Steve began his career as a guitarist, founding his Brooklyn, New York
school, The Guitar Workshop in 1977. While teaching and performing in the
New York area with other guitar masters like Joe Pass, Jimmy Ponder and
Jack Wilkins, Steve got his first introduction to the Stick through a
meeting with Emmett Chapman at a guitar expo in 1983.
Recognizing the great potential of the instrument, he purchased his first
Stick in 1984, and has focused his performance activities on it ever since.
Adelson has performed at clubs, festivals and conventions all over the
U.S., and has conducted seminars and workshops on the Stick in various
U.S. cities and in Italy. He is also the author of "Stickology, A guide
to Playing the Chapman Stick" which is a comprehensive lesson book and
DVD covering all aspects of playing the instrument. He is the
quintessential jazzman on Stick and widely regarded as one of the
finest players and teachers in the world.
This will be Steve's first appearance at Interlochen and his fourth
Michigan seminar including the very first event held in Ann Arbor back in