Known for his improvisation and multi-styled performances, Steve Duke has performed throughout North America and Europe.
Allan Kozinn of the New York Times wrote, “Stephen Duke played the music with a gorgeous tone and moved easily between, say, the Coltranesque leaps and the supple fluidity of the Hodges pastiche.”
Duke has commissioned and premiered more than 20 solo works in acoustic and electro-acoustic music by internationally recognized composers Larry Austin, Kurt Stallmann, William O. Smith, Dexter Morrill, Jan Bach, Elainie Lillios, and others. In addition, he has performed with numerous jazz artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Charles McPherson, Louis Bellson, Zoot Sims and many others.
His solo recordings can be heard on Sony/Columbia, Centaur, Capstone, SEAMUS, Equilibrium, GMEB/UNESCO/CIME and EMF.
Duke is certified in the Feldenkrais® Method and developed the first curriculum in the United States that applied the method to music performance. He has worked with musicians the United States and Canada in reducing tension and improving their awareness in performance.
Steve Duke is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Northern Illinois University.