My name is Steve Calabrese and I am a guitarist and composer hailing from Philadelphia, PA. I was drawn to learning the guitar at age eight after hearing the song 'Samba Pa Ti' by Carlos Santana. In 2003 during my final year of elementary school I was chosen to be the guitarist for the Kimmel Center Youth Jazz Ensemble in Philadelphia. As a young musician this was a wonderful period of musical development for me. Some years later I put together The Steve Cal' Band with my fellow University Of The Arts classmates, performing original and classic blues-rock music. We released three CD's between 2013 and 2015 which consited of mainly original material. Early 2017 saw the formation of my instrumental jazz project which reflects my evolving musical direction.
Take a look around the site, and I hope you can come hear me play sometime, and say hello!
In October of 2014, The Steve Cal' Band released 'Room To Move', a full length studio album that hit radio stations and syndicated programming across the country and the world. It ranked #1 on WMHB's top 40 blues album's for May, 2015 along with receiving multiple top ranking spots on various station charts.
Winner of the 2015 Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge receiving sponsorship and entrance into the 2016 International Blues Challenge which features the top blues acts around the world performing on Beal St. in Memphis, TN (The American Idol of Blues Music)
Top prize finisher at the 2013 Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival at World Cafe Live, which highlighted the finest emerging songwriters in the region.
Blues Rock Review has included one of the band's songs on their Volume 4 Sampler CD which features the best up and coming blues- rock artist in the country.
“THE NINE POWERFUL SONGS FROM THE STEVE CAL’ BAND’S DEBUT ALBUM HAVE STRUCTURE, STRENGTH, AND AN INSPIRATIONAL TOUCH TO BE ENJOYED BY ANYONE WHO IS A FAN OF MUSIC...” -MIKE LONCAR OF THE SOUND GUARDIAN (CROATIA)
“IT ISN'T LONG BEFORE CAL’ STARTS SOLOING AND MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE AN AMATEUR...” - TED ROGAN OF THE EQUAL GROUND (UNITED STATES)
“... IT MAKES US EVEN MORE CURIOUS ABOUT NEW MATERIAL FROM THIS TALENTED GROUP!” - LUC MEERT OF ROOTSTIME (BELGIUM)
"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent" ~Victor Hugo