November 4, 8:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring
$12 advance/$15 door
"Exceptional technique and arrangements and
a delightfully eclectic repertoire, brimming with vitality and grace."
Steve Hancoff is one of the rare musicians who transcends the limitations
of their instrument, in his case the acoustic guitar.
By age 14, Hancoff was performing in coffeehouses around DC and Baltimore,and
in his early 20s he began arranging Scott Joplins piano rags for
the guitar which attracted the encouragement of the legendary Eubie
Blake. Steves musical journey led him to French Quarter where
he lived and performed with some of the innovators of traditional New
Orleans jazz. His most recent CD was an ambitious and critically-acclaimed
project of arranging the music of Duke Ellington for solo guitar, and
he is currently working on a second volume. For the past 10 years Hancoff
has served as a musical ambassador for the State Department, bringing
his music to over 30 countries in South America, the Middle East, Asia,
and Africa. Hancoffs concerts are history lessons in American
music which may include brilliant guitar arrangements of Sousa marches,
Joplin rags, Morton stomps, New Orleans jazz, Tin Pan Alley hits, Harlem
stride, Ellington masterpieces, and original compositions and improvisations
framed with engaging historical vignettes.