Based out of Astoria, NY, Steve Kortyka is an accomplished mulit-instrumentalist, composer, educator and full time performer. Steve is a main member of the Brian Newman Quintet/Quartet, one of NYC’s modern working bands holding multiple residencies throughout the city and earning a living performing the classic standards of yesteryear with a modern twist to them. The Grammy Award Winning albums ‘Cheek to Cheek’ (2014) and ‘Tony Bennett Celebrates 90’ (2016) feature Steve’s arranging work on ‘Firefly’, ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’, ‘Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered’ and ‘La Vie En Rose’. Steve is also featured performing an improvised solo on Irving Berlin’s classic “Let’s Face the Music and Dance.”
Steve has lead and recorded three studio albums under his own name as well as co-leads the New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra alongside some of NYC’s most brilliant up and coming arrangers. Steve serves as an Arranger/Music Director for the Brian Newman Orchestra and has written a number of arrangements for the band’s former residency at the historic NYC venue, the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center .
Since arriving in NYC in 2011, Steve has had the opportunity to perform at NYC’s notorious venues which include Radio City Music Hall, Cipriani’s, The Iridium, Rockefeller Center’s Square, Smalls, Birdland, Sony Music Hall, 54 Below, The Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center and many others throughout the city. Steve has made numerous major network television appearances on shows including ‘The Jimmy Fallon Show’, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ (U.K.), ‘Good Morning America’, ‘Christmas at Rockefeller Center’, ABC’s ‘A Very Gaga Thanksgiving’, PBS’s ‘Great Performances’ and ‘NYE Live at Rockefeller Center with Carson Daly’ alongside Brian Newman in support of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.
In addition to being a full time performer, Steve is also an avid teacher of instrumental as well as improvised music. Time is always made to share his love for the art of jazz and composition through clinics, masterclasses and solo performances around the United States. Steve exclusively plays Boston Sax Shop Reeds, SYOS (Shape Your Own Sound) mouthpieces and is endorsed by Yamaha, Applied Microphone Technologies, Earthquaker Devices and Keyleaves.