Welcome to the Steve Polezonis website! What?? It's spring already?? It doesn't feel like it (yet), and I really don't know where the time goes, but I do know it flies to get there!! We have gigs in some of our usual venues, and we played one at The New Britain Museum of American Art for First Friday, in February, which was a blast. We have some video of it on the site!. Needless to say we're thrilled we could do it and hope to do it again! As in the past, some of our gigs feature more jazz, while others are more blues, roots, and rock. Check the UPCOMING DATES list to the left and as always you can check under the LIONS, OPTOMETRIST and MUSIC LIBRARY headings for updates as well as updated band information under the BAND heading. There will be more additions, photos and things as well as almost daily gig updates as time goes on so keep checking back periodically. Thanks for your interest and enjoy!
Steve Polezonis, Blues Musician:
Blending original blues with songs from the great American blues and jazz catalog, Steve Polezonis entertains a crowd with professionalism and taste in the "West Coast Lounge Blues" style..
Steve's influences are varied...the "masters", such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Freddie King, Albert King and BB King, J.J. Cale, Louis Jordan, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Chet Baker and Miles Davis; as well as the "pupils" such as Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughan, Robben Ford, Robert Cray, Debbie Davies, Wynton Marsalis and Kim Wilson.
Steve started playing trumpet in the fifth grade in the Bridgeport, CT schools and played through college and beyond, most recently with the Plainville Wind Ensemble as well as the dance band and brass quintet of the Plainville group as recently as 2005. He studied guitar with Richard Sandler and Dale Anderson in the mid '70s and later with Dino Lappas and Gary Fortier and vocals, harp and guitar as well as blues musicology with Ed Vadas in the late '80s and early '90s. He studied voice with Maria Kallitsi McFarland (City Opera of Cologne, Germany, New Orleans Opera, Mobile Opera and Fort Worth Opera) and has been singing baritone in the Choir of St. George, New Britain since 1993. He played in various "garage bands" through the '70s and '80s and, along with his "Blues Brother" Les Cooke, played in various blues bands in the Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT areas through the '90s and '00s, including the Blusicians, Mudcats, Pythons and Free Chicken & Beer (voted "Best Blues Band" in the Valley Advocate poll in 2000).
He's opened for Johnny Hey & The Bluefish and Debbie Davies and for the 2003 Berlin Blues Festival which was headlined by The Nighthawks and Jeff Pitchell. He has played the Terryville Fair as both a supporting and headline act. He's blessed to have played with bassist Rich Neville (Poco and Dave Mason) and has jammed with Paul Cotton (Poco), Mark Nomad, Bonnie Bramlet (Delaney & Bonnie), Tommy Whalen (Eight to the Bar) and James Montgomery just to name a few. Currently Steve is fronting the Steve Polezonis Trio, which blends blues, jazz and roots/rock in classic "West Coast Lounge Blues" fashion..
A regular at the famous Tic-Toc Blues Jam, he recorded his first album there in 2002, "Steve Polezonis & Friends Live at the Tic-Toc". It captures the feeling of their Thursday night open jams and Saturday night "Free Chicken & Beer" invitation jams. A second album, "Live @ The Berlin Blues Festival" is a raw testament to the band in action.
Steve and his Friends won the Valley Advocate's Poll for best Blues Band and has been entertaining audiences with blues, jazz, roots, and rock for over 20 years....ask your favorite venue to book The Steve Polezonis Trio.
Steve supports the Connecticut Blues Society.