A Few Minutes With… Steven Bernstein of the Millennial Territory Orchestra

September 12th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg

Story and interview by J Hunter

To my mind, multi-instrumentalist Steven Bernstein made the Jazz Hall of Fame the minute he came up with the concept for Sex Mob. You have to love a group that plays music as smart as they do while carrying a band name that sounds like a headliner on the death metal bar-band circuit.

But Bernstein’s done a lot more than take Bond film theme songs and launch them into orbit: He was a longtime member of the Levon Helm Band, playing regularly at one of the coolest concert experiences I’ve ever experienced – the Midnight Ramble (Bernstein wrote the horn charts for Helm’s Grammy Award-winning 2009 disc Electric Dirt); he was part of the monster horn section that drove my #1 Jazz Disc of 2011, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey’s Race Riot Suite; he’s composed and arranged music for movie and television projects, and the list of artists he’s arranged for include Elton John, Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright and Marianne Faithfull.

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