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heart with notesThe old and the new, the down 'n dirty and the sublime ...that's Steve Sternberg's eclectic blend of piano music.  He will capture your musical heart and soul with his energetic, playful and moving songs.  The release of his 3rd CD Shout for Joy establishes Sternberg as a piano player with power and sensitivity, as a songwriter with wit, charm and depth of the soul. Sternberg entertains audiences throughout Florida with his wide range of piano stylings done with flair. He’ll play a rollicking Pete Johnson or Albert Ammons boogie-woogie from the 1930’s, an original contemporary blues, a Joplin rag, or an evocative, serene neo-classical original.


As a solo artist Steve Sternberg has been entertaining audiences from ages 3 to 103 throughout Florida since 1989. He is loved for his versatility and for his upbeat, informative rapport with his listeners. In 1990 Steve was a recording artist for Mr. Wonderful Records out of Louisville, KY for his compositions "Irap" and "Cool Teacher". By popular demand Steve was a regular performer from 1999-2005 at the Florida Folk Festival, the nation's largest and oldest folk fest. He has also performed in other festivals, events, clubs and at private parties thoughout the country both as a soloist and as a member of pop, rock, blues, latin and jazz bands. Steve's first CD, Honky Tonk Soulstice was released in 1997. Three of the CD's twelve songs are originals.

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In 2002 Sternberg won an award in the statewide Will Mclean Foundation's Best New Florida Song Contest for "Apalachicola Blues". That was released then on his 2nd CD of the same name. The song depicts the laid-back, rural fishing-village/tourist attraction Apalachicola on the Florida Gulf coast. That song and his "Forgotten Coast Blues" are part of the soundtrack for the documentary "Apalachicola, Our Town", which aired on WFSU-TV in 2004 in the Tallahassee/Florida panhandle area. On WFSU's local music series "Outloud" Sternberg and singer Mollie Lynne get regular airings as one of the most popular shows. Steve's 3rd CD, Shout for Joy, was released in September of 2005. It contains five boogie-woogies and eight original tunes including a re-release of "Apalachicola Blues" and"Forgotten Coast Blues". It shows a growing maturity in styling, songwriting and arranging.

As Sternberg allowed time for more creativity over the years, his 4th cd, Hidden Jewels, was released in June of 2016.  It is his masterpiece to date, featuring 10 original simply piano instrumentals and two re-released songs again from the out-of-print EP Apalachicola Blues.

Since 1990 Steve has been performing at retirement centers and nursing facilities and now tours throughout north Florida twice a month entertaining these folks.  Steve is also a music educator.  He has performed in Artist-in-the-Schools residencies in 14 Florida school districts.  Sternberg teaches private piano, saxophone and harmonica lessons in Tallahassee.