Steve Bagnell is a veteran of the Vancouver music scene and performs in a wide variety of musical styles and settings. A multi-instrumentalist and composer, he has worked closely with Wanda since her return to Vancouver. He has played soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones with this group, and with the latest recording has added clarinet and bass clarinet to the sound palette, in addition to various percussion instruments and the occasional backing vocal.
Steve can also be seen playing concerts and festivals with the Juno award-nominated Aché Brasil, who perform a wide range of styles of Brazilian music and feature high-energy capoeira martial arts demonstrations. Steve anchors the Top City band on baritone sax, an 11-piece R&B unit that captures audiences with its deep Motown-inspired grooves.
He is also a founding member of ion Zoo, an acclaimed avante-garde jazz ensemble. Featuring Carol Sawyer, Lisa Miller and Clyde Reed, they have recorded 2 cds, Set Free at The Cellar and Venus Looks Good. This group’s recorded collaboration with LA-based trombonist Michael Vlatkovich and Albuquerque poet Mark Weber is due for release in the coming months.
Steve was a participant in a number of Jazz Orchestra Workshops at the Banff Centre under the direction of Hugh Fraser, where he performed with notable guest artists including Maria Schneider, Kenney Wheeler and Chucho Valdez. Other performance highlights included the Cultural Olympiad of the 2010 Winter Olympics, where he had the honour of participating in the 9-hour performance of Anthony Braxton’s Genome Project.