UArts Pre-College Creative Jazz Institute Faculty Steve Beskrone

Bass Department Chair

Music - Instrumental Performance (BM)

A native of Philadelphia, Steven grew up with the melting pot of musical influences that a city like Philly has to offer. He studied bass with Al Stauffer and attended the Philadelphia Musical Academy. He studied bass there with Neil Courtney of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Steve played in the PMA jazz band under the direction of Evan Solot as well as performing with the PMA orchestra under a variety of conductors. Currently, Steve is faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he teaches bass guitar and double bass, conducts clinics, and coaches various ensembles. Steve has also been an instructor at Gerald Veasley's Bass Bootcamp. He shared teaching duties there with many world class players including Doug Wimbish, Victor Wooten, Bakithi Kumalo, Gary Willis and Michael Manring.

He has worked and recorded with legends such as:
  • Ray Charles (featuring David "Fathead" Newman, Hank Crawford, Marcus Belgrave, B.B.King, Milt Jackson, Jimmy Heath, Johnny Coles and others)
  • Jazz pianist-composer Horace Silver (with Miles Davis alumnus Bob Berg, trumpet great Tom Harrell and drummer Eddie Gladden)
  • Jazz guitar icon Pat Martino (with Jim Ridl, Gil Goldstein, Lenny White,
  • Billy Hart)
  • Master jazz drummer Philly Joe Jones
Other great musicians Steve has worked or recorded with include Billy Eckstine, Gloria Lynne, Jack Sheldon, Frank Gambale, Charlie Hunter, Tuck Andress, Jimmy Bruno, Dave Stryker, Bobby Watson, Steve Marcus, Kenny Werner, Diane Monroe, Melody Gardot, Terell Stafford, Ralph Peterson, Terri Lynne Carrington, Karrin Allyson, J.D. Walter, Sheryl Bailey, Uri Caine, John Swana, Todd Horton, Sid Simmons, Ralph Bowen, Frank Vicari, Arnold Steinhart, Seamus Egan, Elio Villafranca, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Valentin, Oscar Hernandez, Carlos Franzetti, Don Glanden, Shirley Scott, Ari Hoenig, Mickey Roker and Dorothy Donegan.