Steve Narahara Band


Steve Narahara

Dustin Morgan

Steve, Dustin, and Nick Karvon

Eric Gardner of The Motels, Dustin Morgan
of The Autumns, and Steve Narahara


Steve with Martha Davis
of The Motels

Steve with Friend Kia 
after a Performance


Steve Narahara, Dustin Morgan, Chris Lovejoy, and David Ralicke in front of 
Anastasia's Asylum, Santa Monica

Black and white photos by Lee Fischman

Classical, Jazz, Rock, and R&B


Steve Narahara was born in Palos Verdes, California and began formal music training at the age of 8, focusing on trumpet and voice, playing in bands and singing in church choir. Show business was not new to his family; his mother starred in many feature films as a singer and dancer, acting with Doris Day, Virginia Mayo, Gwen Verdon, Gordon McCrea, Gary Cooper, Lana Turner, and Bob Fosse; she also performed in vaudeville acts in Chicago with Mickey Katzís variety show. At age 12 Steve took up formal training in guitar. In junior high school he played in rock bands at school dances. Throughout high school he played trumpet in concert bands and performed as a guitarist and singer in rock and jazz bands for dances, musicals, bar mitzvahs and private parties. Late in high school, he toured with the Pat Boone Singers, recording on the album Getaway.

In 1972, at age 18, Steve moved to Oregon to attend the University of Oregon at Eugene, majoring in music and continuing his jazz and rock and roll performances. One of the highlights of these years was opening for Yusef Lateef. His band with keyboardist Dan Siegel played the hotel and country club circuit in the Pacific Northwest as members of the Musicianís Union. Dan and Steve eventually moved to Boston to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music, attending classes during the day and playing jazz in the bars and clubs of Boston at night.

In 1976, following his studies at Berklee, Steve moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he formed a band with Dave Creamer (guitarist for Miles Davis), Bruce Barthol (bassist for Country Joe and the Fish), and did studio work with Grace Slick and the Jefferson Starship.

In 1980 Steve moved to the Hollywood area of Los Angeles and began work as a studio guitarist, working with the likes of Tom Scott, Jeff Lorber, Craig Huntley, Stanley Clarke, Paulinho Di Costa, Abe Laboriel, Dan Siegel, John Robinson, and Larry Carlton. It was during this time that Steve produced two albums of his own Ė Sierra and Odyssey Ė under the Pausa record label. The albums were highly acclaimed in Billboard Magazine, received national air play, and compositions were even featured on Muzak.

In the 1990s Steve enrolled at the University of Southern California to study filmic composition, completing a Masterís Degree and doctoral work. He studied composition with Jerry Goldsmith (composer for Star Trek and The Twilight Zone) and won the Jerry Goldsmith Film Cue award. During this prolific period, he composed around 2,000 completed works. His symphonic works were performed by members of the L.A. Philharmonic as part of the L.A. Composerís Guild series. A 1992 composition for Earth Day was featured on an album with Paul Simon. From 1992 to 2000, he played French Horn with the Orange Coast Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1994, Steve set out to do a marathon of as many club performances as he could arrange as a jazz musician. These days he can be heard playing any of 14 different instruments (for example, piano, guitar, trumpet, or Jamaican steel pan) in various Southern California venues.

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