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Steve Mitchell

  Mitchell is an award-winning studio musician and percussionist from the west coast studio scene. While in California, Steve lived a very active life as a professional musician, which led to his winning an award for Best Studio Musician in 1976. Working with composer Ed Bogas, he produced drum music for twenty-five years of "Charlie Brown" TV specials. He provided drum tracks for: Garfield the Cat; Sesame Street; Nova: the PBS documentary, American Experience; and thousands of commercials. He also contributed music to "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" with Jack Nicholson; Eddie Macon’s “Run,” with Kirk Douglas; the NBC special “End of the Rainbow;” David Byrne’s “True Stories,” and for “Walker,” with Joe Strummer, of the Clash. He appeared as a bandleader in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tucker,” and composed two soundtracks for comedian, Liz Scherr. Steve MitchellPhotography: Gordon Wenzel, Impressions Photographic Studio & Gallery

For eight years he was a featured soloist with the Joffrey Ballet, and he had a band with Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead called Too Loose to Truck. He toured with Mose Allison, Van Morrison, the Smothers Brothers, Joy of Cooking, and the Coasters, and he played or recorded with Joe Henderson, Blue Mitchell, Herb Ellis, Vince Guaraldi, Cal Tjader, Leon Russell, Albert King, Esther Phillips, Lou Rawls, Maria Muldaur, Roy Rogers, Norton Buffalo, David Grisman, Sally Kellerman, Freda Payne, Les Elgart, and Earl Van Dyke of Motown’s Funk Brothers.

Upon returning to his native state of Pennsylvania, Steve has continued to be a musician much in demand, contributing music (with Flora Eyster and Andy Seal) to the Bieber and Brafa films All Is Normal and Neck Deep and playing and recording with EG Kight, Ann Rabson, and Kenny “Blue Boss” Wayne, as well as with Averie Clark, Steve Adams, Arthur Goldstein, Flora Eyster, Ann Kerstetter, Jack Fries, Sascha Feinstein (editor of Brilliant Corners), John Johnson, the Gypsy Lizards, Infinite Bliss, the Mid-Life Cowboys, Kimbo, Tom Patton, E.D. Ward, and the Reverend Ann Keeler Evans.

Early in his life, Steve recorded with songwriter Pat Ballard, and was a touring member of the do-wop group the Skyliners. With a degree in music education, Steve has taught at the University of California and the Wilmington Friends School and was a founder of the Children’s Media and the Academy of Rhythm.

Steve plays hand percussion, gongs, bells, frame drums, log drums, pandeiro, African Kalimba, water (pygmy slaps) and talking drums on the Travel Suite musical series.

 

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