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Another blogger. So who cares?

I care. I enjoy writing and my passion is writing about history and the arts. There is some basic information about me at the bottom of this introduction. You’re welcome to see where I’ve been and what I’ve done.  I grew up in the midwest, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After that, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, St. Paul, and then California. It’s enjoyable to observe the comings and goings in this part of the Golden State.

While most of the posts are contemporaneous with the times in which we live, some of the posts are things written during the past 15 years. The earlier posts were the outgrowth of my time teaching and studying at Fairfield University and New York University. The latter posts are just that. As for my writing, I didn’t know how much I enjoyed it until I left a 25+ year career in the music industry and returned to college to complete my long-abandoned studies. After my BA in ’01, I continued on to Graduate School (MA, NYU ’03), but all of that’s another blog, or two. For now, some elements of my CV are below.

Thanks for stopping. As for the PenName JazzDavid, in 1996 (the early days of email) I was about to oversee day-to-day operations at GRP Records, a jazz-oriented label based in New York and needed a new email address. Although I haven’t worked at GRP in more than a decade, I became comfortable with the name (and email address,) at least online. My name is David Steffen, and it’s been an interesting ride…so far.

Graduate School: New York University, MA, 2003.

College: Fairfield University, BA, Summa Cum Laude, 2001.

Teaching History: Fairfield University, New York University, McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul, MN

Published Works: From Edison to Marconi: The First Thirty Years Of Recorded Music. McFarland & Company, 2005.

Other: True Believers (film). Executive Producer. Pride  &Joy (film). Executive Producer. Gather at the River (film). Executive Producer. Kingdom of Zydeco (film). Executive Producer.

Employment History: GRP Records (NY), BMG Music (NY), A&M Records (CHI, LA)


Posted July 23, 2011 by Jazzdavid

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  1. David, Hey, trying to connect on LinkedIn and you know how technologically advanced I am. For some reason I cant connect– need your e-mail. Connect with me, would love to catch up !!!!

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