Steve Abrams Trio


Steve Abrams Trio
The Steve Abrams Trio is a dynamic, powerful and unique group, featuring some of the finest jazz musicians in the Bay Area, playing a wide range styles, from hard bop and swing, Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz, blues, soulful ballads and boleros, to ethnic jazz from Cuba, Puerto Rico and South America, and original compositions. The group features pianist/flautist/arranger Steve Abrams, bassist Heath Proskin and drummer Olaf Schiappacasse.
Steve Abrams has been a mainstay on the jazz and Afro-Cuban music scene in the Bay Area for over 20 years. Besides leading the Steve Abrams Trio and Quintet, he was also the leader of Midnight Mambo, a powerful 8-piece Latin jazz ensemble, and played with the salsa group Orquesta Gitano for many years. His groups have performed at many venues, including the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the San Jose International Jazz Festival, Monterey Live and Blondiniís Jazz Cafť in Wellington, New Zealand. His New Zealand Latin jazz sextet, Pleasure Point, performed at the Nelson International Jazz Festival (New Zealand) in 2010 and 2011, and the Tauranga National Jazz Festival in 2012. Steve also spent 15 years as musical director and accompanist for Mountain Community Theater and Little Peopleís Repertory Theater in Ben Lomond. He has a B.A. in Music from UCLA, with an emphasis on arranging and African drumming, and teaches piano and flute at his home in Ben Lomond.
Heath Proskin is a first-call bass player in the Monterey area and has appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival, as well as numerous venues throughout the area. Raised in New York, he received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music and worked with many of the finest players in the Boston area. After six months gigging in the Caribbean, he moved to California, completed a doctorate at UC Santa Barbara, and relocated to Monterey, where he resides today.
Olaf Schiappacasse has been playing professionally for over 40 years, since first joining the Santa Cruz Musiciansí Union in 1970. Through the 70ís he played in many local bands including Warmth and Rain of the then-popular Cooperhouse scene, in addition to working the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe club circuit. The 80ís and 90ís found him touring the world with a show band playing many corporate events, and backing up performers such as Chuck Berry, Donna Summer, Ben E. King, the Coasters, the Platters and many others. He continues to freelance around both the Monterey and San Francisco Bay Area, playing all types of gigs from jazz trios to big band and R&B soul music.