Steve Langone grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts and continues to live and work in the area. Musically he has traveled far and wide, making the most of the great diversity of musical opportunities he has encountered. As a teenager he won multiple High School musicianship awards and started playing professional jazz gigs before graduating. He went on to get a BA on scholarship from the Berkelee College of Music, where he had the opportunity to work and study with musicians from all over the world. He also studied privately with local giants Alan Dawson, Bob Gulotti and Fred Buda. While at Berkelee he landed a steady gig at a Brazilian club that lasted for 7 years, solidifying his grasp of many of that country’s musical idioms. In the meantime, he founded the Jinga Trio (now quintet) with bassist Fernando Huergo and a rotating cast of inspiring pianists (Helio Alves, Alon Yavnai and Luis Perdomo), providing an outlet for his compositional energy. In 2001 he released his first album as a leader, the well received Finders Keepers, featuring Jerry Bergonzi, and in 2009 the eponymous Steve Langone Group. He is now at the top of the call list for New England jazz gigs and recording sessions and has performed at clubs and festivals in the United States, South America and Europe. Starting in the fall of 2009 Steve will be a Guest Artist/Teacher at the University of Rhode Island and will be teaching percussion at Wellesley College.
Steve has worked with many of the area’s and the world’s top performers, including Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Donny McCaslin, Bruce Gertz, Antonio Sanchez, Victor Mendoza, Luciana Sousa, Mili Bermejo, Dan Greenspan, Bruce Bartlett, Steve Hunt, Oscar Stagnaro, Rebecca Paris, Mark Murphy, Garrison Fewell, Tiger Okoshi, John Lockwood, Bobby Santos, Miguel Zenon, Baron Browne, Claudio Ragazzi, Joe Delaney, Dan Moretti and many others.
Steve has performed at jazz festivals on the East coast and around the world, including the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, the Upstate New York Jazz Festival, the Brazilian/Argentinean Music Festival in New York, the Bethlehem Jazz Fest in Pennsylvania, the Savannah Jazz Festival in Georgia, the Huntington Jazz Festival in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico and the Tirana Jazz Festival in Albania. He performs regularly in clubs in Boston and New York such as the Regatta Bar, Scullers, Ryles, Acton Jazz Cafe, The Blue Note, Wally's, Smalls, Iridium, The Bitter End, The Knitting Factory, Lucille's, and S.O.B's.