Steve Gordon, Clarinet


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Steve Gordon started his musical education on the accordion at the age of 7, began playing the clarinet in grade school, and took up the saxophone in high school. As Principal Clarinetist in the Marin Youth Orchestra, his solo performances included Concerto for Clarinet, Strings, and Harp by Aaron Copland, Prokofief's Overture on Hebrew Themes, and Mozart's Symphonia Concertante.

In college he honed his skills on all three instruments, playing periodic gigs in California's wine country and becoming a member of the award-winning UC Berkeley jazz ensembles. Experience with the Jazz Ensembles included backing up Sonny Rollins, Hubert Laws, Ed Shaughnessy, and Freddie Hubbard in the 70's. He also played accordion, clarinet and saxophone in vaudeville shows at Harvey's Casino in Lake Tahoe and with a traveling circus for 2 months each summer.

After college, Steve's music took a back seat to medical studies (in his other life he is a full-time internal medicine physician) but the lure of music finally became too hard to resist and he picked up the clarinet again in the late 1990's. In recent years he has played with many local orchestras and bands including the Beaverton Symphony (where he was the featured soloist in Weber's Clarinet Concerto No. 1), the Beaverton Band, and the Oregon Symphonic Band. He became a regular member of the Portland Columbia Symphony in 2014. He has always enjoyed playing chamber music and is an active member of Clarinets à la Mode. He recently joined the Ne Plus Ultra Jass [sic] Orchestra, in which he plays clarinet and alto saxophone.

Steve's love of the accordion finds an outlet in both performance and composition: He plays at local restaurants and at charity events. YouTube has provided another venue for accordion performance, and brought him to the attention of a movie producer who selected his original composition and performance of "Ravenna" for use in the Sony Pictures Movie "Jodorowsky's Dune" (2014). His performances of a variety of music genres on different accordions have a combined total of over 500,000 views.