Guitar instructor Steve Langemo is a versatile electric and acoustic guitarist with a diverse background in jazz, rock, blues, funk, fusion, metal, pop, and classical music. Steve began taking private guitar lessons as a beginner at age 12 and was working as a professional guitar player by his late teens. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Guitar Performance from Moorhead State University, and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from Bowling Green State University, where he studied jazz guitar with Chris Buzelli and classical guitar with Dr. Matthew Ardizzone. As a guitar teacher, Steve has been a member of the guitar faculty of Minnesota State University Moorhead and Sinclair Community College, as well as establishing his own successful guitar lesson studios in Dayton, Ohio and Seattle, Washington. In addition to guitar instruction and electric bass instruction, Steve has taught academic music courses and has supervised music history and music technology curriculum development at Sinclair Community College.
As a guitar player, Steve has worked professionally in a wide range of musical styles ranging from blues trios, classic rock and heavy metal groups, horn-based funk bands, big band jazz groups, jazz trios and quartets, jazz fusion groups, and even a 10-piece Steely Dan tribute band. In 2009 his solo jazz and fusion CD Out Loud caught the attention of Guitar Player Magazine and earned him a slot in their Guitar Superstar competition for undiscovered talent. Steve has also worked extensively as a pit orchestra musician for over fifty professional musical theatre productions and as a studio guitarist and bassist for recording session work. Steve currently performs over 80 shows per year with the popular Denver-based band Funkiphino, plays guitar for various local jazz groups, and is working on his next CD of original jazz and fusion material. Steve’s metal lead guitar talents were recently tapped by underground ’80’s heavy metal band Titan Force for all of their 2015 European tour dates. Steve is also a key member of a jazz fusion group led by bassist Colin Trusedell, and his jazz fusion and progressive rock guitar playing is featured prominently on their 2014 CD release Quartet of Jazz Death and their 2016 CD Quartet of Jazz Death Volume 2. Both CD projects were met with positive reviews in both national and international jazz and bass publications, and Volume 2 was nominated for a Grammy in 2016 in the category of Contemporary jazz.
Steve’s musical passion in recent years has been modern jazz and fusion guitar, and his playing has been heavily influenced by guitarists such as Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, Bill Frisell, Allan Holdsworth, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Scott Henderson, Wayne Krantz, Oz Noy, and John Scofield. A recent review of Steve’s Out Loud CD states that “intelligent compositions and state of the art execution make this an exquisite album that every jazz and fusion guitar lover must have.” Another reviewer notes that the album shows a “good variety of guitar styles that evoke lots of other jazz guitar greats without sounding quite like anything else.”
- Solo from "Psuedeocsience" From the "Out Loud" CD 1:44
- Guitar solo on "Wide Open" From Colin Trusedell's "Quartet of Jazz Death" CD 1:38
- Solo on "Stella By Starlight" Steve Langemo Quartet 1:40
- Excerpt from "Truckin' With Timmy" From Colin Trusedell's "Quartet of Jazz Death" CD 2:38
- Solo from "Chaos Theory" From the "Out Loud" CD 1:46
- Bring Berlin's "Blue Skies" Solo jazz guitar with vocalist Rachel Eisenstadt 2:22
- Solo from "Waltz For Toby" From the "Out Loud" CD 1:50