Josh Cellars Jazz Series
Steve Hobbs, the son of professional dancers began playing hand drums and percussion at age 7. He began formal instruction on trumpet and percussion at age 11 and was playing in dance bands by age 15. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1978 touring with top pop groups including "Janice" who had a #8 Hit on Casey Kasum top 100. The group had appearances on American Bandstand with Dick Clark and the Red Foxx Show. Two years later Hobbs left the road to attend University of Miami as a Jazz Mallet Major. He graduated with Masters of Music in 1982. In 1982 and 1983 Hobbs began doctoral work at University of Northern Colorado dropping out his third semester in order to tour with jazz accordion legend Art Van Damme and many others starting in 1983. Steve played off and on with Art till his death in 2010. Since 1983 Hobbs has toured as leader or sideman with Jumpin Johnny, The Upsetters, Tom Harrell, Jim Crawford, Teresa Carroll, Randy Johnston, Art Van Damme, Lenore Raphael and more.