Steven Bernstein

trumpeter | bandleader | composer | arranger

The official website of composer and slide trumpet master Steven Bernstein - bandleader of Millennial Territory Orchestra, Sex Mob, Diaspora Projects and many more.


“When the time comes, Bernstein clicks an invisible switch and the band pops into semi-flawless unison. At that point, you might imagine yourself in Harlem in 1929…”
- Village Voice

Tearing into witty and funky new arrangements of little-known Jazz nuggets from the 1920s and ‘30s, as well as radically transforming songs by artists such as Prince and the Beatles, Steven Bernstein (Grammy-nominated Composer/Sexmob Trumpeter) leads an improvisational nine-piece outfit playing irreverent 21st-century Jazz. The band is consistently praised for uniting sexy grooves spanning a century of music—from Don Redman to Sly Stone to the present—with Free Jazz Abandon.





Upcoming shows

Meet the Band

Matt Munisteriguitar

Ben Allison - bass

Charlie Burnham - violin

Ben Perowsky - drums

Erik Lawrence - reeds

Doug Wieselman - reeds

Peter Apfelbaum - reeds

Clark Gayton - trombone

Steven Bernstein - trumpet, slide trumpet

What They Say...

"MTO slides between the old and the new, taking musical cues from talented but little-known jazz bands from the 1920s and '30s that worked the juke joints and ballrooms of the Cotton Belt and the Midwest."
- NPR, "All Things Considered"

“...a vibrant big band piloted by slide-trumpet virtuoso Steven Bernstein, [who] marries hot-jazz horns with fat backbeats to yield a riotously anachronistic party soundtrack…”–Time Out New York

"Bernstein's rough and tumble Sexmob quartet has been tearing down musical boundaries for well over a decade, but it is his large ensemble, the Millennial Territory Orchestra (MTO), that offers the most complete view of his multifarious abilities. Conducting a phenomenal group of soloists, he limits his wildly expressive brass excursions to brief interludes, providing himself a magnanimous bandleader as well as a stellar arranger." – All About Jazz