Turning out unique arrangements of everything from Marvin Gaye to Beyonce, this 10-piece band is powered by original arrangements of familiar favorites. Steve Wexler and the Top Shelf features a powerhouse, four-piece horn section whose members have performed with The Temptations, The Fifth Dimension, Ray Charles, and The Tonight Show Orchestra. The horns are backed by a virtuoso rhythm section whose members have performed with John Lennon, Al Green, Audra McDonald, Jackson Browne, Carly Simon, Larry Harlow, Maria Schneider, and Bruce Springsteen. If those accolades weren’t enough, the vocalists for Top Shelf have worked with Aretha Franklin, John Legend, LL Cool J, Sting, Michael Jackson, and many others. Combine these band members with superior material and arrangements and the result is truly “Top Shelf”.Meanwhile, here's a word about Steve:
Steve Wexler (Bass, Arranger, Cat Herder): Steve has arranged for Broadway, off-Broadway, television, and numerous record albums. As a student, Steve cut his teeth at Princeton University writing for the Triangle club and university jazz ensemble, and went on to win awards from The University of Miami, The Eastman School of Music, andDownbeat magazine. As a professional, Steve has written for and performed with many "top shelf" artists including jazz legend Benny Carter, Salsa all-star Larry Harlow and Grammy award winner Maria Schneider.
When not leading the Top Shelf, Steve plays bass as a "hired gun" with numerous bands. You can also find Steve playing bass in many orchestra pits throughout the tri-state region.