Acoustic and electric bassist, editor and producer Steve Rodby was born in Joliet, Illinois. Steve began studying classical orchestral bass at age 10, and quickly developed an intense interest in jazz and pop music. A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in classical bass performance, Steve studied with Warren Benfield (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and the renowned jazz bassist Rufus Reid. Steve has performed with numerous jazz greats, including Joe Henderson, Roy Haynes, Tony Bennett, Teddy Wilson, Milt Jackson, Art Farmer, Sonny Stitt, George Coleman, Ira Sullivan, Zoot Sims, Lee Konitz, Jackie McLean, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Johnny Griffin and Monty Alexander.
In addition to being the bassist in the Pat Metheny Group for the past 30 years, Steve has conducted orchestras, recorded with many other artists in both jazz and pop, and lately has spent much of his time producing and editing, both audio and video.His work as a producer includes Oregon In Moscow (Oregon’s recording with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra) which was nominated for four Grammy awards, five records by Eliane Elias – including Dreamer, Something For You, Bossa Nova Stories – and several non-PMG projects with Pat, including the Jim Hall & Pat Metheny duo record, two Pat Metheny Trio records, the soundtrack for A Map Of The World and the Grammy winner One Quiet Night. He also did extensive production on two Michael Brecker recordings, Nearness Of Youand the Grammy winner Pilgrimage. In all, Steve has won 13 Grammys. Steve edited the video and audio for the Pat Metheny Group’s DVDs Imaginary Day Live and The Way Up – Live, as well as other music videos, and several full length concert specials for PBS & DVD, including Anúna’s Celtic Origins. Recently, Steve worked as a producer on jazz bassist Charlie Haden’s Rambling Boy, performed on tour with singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs, and did production work on Maria Schneider‘s Grammy winning Sky Blue, Pat Metheny’s solo album Orchestrion, Eliane Elias‘ latest album Light My Fire, and Grammy Award winning “Best New Artist” Esperanza Spalding‘s Concert Music Society.
Steve has recently toured as a member of the jazz “supergroup” Impossible Gentlemen