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Steve Messick

Bassist and composer Steve Messick performs in Seattle, Washington. He is the owner of Opus Funkus Music, the founder and band leader of the Endemic Ensemble, and the coprincipal bassist for Orchestra Seattle / Seattle Chamber Singers (OSSCS). Messick also performs with other Seattle orchestras, big bands, and small ensembles.

Messick has produced three commercial jazz CDs: Lunar (2012), New Bop Brigade (2005), and Transmissions From Planet Bass (1999).

In 2010, Messick founded the Endemic Ensemble, a collaborative, modern jazz quintet with Messick on double bass, Travis Ranney on soprano and tenor saxophones, Matso Limtiaco on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, David Franklin on piano, and Ken French on drums. The Endemic Ensemble's music is composed by Messick, Franklin, and Limtiaco.

In 2012, Messick produced the Endemic Ensemble's debut CD, Lunar, released on Pony Boy Records. This recording contains six compositions by Messick: "Lunar", "Return of the Pelicans", "March-Bop", "Solace", "A Short Walk with Many Stops", and "Spikenard". Lunar has received praise from Lucid Culture's review, "Endemic Ensemble Delivers a Gorgeously Tuneful 2012 Album", and from Carol Banks Weber's review, "Endemic Ensemble turns LUNAR into a swanky jazz club experience". Lunar made Lucid Culture's "The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2012."

In 2002, Messick and pianist David Franklin founded the New Bop Brigade with Chris Stover on trombone, Travis Ranney on tenor saxophone, and Ken French on drums. All of the music was composed by Messick and Franklin, taking inspiration from Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. In 2005, Messick and Franklin coproduced the New Bop Brigade's eponymous CD, New Bop Brigade. This recording contains five compositions by Messick: "Rainy Sidewalk", "Theme from 'Dr. Chicago'", "Wild Strawberry", "Gannet Island", and "Beautiful View".
Steve Messick

From 2000 to 2005, Messick performed with the Emerald City Jazz Orchestra, and he can be heard on their 2005 recording, Come Rain or Come Shine.

In 1999, Messick released his debut recording, Transmissions From Planet Bass, with Jay Thomas on trumpet, Travis Ranney on tenor saxophone, John Hansen and David Franklin on piano, and Jon Wikan on drums. Transmissions From Planet Bass contains two of Messick's compositions, "Blues for Janet" and "I Love You Too", along with Messick's arrangements of well-known jazz standards.

Messick has been a member of Orchestra Seattle / Seattle Chamber Singers (OSSCS), founded by George Shangrow, since 1999. Messick has also performed with the Northwest Mahler Festival, Lake Union Civic Orchestra, Cascade Symphony, and many other Seattle-area orchestras.

Messick has performed in musicals both in Seattle and Eugene. In Seattle, Messick has performed with the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society in The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, Ruddigore, and Iolanthe and with the Civic Light Opera in City of Angels and Once Upon a Mattress. In Eugene, Messick performed at The Very Little Theatre in The Boyfriend, 70, Girls, 70, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Sugar and with The Actor's Cabaret of Eugene in Always Patsy Cline and Cabaret.

In 1993 and 1994 Messick was a member of University of Northern Colorado's Combo I, which tied for Down Beat magazine's "Best College Blues/Pop/Rock Instrumental Group of 1994". As a member of Combo I, Messick opened for jazz great Joe Henderson at the U.N.C. Jazz Festival with his own composition "Kludge in Your Shoe".

In 1992, Messick performed overseas for five months in Seoul, Korea with The Seattle Jazz, led by pianist Scot Ranney. The Seattle Jazz performed six nights a week at J.J. Mahoney's in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Seoul. While there, Messick made frequent appearances at Itaewon's jazz club, All That Jazz.

Messick holds a BS from the University of Washington (1993) where he studied with bassist Peter Vinikow.