Steven Kirby

Steven Kirby
skirby@berklee.edu
Music
B.M., Berklee College of Music; M.M. University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

Steven Kirby

Music Instructor, Jazz Guitar

Guitarist, composer, educator: Mr. Kirby is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and has a Masters degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging from University of Massachusetts (Amherst). As well as his work at Wellesley as a Music instructor of jazz guitar, he is an Associate Professor, Harmony at Berklee College of Music.


Guitarist, composer, educator Steven Kirby (“a guitarist of rippling technique and a poetic mind”- Downbeat) has built a reputation for performing exciting, melodic, lyrical and expressive jazz as well as being active as a performer in other contemporary styles. He has appeared on over 20 released recordings including three as a leader “Point Of Balance” and “North Light” (both on Challenge Records)—and “Illuminations” (on WCS records). “Illuminations” received Downbeat Magazine’s “Editors Pick” award. He has performed and/or recorded with many of todays most respected contemporary musicians including Chris Potter, Mike Manieri (Steps Ahead), Joe Lovano, Steve Hunt, Allan Holdsworth, Matt Malley (of Counting Crows) and others.  He has toured in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, Europe, China and Africa.

Kirby’s music has been played on over 100 radio stations in the US and internationally including features on NPR’s “Here and Now”, “Jazz with Bob Parlocha” and “Eric in the Evening”.

His jazz compositions have won awards in the International Songwriting Competition, the Billboard Song Contest and Downbeat. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and has a Masters degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging from University of Massachusetts (Amherst). He is currently on the music faculty Berklee College of Music (Associate Professor, Harmony), and Wellesley College (Jazz Guitar Instructor).

Selected Reviews:

“Kirby’s music manifests the truth that jazz is an art built on growth and renewal…an extraordinarily pleasing and diverse album” (All About Jazz).

“Steven Kirby, guitarist of rippling technique and a poetic mind, has developed a modern jazz guitar style that bridges the angular lyricism of Pat Metheny and the painterly asceticism of Jim Hall”. (Downbeat Magazine)

“Meticulously played, elegantly produced ….Kirby has a serious command of the guitar” (New England Performer)

"..deep beauty and spare, folkloric elegance while  also an album that doesn't lose sight of Kirby's jazz roots and a penchant for more incendiary playing. Texturally he expands his palette with a larger group  who collectively lift these deep yet eminently accessible compositions off the page to leap out of the speakers…….Illuminations represents Kirby's biggest leap forward yet -..as a writer but, equally, as a guitarist who leans towards inimitable lyricism yet also possesses the chops to burn brightly as the music demands it

John Kelman (ECM records)