Steve Neff is originally from Upstate New York. He started playing the sax when he was 12. In high school he started to study clarinet and flute also. Steve attended Ithaca College where he pursued a degree in Music Education and Performance. During his two years at Ithaca he studied much of the classical repertoire for the saxophone as well as continuing to increase his knowledge and skills in the jazz idiom.
A summer visit to Boston in 1987 inspired Steve to transfer to the Berklee College of Music in Boston . He wanted to be among the best players and teachers in the world. He switched his Major to performance and studied with many greats including George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Bill Pierce, Joe Viola and Charlie Banacos. During his third semester Steve was offered a gig by one of his professors and has been playing professionally in the New England area ever since.
He has played with many bands in venues such as the Fleet Center , Boston Garden , Madison Square Garden, Ryles Jazz Club, The Regattabar, Scullers Jazz Club, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts as well as in many of the most prestigous restaurants and mansions in Boston , Cape Cod and Newport . Steve has also played in Paris and other parts of Europe on a number of occasions.
In the beginning of 2008 Steve started what is now www.NeffMusic.com as a hobby. What started as a hobby for him quickly turned into a thriving business. In the last year and a half Steve has sold thousands of jazz method books as well as online lessons to hundreds of students around the world. Currently, Steve teaches privately with a current roster of over 70 students as well as playing regularly around the New England area.