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New Release: Jazz Guitarist Steve Knight And ‘Persistence’

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Chicago-based guitarist Steve Knight’s debut album, PERSISTENCE, a trio recording featuring seven of his originals as well as several compositions by other artists.

PERSISTENCE releases August 12, 2022.

PERSISTENCE releases August 12, 2022.

Like most jazz guitarists, Knight was Influenced by the pantheon of jazz greats like Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, and Grant Green, but his greatest inspiration is George Benson. “I don’t like music that seems to be written just for other musicians,” says Knight. “A jazz guitarist is part poet and part athlete. I think Benson strikes the perfect balance. He’s an incredible technician on the guitar, but his music is very accessible for a general audience.” Indeed, Knight displays his considerable chops on PERSISTENCE, but never overwhelms the listener with mere showmanship. Joined by two stalwarts on the Chicago jazz scene, bassist JUSTIN PETERSON and drummer JEFF STITELY, the trio began playing together during the Covid-19 lockdown, presenting weekly concerts from Knight’s backyard in their idyllic, tree-lined.  neighborhood. The impromptu jams became concerts with neighbors gathering at the fence and audiences growing quickly and reaching into the park across the street. The Alderman took notice, helped move the concerts to the park, and a whim turned into a weekly event. Playing for a live audience over the years gave the band insight into the music that people liked to hear, and the tunes on PERSISTENCE unfolded from those concerts.

STEVE KNIGHT  guitar

Personnel

STEVE KNIGHT  guitar

JUSTIN PETERSON  bass

JEFF STITELY  drums


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