Steve Torok

Steve Torok has performed with Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, The Temptations, Four Tops, Sheila E, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, O’Jays, Pete Escovedo, Dan Siegel, Toni Tennille, Tony Orlando, Cybil Shepard, Taj Mahal, Ernie Watts, Bob Florence, Andy Griffith, and many others. His saxophone playing and arrangements have been featured on numerous national recordings including the hit TV show American Idol. Steve was assistant conductor, music librarian, and rehearsal saxophone sub for Gerald Albright for the 2004 TV Land Awards. He has written and recorded commercial jingles that have aired throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and for world wide audiences of CNN International. His arrangements have been performed by notable jazz artists including saxophonists Ernie Watts, Tom Scott, and Kenny G, vocalist Carmen Bradford, trumpeter Harry Kim, and klezmer violinist Yale Strom. Steve’s work as a composer and soloist is featured on the contemporary jazz CDs Point of View (1998), and Gospel Jazz (2001). A new solo recording, engineered and co-produced by Dan Siegel and Carmen Grillo, will be released in spring 2012. The eclectic recording features all original arrangements including jazz versions of well-known Star Wars tunes, new music, and a piece with percussion performed by elephants!

Steve is currently a professor at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA where he directs both the MiraCosta Oceanside Jazz Orchestra (MOJO) and MiraCosta Jazz Collective. Past teaching positions include the University of Southern California, University of Alabama at Birmingam, Birmingham-Southern College, Idyllwild Arts Academy, and Mount San Jacinto College (MSJC). From 1993-1998 Steve was a tenured faculty member and department chair at MSJC where he directed the acclaimed Menifee Jazz Ensemble. The band performed regularly throughout Southern California and was featured, along with Steve’s arrangements, at the 2005 Star Wars Celebration III in Indianapolis. Steve also produced and arranged that group’s debut CD All Rhythm, No Reason in 2008.

Steve holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, an MM from the University of Southern California, and is ABD status in the music education doctoral program at Boston University.