Steve Houghton and the AHA! Trio featuring special guest Rusty Burge
Jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator Steve Houghton initially received acclaim at age twenty as the drummer with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd. He has shared stage and studio with such luminaries as Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, Clay Jenkins, Shelly Berg, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Les Hooper, Bob Florence, Bob Sheppard, Billy Childs, Bobby Hutcherson, Pat LaBarbara, Bill Cunliffe, Steve Allee, and Joe Henderson. Houghton’s partial discography as leader includes The Manne We Love: Gershwin Revisited (TNC), a collection of John Williams’ charts for big band and quintet, Steve Houghton Quintet Live @ the Senator (Jazz Compass), Remembrances (Warner Bros.), and Steve Houghton Signature (Mesa-Bluemoon). As an author, Houghton’s publications boast more than thirty educational books and DVDs. His most recent project entitled Rhythm Section Workshop for Jazz Directors, available via Alfred Music Publishing, Inc., is a DVD-book series that addresses the entire rhythm section. A PAS Past President, Houghton is currently Professor of Percussion and Jazz Studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
Rusty Burge joined the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) faculty in 1992 as a member of Percussion Group Cincinnati with whom he has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Recent performances include the Japan World Drum Festival, Chinese International Music Festival, Taipei International Percussion Convention, the Ravinia Festival, Merkin Hall in New York City, and PASIC. He has recorded with the Percussion Group Cincinnati for the Mode, Centaur, Einstein, and Ars Moderno labels. The group has also made concerto appearances with more than twenty different symphony orchestras. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and a master’s degree from CCM. Burge teaches percussion, jazz vibraphone, and directs the CCM Steel band. Burge is an active jazz vibraphonist who has recorded for Summit, J Curve Records, Human Records and Telarc labels. His recent jazz collaborations include such artists as Ted Nash, Rich Perry, Peter Erskine, Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid, Steve Houghton, Roland Vazquez, and Michael Spiro. His latest recording Faraway is in collaboration with pianist Steve Allee.