photo credit Bob Krasner
Western Caravan bassist Steve Alcott was born in Oklahoma and grew up in a succession of Texas oil towns, finally landing in Lubbock. After a brief flirtation with higher education at Texas Tech, he played in a couple of US Army bands, and finally ended up at the Eastman School of Music, graduating in 1976. He came to NYC in 1979, and has worked as a freelancer since then, playing just about every kind of music there is with musicians both famous and unknown. He has played with diverse groups ranging from the show band at Kutsher’s in the Catskills and the house band at Eddie Condon’s to the Don Byron Klezmer Orchestra and Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. He performs regularly with the Riverside Orchestra, the Broadway Bach Ensemble, and Amore Opera. Besides the two Western Caravan CDs, he can be heard on “Alive and Lickin’ ” with Dan Hicks, “Shades of Blue” with Ben E. King, and “Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz”.