a turn. Even though he loved playing classic big band charts like Count Basie’s “Queen Bee,” he truly found himself while sitting in front of a piano writing songs. Soon his band director was lending him the keys to the grand piano in the auditorium.

Steven’s songwriting and singing addiction eventually led him to the University of Massachusetts to study Afro American music and jazz with Dr. Horace Boyer. While learning to sing and improvise on classic 32 bar songs made famous in the jazz and swing eras, Steven wrote and arranged his own pieces. Some were inspired by the form and tone of the classics and others continued on the ever-changing path of the pop music that pervaded.

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