Steven Haines

Steven Haines

Musical Compositon | Greensboro

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“My discipline as a musician encompasses many passions,” says Steve Haines, “including my work as a double bassist, composer, arranger, teacher, and most important of all, student.” He is a recipient of a 2019–20 N.C. Arts Council Fellowship in musical composition.

“I love introducing students to artists who they might not have heard of,” Haines says. “At the same time, I’m constantly learning about new musicians and recordings from them.” Haines plays often with the Chad Eby Quartet in North Carolina, works in the trio Trifecta with pianist Ariel Pocock and trumpeter Thomas Heflin, and has recently performed with jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein and saxophonist Ralph Bowen.

He earned his M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, Denton, later becoming director of the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program UNC-Greensboro, where he still teaches in the Music Department. He won the N.C. Arts Council Fellowship in musical composition once before in 2008. He was also named Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the UNCG School of Music in 2006, received a semi-finalist ranking for the 2010 Jazz Knights Commission in New York, and won the 2019 UNCG Gladys Strewn Bullard Award for leadership and service. His fourth and latest CD as a leader is Steve Haines and the Third Floor Orchestra, which was released by Justin Time Records in 2019.