BIOGRAPHY

Steve Messick with the Endemic Ensemble at the 2015 North Bend Jazz Walk

Steve Messick is a jazz and classical bassist and composer based in Seattle, Washington. He is the founder and band leader of the Endemic Ensemble and the Random Access Quartet, and he is a member of Orchestra Seattle.

Endemic Ensemble: Tangled

In 2016, Steve produced the Endemic Ensemble's second album, Tangled, released through Opus Funkus Music. This recording contains three of Steve's compositions: "Sugar Ant", "The Snort", and "Goodbye, Old Friend".

In collaboration with percussionist Christian Krehbiel in 2013, Steve founded the Random Access Quartet, an alternative jazz quartet that performs songs from rock and pop artists, such as Radiohead, Blondie, Portishead, Santana, and Led Zeppelin, along with hard-bop standards from jazz artists like Wayne Shorter and Horace Silver.

Endemic Ensemble: Lunar

In 2012, Steve produced the Endemic Ensemble's debut album, Lunar, released through Pony Boy Records. This recording contains six of Steve's compositions: "Lunar", "Return of the Pelicans", "March-Bop", "Solace", "A Short Walk with Many Stops", and "Spikenard". Lunar has received praise from Lucid Culture's review, Endemic Ensemble Delivers a Gorgeously Tuneful 2012 Album, and from Carol Banks Weber's review, Endemic Ensemble turns LUNAR into a swanky jazz club experience. Lunar made Lucid Culture's The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2012.

In 2010, Steve founded the Endemic Ensemble, a collaborative, modern jazz quintet with Travis Ranney on tenor and soprano saxophones, Matso Limtiaco on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, David Franklin on piano, and Ken French on drums. The Endemic Ensemble's music is composed by Messick, Franklin, and Limtiaco. In 2016, Christian Krehbiel joined the Endemic Ensemble on drums.

New Bop Brigade: New Bop Brigade

In 2002, Steve and pianist David Franklin founded the New Bop Brigade with Chris Stover on trombone, Travis Ranney on tenor saxophone, and Ken French on drums. All of the music was composed by Messick and Franklin, taking inspiration from Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. In 2005, Steve co-produced the New Bop Brigade's eponymous album, New Bop Brigade. This recording contains five of Steve's compositions: "Rainy Sidewalk", "Theme from 'Dr. Chicago'", "Wild Strawberry", "Gannet Island", and "Beautiful View".

Steve Messick at Egan's

From 2000 to 2005, Steve performed with the Emerald City Jazz Orchestra, and he can be heard on their 2005 recording, Come Rain or Come Shine.

Steve Messick: Transmissions From Planet Bass

In 1999, Steve released his debut album, Transmissions From Planet Bass, with Jay Thomas on trumpet, Travis Ranney on tenor saxophone, John Hansen and David Franklin on piano, and Jon Wikan on drums. Transmissions From Planet Bass contains two of Steve's compositions, "Blues for Janet" and "I Love You Too", along with Steve's arrangements of "Groove Merchant", "Jersey Bounce", "A Child is Born", "Someday My Prince Will Come", "Jeannine", and "Old Devil Moon".

Steve has been a member of Orchestra Seattle, founded by George Shangrow, since 1999. Steve has also performed with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra, Cascade Symphony, Northwest Mahler Festival, and other Seattle-area orchestras.

Steve has performed in musicals both in Seattle and Eugene. In Seattle, Steve has performed with the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society in The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, Ruddigore, Iolanthe, and The Pirates of Penzance, and with the Civic Light Opera in City of Angels and Once Upon a Mattress. In Eugene, Steve performed at The Very Little Theatre in The Boyfriend, 70, Girls, 70, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Sugar, and with The Actor's Cabaret of Eugene in Always Patsy Cline and Cabaret.

In 1993 and 1994 Steve was a member of University of Northern Colorado's Combo I, which tied for Down Beat magazine's Best College Blues/Pop/Rock Instrumental Group of 1994. As a member of Combo I, Steve opened for jazz great Joe Henderson at the U.N.C. Jazz Festival with his own composition "Kludge in Your Shoe".

In 1992, Steve performed overseas for five months in Seoul, Korea with The Seattle Jazz, led by pianist Scot Ranney. The Seattle Jazz performed six nights a week at J.J. Mahoney's in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Seoul. While there, Steve made frequent appearances at Itaewon's jazz club, All That Jazz.

Steve holds a BS from the University of Washington (1993) where he studied with bassist Peter Vinikow.