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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 Bachelor’s in Music Education from The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, and a Master’s in Music Performance from The University of Massachusetts, Lowell. 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 performs regularly in jazz, classical, theater, and contemporary music settings. Steve has accompanied notable local and international artists, including Al Martino, Steven Tyler, Danny Kalb, John C. Reilly, Dick Johnson, Michael Musillami, Joe Parillo, Krisanthi Pappas, Walter Flores, and Shirley Lewis. Performing at jazz festivals, 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 recordings. Steve teaches private lessons, ensembles, and jazz clinics through his private studio, Foxboro and Medfield Public Schools, and Thayer Academy. He was previously on staff as Jazz Ensemble Director, Jazz History and Jazz Theory instructor at Anna Maria College, and studio bass teacher at Assumption College and Worcester State University. 

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