I am a singer, trombonist & hammered dulcimer player.
I work as a publications specialist/graphic artist
and find peace & serenity as a folk dancer.
I really need to update this website more than once a season. Or, not. We shall see.
Summer was awesome. I went camping in the local mountains, swimming in the Pacific Ocean, and shooting hoops at some of the most beautiful public courts in the world . . .
. . . I did indeed have the honor of performing a handful of times with the locally obcsure CHERRYWILLOW JAZZ BAND at the wonderfully spiffy and rejuvanating
CURLEY'S CAFÉ in SIGNAL HILL in LONG BEACH in CALIFORNIA in the good ol' U.S. of A. over the course of the summer and early autumn. As soon as I know when next we'll colaborate, I will let you know, Shirley.
Here's photographic evidence of the last time that I performed there (October 18, 2019) when I had the great pleasure of sharing the limelight with my dear old friend Gary Gould on clarimanet and his ol' flame Nancy showed up and graced us with a vocal or two, too. It was a delightful evening.
Had a fan-fuckin-tastic Spring and Summer! In early Autumn the Boggards sans me performed at the Idyllwild Renaissance Faire where though the crowds were small, a grand time was still had by all. I hope to join me comrades there next year.
From 2012 through 2014,
I had the great opportunity to be a member
of the house band on the Eric Andre Show.
I was a founding member of the Traditional Jazz (Dixieland) band THE DIXIEDELICS from its inception in 1990 until I left the band at the end of 2012. Martha Catlin replaced me when I left and that has always made me happy. (Her husband Tim and I are members of the AMERICUS BRASS BAND and he was the 'DELICS's drummer for a number of years before I quit to try my hand at contra dance producing.)
Even though the following clip has three subs (clarinet, banjo, piano), it is still a fine example of the band's playing and it features me singing a song I love to sing. I hope you like it . . .
Steve Kraus, cornet; Jerry Wheeler, trombone & vocals; Gary Gould, reeds;
Bob Aul, tuba; Doug Mattocks, banjo; Larry Wright, piano; Tim Catlin, drums
Please, check back regularly and join me on this journey.
Peace. Love. Dirt.
Musician, Graphic Artist, Dancer, Occasional Dance Producer,
Provocateur & Novice Web Designer