Steven Springer / Tropicooljazz

Steven Springer / Tropicooljazz

 Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
BandJazzWorld

Steven Springer is an accomplished and soulful songwriter and innovative fingerstyle guitarist, with his roots firmly planted in reggae, soca and calypso. His unique musical style is a melting pot of jazz, reggae, latin, blues, rock and R&B, which combine to form a refreshing and exceptional sound.

Biography

Born in Trinidad, in the West Indies, Steven Springer was inspired by the melodic lilting sound of soca and calypso, and started playing guitar at a young age. Steven was intrigued by the fusion of many different cultures and beautiful natural features of Trinidad. He quickly became a very popular and sought-after guitarist, and in his early twenties, Steven moved to Phoenix, Arizona and formed a band called Sanctuary, which rose to fame, winning local awards for “Band of The Year” for three consecutive years, as well as “Album of the Year,” during the 1980’s. Touring worldwide, Springer was a featured artist at the 1988 World’s Fair in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, performing with the Trinidad Calypso Band. Upon returning to the United States, Springer joined Hugh Borde’s world famous Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band, performing and recording with them for over ten years. Among other numerous awards and honors, Steven was chosen “Best Guitar Player,” every year from 1990 to 1993, at the annual Detroit Music Awards.

Inspired by a visit to Trinidad, Steven Springer decided to write and record some new songs, featuring a new style of jazz he dubbed "Tropicooljazz," which was a melting pot of all of the music that has influenced him: calypso, soca, jazz, reggae, Latin, blues, rock and R&B. He recorded the first Tropicooljazz CD by collaborating with musicians from all over the world via the internet. Steven then followed up that release with another visit to Trinidad and another CD release, "Tropicooljazz 2" which featured more songs that were written about and inspired by Trinidad and Tobago, as well as his personal battle with cancer. Normally known for his instrumental releases, "Three Came For Me" features vocal tracks by a wide variety of well-known Caribbean and jazz artists. "Tropicooljazz 4.0" features a unique collection of songs which highlight Steven's world music background, while continuing to develop the Tropicool sound.

Steven has recorded and produced over twenty-five albums/CD’s alongside many of Caribbean music’s most popular acts, as well as numerous jingles for radio and television. In addition to Tropicooljazz, Steven is currently the guitarist for the fusion power trio JUNGLE with legendary drummer Muruga Booker, and bassist Dave Sharp.

As a cancer survivor, Steven has reinvented himself as the "Cancer Assassin" and often performs playing guitar at fund raisers and benefits for the Cancer Society. Steven Springer is currently signed with Big Big Productions and Black Kettle Records and is featured on releases from Schoolkids Records as well as Sony Records.

Discography

You can listen to several of Steven's CD's online at http://stevenspringer.info/music.html

View several videos at: http://stevenspringer.info/videos.html

This is only a partial discography. Steven has performed on over 25 albums as well as a guest artist on countless recordings. His song "Shashee" was released by Sony Music as part of a CD compilation.

--Sanctuary--
Sanctuary
Sanctuary 2
Sanctuary 3

--Sir Lancelot--
Pinardhymns - Religious Calypso

--Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band--
Trinidad Tripoli Live
HOTLIKEFIRE

--NiteFlight--
NiteFlight Caribbean
Speaking Out
NiteFlight.us

--TROPICOOLJAZZ--
Tropicooljazz
Tropicooljazz 2
Three Came For Me
Tropicooljazz 4.0

--JUNGLE--
Jungle

--Solo--
Caribbean Casino
Caribbean Collection 1
Caribbean Collection 2
Satisfyingly