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.


Together for almost 20 years... 

Sexmob continues to redefine the jazz tradition, while being part of it. There is already a generation of young musicians (including the jazz quartet "Mostly other People Do the Killing") who are inspired by Sexmob's recorded music and legendary live performances. As each member of the band continues to evolve in their own projects (including Bernstein’s eight year tenure with legendary drummer/vocalist Levon Helm), new sounds are are folded into the Sexmob “big tent.”


Sexmob Photo Gallery



Sexmob Discography 1998-2009

Upcoming Shows

meet the band

Steven Bernstein - Slide Trumpet

Briggan Krauss - Saxophones

Tony Scherr - Bass

Kenny Wollesen - Drums, Percussion

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What They Say...

"Sexmob makes every day a Bar Mitzvah!" –WJF organizer/presenter Adam Schatz (from 2016 Billboard article)

"It doesn't get earthier than Sexmob...What matters is the fact that it catches the spirit, that infectious yet elusive Sexmob vibe." –Jazz Times

"This new project makes for a copacetic counterpart to the group's latest album, "Sex Mob Plays Fellini..." –Wall Street Journal

"Sexmob has been straddling the lines between genres for 17 years by incorporating popular tunes into instrumental jazz, and putting the emphasis on beats that move feet. Drummer Kenny Wollesen's funk rhythms, particularly of the New Orleans variety, create a party atmosphere, and Bernstein's visually striking slide trumpet doesn't hurt the hedonistic vibe that Sexmob conveys." –

"[That spirit] – one of wailing, riotous abandon mixed with eccentric song choices, high musicianship and healthy doses of funky downtown grit – is on ample display on the group's first live recording, Meets Medeski..." –All About Jazz

"The band Sexmob specializes in a distinct strain of deconstructionist improvised music: jazz that aims at fun by bouncing off the walls." –NPR Music

"...Steven Bernstein's Sexmob have given themselves one task: to make modern jazz fun." –Popmatters

"...Sexmob, the pugnacious four-piece effectively led by the trumpeter Steven Bernstein..." –The New York Times