Steve Herberman / Reach Music



"Steve Herberman exhibits a vast harmonic palette involving uncommon stretches on the fretboard along with a real capacity to burn on fluent single note lines... His sheer command of the instrument puts one in mind of such jazz guitar masters as Joe Pass, Joe Diorio, Lenny Breau, and Gene Bertoncini. His nuanced touch, excellent tone, tasteful, even phrasing and fresh writing style, further elevates Herberman far above the pack of other talented Berklee grads...definitely worth checking out for fans of advanced jazz guitar." - Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes (05/07)

Steve is a graduate of Berklee College Of Music later adopting the seven-string guitar in 1993. Steve Herberman has performed at venues such as Birdland in NYC, Spazio in Los Angeles, the NAMM shows in Anaheim and Nashville, and recently at the North Wales jazz guitar weekend in the U.K. as a featured guest artist. Closer to home he has performed at Blues Alley, the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe, and the Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts. Steve has played with renowned musicians such as Keter Betts, Buster Williams, Gary Bartz, Drew Gress, Chuck Berghofer, Mark Ferber, Jim Snidero, Chuck Redd, Ali Ryerson, Steve Williams, Steve LaSpina, Jeff Hirshfield, John Pisano and many more.

Steve Herberman has recorded three CDs as a leader; Thoughtlines (2001) Action:Reaction (2006) and Ideals (2008.) His recordings have received wide critical acclaim in JazzTimes, Downbeat, Jazz Improv and many others. Steve’s recent CD, Ideals, reached the Top 10 on the JazzWeek chart for national airplay remaining on the chart for 16 weeks. Action:Reaction, a CD of Steve's original music, was chosen as one of the top 50 CD's of 2007 by Jazz Improv magazine.

Steve Herberman taught jazz guitar on the faculty of Towson University for 14 years and is presently teaching guitar at Sidwell Friends School in DC. He is also on the faculty of Maryland Summer Jazz and teaches at his home studio in addition to giving lessons via Skype. He has presented masterclasses in the U.K. and at many universities across the U.S. Steve has written instructional material for Downbeat magazine, Mel Bay’s Guitar Sessions, Just Jazz Guitar, the National Guitar Workshop newsletter and columns for Modern Guitars webzine. He is an online instructor for where he has taught dozens of popular jazz video lessons. Steve Herberman has been featured on the cover of Just Jazz Guitar Magazine (Feb. 2009) with his Comins guitar that he has endorsed for many years.

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Steve/Keter Betts Steve/Keter Betts Steve/Jim Hall
Steve/Chuck Redd/Tommy Cecil   Steve/Paws Trio   Steve/Mitch Seidman
Steve/Jim Hall   Steve/Chuck Redd/Tommy Cecil   Steve/Howard Alden
Steve portrait   Steve at Spazio   Steve at Spazio
Steve at IMAX   Steve at Tabard Inn   Steve at Philly Guitar Show
Steve in Nashville   Steve at Birdland   Steve at Birdland
Steve at IMAX   Steve at NAMM   Steve & Towson University Guitar Ensemble
Steve & Pat Martino
Steve at World Guitar Congress
Just Jazz Guitar Cover

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Thought Lines cover
Steve Herberman at Birdland (photo by Jimmy Bruno)
Action:Reaction cover

Several solo images

Photos by
Michael G. Stewart

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