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Bassist Steve Skop is a native of Troy, NY, but has made his home in the Boston Area since 1988. He earned a B.M. in Music Education from The Crane School Of Music, SUNY Potsdam and a M.M. in Music Performance from The University of Massachusetts, Lowell. His professional career is comprised of performing in jazz, classical, theater, world music and contemporary music settings; teaching private lessons, ensembles and jazz clinics. Steve has had the pleasure of performing with notable local and international artists, including: Al Martino, Steven Tyler, Danny Kalb, John C. Reilly, Ernestine Jackson, Montego Glover, Dick Johnson, Krisanthi Pappas, Michael Musillami, James Dower, Joe Parillo, Brendan Byrnes, Kevin Grudecki, Shaun England, Elena Suchánková, Walter Flores, Alan Eicher, Johnny Souza, Steve Hunt, Gray Sargent, Ptah Brown, Shirley Lewis, Umi Garrett, Maria Tecce, Derek Moloney, Deirdre Shannon and Cora Smyth. He has opened for international jazz artists Gary Burton, The Yellowjackets and Branford Marsalis. Steve has appeared in live television and radio performances, and on multiple cd’s as a sideman. Through his recordings with singer/songwriter Krisanthi Pappas, Steve’s bass playing has been heard on NBC’s “Parenthood” and “Passions”, ABC’s “One Life To Live”, Here TV’s “The Lair” and in the film “Green River”.  He studied jazz improvisation with Charlie Banacos; jazz and classical bass with Mark Henry; jazz studies and electric bass with Bruce Gertz; and classical bass with Paul Erhard and Richard Stephan. Steve teaches privately out of his home studio in Millis, MA.  He is the director of the jazz ensemble at Anna Maria College, directs jazz and rock ensemble’s at Thayer Academy and Venerini Academy.  Steve teaches studio bass at Anna Maria College, Foxborough High School and Thayer Academy.

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