by Chris Stanton
Steven Bernstein built his storied career by doing everything at once. An acclaimed trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader, Bernstein cut his teeth in the eclectic late-’70s New York scene, where audiences demanded a wide-ranging setlist.
“I come from a generation where walls were being brought down,” Bernstein says when I visit him in his South Nyack home, crediting his varied career to the popularity of disparate genres and sounds in the 1970s. In a recent residency at The Stone in New York City, Bernstein trotted out six of his different bands over the course of a week, as if to prove that variety remains the one constant in an ever-evolving career.