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Born in New York City, Steve Hass is a professional studio/touring drummer and producer who’s worked with such artists as Cher, John Scofield, The Manhattan Transfer, Ravi Coltrane, Miri Ben-Ari, Christian McBride, Danillo Perez, John Patitucci, Richard Bona, Wayne Krantz, The BBC Big Band, Suzanne Vega, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Russ Ferrante, Will Lee, Anthony Jackson and many others. He has also shared the stage with such renown artists as Billy Joel, Art Garfunkel, George Benson to name a few.
After attending Berklee College Of Music on scholarship from 1993-1996 Steve was asked to join the Ravi Coltrane Quartet. He toured and recorded with the band from 1996 to 2002. The music was a mixture of post bop jazz, funk, and odd meter fusion. During this time Steve was also a studio drummer in New York City playing on dozens of national jingles, record dates, television and movie soundtracks. He was also a member of Ruben Wilson’s “Masters Of Groove” where he shared the drum chair with the legendary Bernard Purdie. In addition, Steve was hired for short touring stints with The Christian McBride Band, Suzanne Vega, Bob Berg, and Richard Bona amongst others. Throughout this period Steve was the first call drummer for hip hop/jazz violinist and Universal recording artist Miri Ben Ari. Ben Ari praised Hass’ ability to duplicate programmed hip hop drum parts and then immediately switch gears for her jazz repertoire.
In 2003 Steve began touring and recording with 9 time Grammy winners and Atlantic recording artists, The Manhattan Transfer. He remains the first call drummer for legendary vocal quartet, and works with them as his schedule permits. He is the first touring drummer in the history of the band to record with them. He is featured on 4 album releases and 1 live concert DVD. That same year, Hass released a solo album named Traveler. The C.D displays Hass’ skills as a talented producer. His usage of sonic layering and drum loops is reminiscent of Jon Brion.
In 2005 Steve joined The John Scofield Band to support Scofield’s Verve release “That’s What I’d Say”. Soul legend Mavis Staples joined the touring group in 2006 and finished out the last year of touring until December 2006. Scofield also used Steve in his jazz trio, along with bassist John Benitez for select local N.Y dates.
In 2006 Hass had an 8 page feature interview in Modern Drummer Magazine. He is now a regular educational contributor in the “ask a pro” and “workshop” columns.
Since establishing a second residence in Los Angeles in 2007, Steve regularly performs with pianist and Tony Williams ‘Lifetime’ alumnus Alan Pasqua, along with saxophone virtuoso Bob Sheppard and other renown musicians on the L.A scene. He is also a visiting faculty member at such schools as USC, LA Music Academy, and The New School for Jazz in New York City. In early 2010 Steve opened “Hassbeat Productions Inc” in North Hollywood California, a full service music production facility where he records drum tracks and produces music for clients around the world.
In addition to Earthworks Audio, Hass is a full endorser of Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Latin Percussion, SKB Cases, and Evans drumheads.
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