Jon Steele is a bass player in Washington, DC, working with many of the city’s great jazz musicians and other artists from all over the world. He’s also an active composer and session musician.
Originally from the southeast, Jon studied music at the University of Tennessee and received degrees in Studio Music/Jazz and Double Bass Performance. He studied jazz with the great composer Donald Brown, who has always been a source of inspiration and musicianship. He’s worked all over the east coast playing with big bands, symphonies, soca bands, jam bands, Top 40…pretty much everything but country. He also taught classes in Music Appreciation and Rock History, along with private lessons on electric bass, double bass, guitar, and drums. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Music and Jazz and a Master’s degree in Double Bass Performance.
Jon has had some notable performances with some big names like, Vinnie Colaiuta, Kevin Hays, Louise Mandrell, and other global artists like Cheick Hamala Diabate, Dr. Huda Asfour, Allyn Johnson, Benito Gonzales, Todd Marcus, Ralph Peterson, and many more.
In 2016, Jon released his first album as a band leader. The CD features original compositions and arrangements played by some incredible musicians from DC, Baltimore, New York, and LA. He’s currently a teacher at Chevy Chase School of Music – teaching is something that Jon is very passionate about. Besides teaching the instrument, knowing theory/harmony, and reading, he hopes that his students become good listeners. This is the key to getting the most value from music lessons. Through listening and understanding, the student gets a lifetime of enjoyment while learning about music and the world around it!