Internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator, Steve Houghton initially received acclaim at age 20 as the drummer with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd. Since then, he has shared stage and studio with luminaries Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, Clay Jenkins, Shelly Berg, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Les Hooper, Bob Florence, Bob Sheppard, Billy Childs, Bobby Hutcherson, Pat LaBarbara, Bill Cunliffe, Steve Allee, and Joe Henderson.
Houghton’s partial discography as leader includes: The Manne We Love: Gershwin Revisited (TNC), a collection of John Williams’ charts for big band and quintet, the Steve Houghton Quintet Live @ the Senator (Jazz Compass), Remembrances (Warner Bros.), and Steve Houghton Signature (Mesa-Bluemoon).
As an author, Houghton has more than 30 educational books and DVDs. His most recent project, Rhythm Section Workshop for Jazz Directors (Alfred) is a DVD-book series that addresses the entire rhythm section.
Houghton is currently professor of percussion and jazz at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.