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Phil Steffen and String Theory

Phil Steffen and String Theory

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About Phil Steffen and String Theory

Jazz Guitar in the style of George Benson, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joe Pass. John Scofield, Pat Martino, Wes Montgomery.

Repertoire consists of Great American Songbook, jazz standards, funk and fusion, light classical, select pop and rock..

Former Atlantic Records recording artist.

2010 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Inductee.

Have played with members of Pat Metheny Band, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tower of Power, Steve Miller Band, and more.

Thirty years of experience. Reliable, professional, trustyworthy.

Superb solo guitar and lush ambient sounds for your cocktail party, fundraiser, wedding cocktail hour, corporate event.

Available as solo, duo or trio.




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Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 60 - 180 minutes
  • Fee: $200 and up
  • Insurance: $2,000,000
  • Languages: English
  • Unions: None


Professional level guitar playing
Beautiful ambient background music
Intricate and interesting musical interplay in small groups

Additional Booking Notes

No technical requirements beyond single electrical outlet, and warm and dry staging area


I'm Phil Steffen, Boston area guitarist. My goal is to perform beautiful music every time I play. I've focused on solo and small groups the last few years. I've played at events such as the Boston Post Office Square Jazz Concert Series, The Newport Tennis Hall of Fame, art exhibits at the MFA and Boston Public Library, fundraisers for Partners Healthcare and the Boston Celtics, and many many more. I've also performed in numerous jazz clubs, hotels, and have played cocktail parties and barbeques in private residences throughout New England.
If you like downright pretty guitar playing, I'm confident I fit the bill.

Set List

Too numerous to mention, but here is a sample:

Ain’t Misbehavin’
Fats Waller

All of Me
Billie Holiday

All the Way
Frank Sinatra

April in Paris
Count Basie

As Time Goes By

Autumn Leaves
Roger Williams

Natalie Cole

Blue Moon
Benny Goodman

Blue Skies
Benny Goodman

Body and Soul
Coleman Hawkins

Bye Bye Blackbird
Eddie Cantor

Can’t Help Falling in Love
Elvis Presley

Duke Ellington

Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Glenn Miller

Come Rain or Come Shine
Frank Sinatra

Patsy Cline

Day In-Day Out
Frank Sinatra

Deep Purple
Paul Whiteman

Do Nothing 'til You Hear from Me
Duke Ellington

Don’t Be That Way
Benny Goodman

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Duke Ellington

Embraceable You
George Gershwin

Fly Me to the Moon
Frank Sinatra

Fools Rush In
Glenn Miller

Harlem Nocturne
Ray Noble

Honeysuckle Rose
Fats Waller

How High the Moon
Les Paul & Mary Ford

I Can’t Get Started
Bunny Berigan

I Cover the Waterfront
Eddie Duchin

I Wanna Be Around
Tony Bennett

I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Tony Bennett

I’m Beginning To See the Light
Duke Ellington

I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
Tommy Dorsey

I’ve Got the World on a String
Cab Calloway

In the Mood
Glenn Miller

It Don’t Mean a Thing
Duke Ellington

It Had to be You
Harry Connick, Jr.

It’s Only a Paper Moon
Nat "King" Cole

Just One of Those Things
Cole Porter

Lady is a Tramp
Frank Sinatra

Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off
Harry Connick, Jr.

Lil’ Darlin’
Count Basie

Little Brown Jug
Glenn Miller

Mack the Knife
Bobby Darin

Johnny Mathis

Artie Shaw

Moonlight in Vermont
Margaret Whiting

Moonlight Serenade
Glenn Miller

Bobby Darin

My Funny Valentine
Frank Sinatra

Oh, Lady be Good
George Gershwin

On the Street Where You Live
My Fair Lady

On the Sunny Side of the Street
Nat "King" Cole

Our Love is Here to Stay
Billie Holiday

Over the Rainbow
Judy Garland

Pennsylvania 6-5000
Glenn Miller

Duke Ellington

Satin Doll
Duke Ellington

Sing, Sing, Sing
Benny Goodman

Someone to Watch Over Me
George Gershwin

Hoagy Carmichael

Stompin’ at the Savoy
Benny Goodman

String of Pearls
Glenn Miller
Summer Wind
Frank Sinatra
Sweet Lorraine
Nat "King" Cole

Take the "A" Train
Duke Ellington

Them There Eyes
Ella Fitzgerald

Tuxedo Junction
Glenn Miller

Way You Look Tonight
Frank Sinatra

What a Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong

When You’re Smiling
Louis Armstrong

Frank Sinatra

You Make Me Feel So Young
Frank Sinatra

Influences & Inspiration

Jimi Hendrix to Joe Pass to George Benson

Setup Requirements



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