Stephen’s Own On Solo Piano (original compositions)

We’d like to thank Dave Tesoro at Future Vision Video in Lagrangeville, NY and Katie Elder of the 2017 Bronxville HS Baccalaureate committee for their help in resurrecting Stephen’s 2008 BHS Baccalaureate performance. It was Stephen’s first major public performance and he chose to play an original composition for his graduation. He shared it with Pam just prior to the performance and said he didn’t know  what to call it. She told him if it expressed what you are feeling then maybe it should just be “Stephen’s Own”. Hence the title and theme throughout “Morning Strut” is a public performance of his original composition from his frequent residency at Chickie Wa Wa in NOLA. “Rampart Rumba” is from his WWOZ March 2016 Spring Pledge Drive performance and we thank Scott Borne and the folks at WWOZ for their permission to include the full interview as well. Steve plays and talks in depth about his background, his move to New Orleans and his music.