Stephen Herrick’s primary instrument is saxophone along with flute and clarinet. He also plays guitar, bass, and sings. His experience in musical styles is just as diverse. He has performed in jazz bands of all sizes, along with rock, blues, funk, salsa, Brazilian, and world beat groups. He has also performed in classical chamber ensembles, orchestras, musicals, operas, and church choirs.
“My love of music has never sought to define itself by any one particular style. On the contrary, if the musicians I’m playing with are passionate about their art and genuinely care about doing their best, then I know it’s going to be fun and rewarding.”
With over 40 years of experience as a professional musician, he has appeared in numerous venues, including:
- Yoshi’s, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Oakland Paramount Theater, Zellerbach.
He has played with:
- Phil Woods, Bob Mintzer, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Bergeron, Jamie Davis, Wayne Wallace, Marcos Silva, John Santos, Viva Brazil, Grupo Mancotal, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Clairdee, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and many others.
He has toured in the US, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, and China
Stephen has been writing music since he began playing. He loves to arrange for his own groups and has been hired to write and arrange for others. His newest project, “Jazz Horizons Octet,” is a direct result of this interest.
“I’ve always wanted to share what I know with others, and took every opportunity to learn from those around me. The connection I make with my students is just as dynamic and fulfilling as with an audience.”
Stephen has taught privately and in institutions from schools and summer camps, to prisons. Currently he is the Fine Arts Department Chair, and Director of Instrumental Music and The Athenian High School in Danville, CA.