Prolific trumpeter Steve Madaio's influence on popular music is profound. From his early days performing with the Butterfield Blues Band at Woodstock to decades of recording and touring with artists like Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, and John Lennon, his signature trumpet sound and iconic arrangements left an indelible mark. His story begins in the drug-fueled counterculture of the 1960s, and this book chronicles his incredible journey through legendary tours and recording sessions with the best of the best.
During the 20th and early 21st centuries, many notable trumpet players made their influence in popular music. From Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie to Herp Alpert, Wynton Marsalis to Chuck Mangione, the list goes on. But it can be argued that of all the great trumpet players, the one person missing from most of the top ten lists is the one who might have had the greatest influence on popular music as we know it. If you've lived in the free world any time during the last 50 years and you've had access to music by any medium, you've heard and enjoyed the arrangements and musicality of multi-platinum recording artist, producer, and arranger Steve Madaio.
If you want to attempt to feel the magnitude of Steve Madaio's contribution to the industry, take a few minutes and study his discography. Put yourself, album by album, into his environment as he arranged and performed with the finest producers, recording artists, songwriters, lyricists, and engineers of this time period. Close your eyes and imagine the tours and performances he experienced in huge venues all over the world. Only then will you begin to get an idea of the scope of Steve Madaio's reach into our musical history.