Steve Hancoff

Monday, 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." – Washington Post

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 Joplin’s piano rags for the guitar which attracted the encouragement of the legendary Eubie Blake. Steve’s 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. Hancoff’s 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.

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