Steve Klenke is a trumpet player, composer, and producer in Albuquerque, New Mexico Steve composed his first pieces of music in high school for his 7-piece cover band and went on to write jingles for the American Heart Association, Toyota (Chicago area), and music for TV/Film. He has performed on trumpet with many different styles of bands: Big Bands, Jazz Ensembles, R&B, Salsa/Cumbia, Wedding (cover) bands, Classical Brass Quintets, Musicals (pit orchestra) and has been a featured trumpet soloist with local City Bands, Orchestras, and Jazz Bands. Steve moved to the Southwest in 2006. He was trumpet tutor (and played the trumpet part) for a movie starring actors Dylan McDermott, Anna Sophia Robb, Heather Graham, and Val Kilmer called 'Have Dreams Will Travel,' directed by Brad Issacs and filmed in New Mexico (2007). He also recorded the 'Tangerine' jazz CD, featured here at CDBaby, which is receiving radio play on several jazz stations in the USA. In Albuquerque, NM Steve joined Brother Bean Films on three music video productions which are available on youTube. Album Review from Jazz Times: 'Tangerine' - The Steve Klenke Jazz Sextet The corporate stranglehold of jazz radio can often suffocate greatness from landing onto the airwaves. Ultra tight programming usually only benefits the known or commercially cold cut, which is unfortunate for the real artistry displayed by independent talents such as the Steve Klenke Jazz Sextet. The Berklee-bred Klenke plays the trumpet with a poet's ear. This isn't some mere technical exercise, covering standards by Freddie Hubbard and Johnny Mercer to show off his knockout skills. No, Klenke sinks himself into the material, whether they are the works of others or his own. He cuts deep into the emotional core of these tracks, letting his trumpet convey a myriad of feelings. The immediate showstopper is the ballad 'Evening Star." Sung with sultry passion by Gayle Bisesi, 'Evening Star" is awash with late-evening romanticism. Klenke's soulful trumpet literally swirls around Bisesi's enchanting delivery, taking listeners on a slow dance across the midnight skies. It achieves a level of gorgeousness that literally cleanses the world of it's ugliness. Bisesi takes another stellar turn on 'Breathless," her luscious voice deepened by pulsating bass. However, with or without the addition of a vocalist, Klenke is in full command. 'Little Sunflower" casts a bright summer glow with Klenke's vibrant trumpet; sparkling piano and robust drumming heighten the track's exhilarating energy. The swinging title cut finds Klenke in an especially spirited mood, offering a jubilant homage to Mercer.