Steve Cotter


Steve Cotter's first interest in jazz and studying guitar came about in his 17th year. Born on May 6th, 1969, in Inglewood, California, Steve spent his childhood years in Huntington Beach where he acquired a guitar at age 11. It was not until his senior year in high school that he made the conscience decision to study music.

He began his studies at Orange Coast College and in three years he transfered to the University of North Texas on scholarship where he obtained a Bachelors and Masters in music. Cotter excelled at the esteemed college playing in the One O' Clock band and obtaining the graduate teaching fellowship in which he taught guitar classes and directed the Six O' Clock Lab Band. He was featured on four One O' Clock albums including his composition "Time's Wait" on Lab 95'. At UNT he played along side distinguished jazz performers including Marc Johnson, Buster Wiliams, Gerry Muligan, and Randy Brecker.

In 1995, he returned to Southern California and formed various bands alongside such talented musicians including Matt Otto, Joe Bagg, Dave Sills, James Mahone, Danton Boller, and Willie Jones III. In 1997 he had made his home in Los Angeles and began three years of touring with Bobby Caldwell, traveling to Japan, Europe and throughout the U.S. He has performed with such notables as Joey DeFrancesco, Jimmy Smith, Dave Pike, John Pisano, Bill Perkins, Dale Fielder, Jane Getz, Bob Maize, Ernie Watts, Lew Soloff, Lou Marini, and Ramon Banda. He has recorded on several CDs including Bette Midler's Tribute to Pegg Lee, Bobby Caldwell's Come Rain or Come Shine, Matt Otto's 53 West 19th, Evan Stone's Sticks and Stones, Josh Nelson's Anticipation, and Jerry Pinter's Caminos Cruzados. His compositions have been recorded by artists including Dan St.Marseilles Swinging Saint.

In 2005 to the present he has toured extensively with vocalist Steve Tyrell to Europe, Japan, Russia, and the U.S. including residencies in New York City. While in Los Angeles he teaches at Citrus College, performs at various venues, and is currently working on a CD featuring his original compositions.

Some of Steve Cotter's influences include Sonny Rollins, Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, Peter Bernstein, Ron Eschete, Charlie Parker, J.S. Bach and the great author Henry Miller.
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