Steve Della Maggiora- Guitarist from Napa, California. Raised in the 50s and 60s, he absorbed not only songs his parents loved from the Big Band era (and Lawrence Welk Show) but also pop tune from the blossoming Top 40 Radio world. Both his parents were singers, and he was raised in a house full of music. Several years of accordion lessons left their mark, as did the bands he saw on the Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand. After high school he devoted himself to learning the guitar and bass, and began transferring his accordion skills to piano and organ (a process that is still ongoing today.)
Steve is a multi-instrumental, multi-talented musician. He plays guitar, bass guitar, piano, organ, and, when his arm heals up, accordion. He sometimes plays solo. He sometimes accompanies singers, in a variety of styles, especially melodic tunes from before the 20s and 30s right up through the 60s and 70s. (But he's pretty shaky on the more modern recent stuff!) Steve plays with a variety of groups: bass in a pop-folk-novelty duo; guitar with a classical and jazz violinist; organ, bass or guitar with a fine rock band; organ with an electric blues band; accordion, keyboards, guitar and sings with an Americana-Rock-Folk ensemble; plays guitar and sings with a blues/bluegrass/Django-ish quartet; plays guitar or accordion with a Mexican-American dance group; and guitar with a highly skilled Cool Jazz Octet. All of these groups play in the North Bay Area, as we call the counties to the north of San Francisco.
Often Steve seems happiest sitting with his guitar (acoustic or electric) and playing whatever you want to hear. If you'd like him to accompany you, he has a list of well over 1000 tunes he can play. (And the list seems to be getting longer every day!)