Steven Frieder is a saxophonist and composer from Croton on Hudson, New York. Over the past 9 years, he has established himself as a diverse multi-instrumentalist in the NYC and Hudson Valley music scene, performing on alto and tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet and flute. Under the direction of master musical directors Barry Levitt and Daryl Kojak, Steven regularly swoons alongside NYC cabaret singers at venues like The Metropolitan Room and Don't Tell Mama's. He composes and performs with various trios, including fusion group Ludovic and reggae surf jazz trio Under Hot Sun. He is a regular collaborator with drummer Bob Meyer, keyboardist Neil Alexander and bassist Jon Burr.
Steven has performed at the Bern Jazz Festival, Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights in Jazz and with his own original quintet at the Metropolitan Room. He has toured Greece with NYC funk singer Milo Z, and recorded with Jon Burr, Jerome Jennings, Mike Eckroth, and Bob Meyer. In concert, Steven has played with Cameron Brown, Judy Silvano, Alvester Garnett, Bria Skonberg, Billy Mintz, Bob Magnuson, Jim Cammack, Milo Z, Armen Donelian and Marc Mommaas.
In 2013 he graduated as valedictorian of his class at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Previously he studied at Manhattan School of Music. Through his studies with George Garzone, Steve Wilson, Marc Mommaas and pedagogic masters such as Dave Liebman and Armen Donelian, he has developed a thorough ability in saxophone methodology and education. Steven is currently the saxophone and clarinet instructor at the Cortlandt School of Performing Arts in Croton On Hudson, NY. In July 2016, he directed a two week jazz workshop for middle to high school students at CSPA focusing on introductory elements of Improvisation, Theory, Rhythm and History.