Steve Torok

Steve Torok has performed with Stevie Wonder, Usher, The Temptations, Adam Levine, Jamey Johnson, Four Tops, Sheila E, Barry Manilow, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, O'Jays, Whispers, Brian Bromberg, Pete Escovedo, Dan Siegel, Taj Mahal, Toni Tennille, Tony Orlando, Bob Florence, and many others. His saxophone playing or arrangements have been featured on numerous national recordings including the hit TV shows The Voiceand American Idol.He has written and recorded commercial jingles that have aired throughout the United States and for worldwide audiences of CNN International. Notable artists including trombonist Fred Wesley, saxophonists Ernie Watts, Tom Scott, and Kenny G, guitarist Mike Stern, bassist Brian Bromberg, and vocalist Carmen Bradford have performed his arrangements. His work as a composer and soloist is featured on the contemporary jazz CDs Point of View (1998), and This Is Gospel: Inspirational Jazz(2001). Steve created original music for a concert length dance work entitled A-Scent Between Stream and Consciousness in 2014, which was revised and restaged in 2018. In 2017 Steve adapted and arranged the music of Prince for the modern dance work Prince 2 Prince. His most recent recording, Eye to Eye, co-produced by Dan Siegel, represents a funky array of Steve’s works: original tunes, arrangements of standards, new jazz arrangements of Star Wars music (originally conceived and premiered live for Lucasfilm, Ltd.), and music with elephant percussionists. Eye to Eye is a Global Music Award Winner for both composition and originality/creativity. The recording has been featured on San Diego’s Jazz 88.3, international Star Wars podcast Coffee with Kenobi, and positively reviewed by JAZZed Magazine, and the websitesJazz Corner, No Depression, and AXS. Steve was also profiled with a feature article in the San Diego Union-Tribune


Steve is an award winning jazz educator and a faculty member at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA, where he teaches saxophone, improvisation, music theory, history, and directs both MOJO (MiraCosta Oceanside Jazz Orchestra) and the Jazz Collective.  His bands have received numerous awards and honors. In June 2017 the premiere jazz publication Downbeat named MOJO the Large Jazz Ensemble Winneramong community college bands in the nation-wide Downbeat Student Music Awards.Additionally, the Jazz Collective received a 2017 Downbeat Student Music Awardfor Outstanding Small Jazz Combo Performance. MOJO also received 2015, 2016, and 2018 Downbeat Student Music Awards for Outstanding Large Jazz Ensemble Performance.MOJO has received official letters of commendation from both the United States Congress and the California Legislature. Steve was selected as a clinician and MOJO a featured performer for the 2017 and 2015 JEN (Jazz Education Network) Conferences in New Orleans and San Diego. Steve and the Jazz Collective have been invited to present and perform at the 2019 JEN Conference in Reno. Steve was also a presenter at the 2018 national College Music Society conference in Vancouver, and has been invited to present at the international conference in Belgium in 2019. Steve was recently selected as a visiting professor for the prestigious Study Abroad Program, and will be teaching in London in fall of 2019.


Steve holds a BFA in saxophone performance from Carnegie Mellon University, an MM in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California, and has achieved ABD status in the music education doctoral program at Boston University. Steve is a proud to be a Ligaphone artist and uses Ligaphone reeds and ligatures.





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Classical Sax

MiraCosta Concert Hall, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside

Join the MiraCosta Symphony Orchestra for a fabulous night of classical music featuring Professor Steve Torok, performing Alexander Glazunov’s famed concerto for saxophone. Steve has performed with many notable artists including Stevie Wonder, Usher, Adam Levine, the Temptations, and Four Tops. His television work includes the hit shows American Idol and The Voice. The orchestra will finish out the evening with Robert Schumann’s exhilarating Symphony No. 1 and Franz von Suppe’s beloved Light Cavalry overture. Directed by Branden Muresan.

General Admission: $10; Student/Faculty/Staff/Senior/Military/Child: $8


Troy Bar "Hoxton Jam" featuring Steve Torok

Troy Bar "Hoxton Jam" featuring Steve Torok, 10 Hoxton St, Hackney, London

Steve is proud to be headlining the Hoxton Jam at the Troy Bar in London. Guest artists are featured for the first set followed by a killer jam. Steve selected some challenging Brecker and Stern tunes plus his own stuff for this one. The players are really killer. Fantastic fun! The "Hoxton Jam" has received great reviews and is one of the most successful jam nights located in central London. Throughout the last 3 years the jam night has developed a family of great professional session players of all ages and styles, that show up every Wednesday sharing their skills and experience, and socializing with other musicians.



Jamey Johnson Band at Mission Fest

Jamey Johnson Band at Mission Fest, Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Eleven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson is “one of the greatest country singers of our time,” according to the Washington Post. He is one of only a few people in the history of country music to win two Song of the Year Awards from both the CMA and ACMs. His 2008 album, That Lonesome Song, was certified platinum for 1 million in sales, and his 2010 ambitious double album, The Guitar Song, received a gold certification. In addition, he won two Song of the Year Trophies, for “Give It Away” and “In Color,” both from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. He has received tremendous praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal and other publications, many of which have hailed his albums as masterpieces.

Visit MISSIONFEST.COM JAMEY JOHNSON, DENNIS QUAID AND THE SHARKS, ERIC PASLAY, AND ANNIE BOSKO HEADLINING AT MISSIONFEST 2019. MissionFest is back with a Music Festival & Wine Tasting Experience like no other. The easiest choice for summer entertainment is here. The event is set in the plush grounds of the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano. MissionFest will feature…

A powerful lineup of live music Over 30 Fine Wineries Food Selections from Sol Agave, Cousins Maine Lobster, and Bad to the Bone. The Towne Park Brew Interactive VIP Lounge.

Saturday, July 13, 2019. Gates open 1pm and ends at 8pm. Pace yourself; it’s a lot of fun to have in one day. The Music & Wine Tasting Experience includes complimentary wine tastings from 1pm to 3:30pm.  

$79 – $169


Steve exclusively uses Ligaphone reeds and ligatures.

Eye to Eye

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