Steve Bloom

Steve has played percussion professionally in thousands of performances and recordings in Middle Eastern and Persian, Cuban, Latin, Brazilian, Sephardic, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, New Age, and Celtic styles. He has performed and/or recorded in over a dozen countries from the Middle East to Nigeria to Canada with a wide variety of artists, including Tito Puente, King Sunny Ade’, Andy Gonzales, and Babatunde Olatunji, guitarist Dennis Cahill, pianist Gregg Karukas, flutists Paul Horn, Nestor Torres, and bassists Andy Gonzales and Michael Manring.
With an academic foundation including Music Theory and Composition, Piano and Percussion technique, Bloom has since achieved command via the Oral Tradition of: Cuban and related African traditions of drumming and song by the Oral Tradition, apprenticing with several fine Cuban masters; a Senegalese Griot named Djimo Kouyate; the Nigerian patriarch Babatunde Olatunji (each of whom he recorded an album with.) He directs a DC-based Cuban folkloric ensemble called Havana Select, and co-directs the SAMA Ensemble
  • Percussionist