Jazz guitarist Steve Brien grew up in Sydney Australia. Getting involved with jazz groups in the late 70’s, he soon established him self on the scene playing with local jazz musicians such as Dale Barlow, James Morrison and Don Burrows. In 1985 Steve won an overseas study grant and went to New York City where he spent two years doing some part time study with Jack Wilkins and John Scofield and playing with many New York musicians.
In 1987 Steve returned to Australia and went on the road with the James Morrison Quintet, traveling extensively throughout Australasia and Europe. In 1992 Steve moved with his family to Connecticut and became established on the Connecticut jazz scene playing with many local and New York jazz musicians, such as: John Mastrioanni, Nicole Pasternak, Ralph Lalama, Ali Ryerson, Giacomo Gates and Joyce Di Camillo.
In 1998 Steve was offered a position on the jazz faculty of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and so moved back to Sydney to take the job. Since returning to Sydney he teaches and is in demand playing gigs and recording on the local Sydney scene as well as completing a masters degree in 2005. Each year Steve spends a month in Connecticut catching up with friends and family and teaching on the faculty of the Young Artists Philharmonic at the Rich Forum in Stamford.
Discography: Once Bittten - Clive Harrison, Manner Dangerous, A Night in Tunisia, Postcards from Down Under - James Morrison, Live at the Silver Mine - John Mastroianni, Token Entry - Steve Brien, I Believe it-Bruce Brown, Blue Joy- Bonnie Jensen, Planet Bound- Christian Marsh.
"consistently professional..." - Rolling Stone. "Jazz guitarist second to none" - James Morrison. “ superb” Phil Woods.