Sam Steffke
Sam Steffke  has performed extensively with many local jazz, rock, funk, and blues groups, including:
Streetlife (Milw Bucks house band)
Eddie Butts
Mr. Lucky Swing Syndicate
Manty Ellis
Penny Goodwin
Carmen Nickerson
Chick Singer Night Band (since '06)
Deirdre Fellner
Dick Elliot
Chuck Hedges
Jessie Hauck
Ellen Winters
Mary White
Andy LoDuca's World Jazz Band
Anita Stemper
Greg Koch and the Tone Controls
Gloria Miller
Sharon Schmidt
Milwaukee Chapter
Chick Singer Night Band
Heather Macy
Rainbow's End
Chris Mariani
Gail Valenti
Jenny Thiel
Rhonda Begos 
Chanel LeMeaux
Skeleton Crew
Herd of Cats
...and more!

About Sam Steffke
Three time WAMI award winning pianist, Sam Steffke is a graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music. While there, Sam worked steadily with many area musicians, including Rick Stepton, a veteran of the Buddy Rich Band. A native of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Sam has lived in Milwaukee since 1985. Since moving to Milwaukee, Sam has worked with a veritable who's who of the local music scene. (see list at right) Recordings by Sam

Sam has also had the honor of accompanying such heavy-hitting hornmen as jazz trumpet virtuoso Brian Lynch, "Saturday Night Live" trombonist Tom "Bones" Malone, and Bela Fleck/Dave Matthews Band saxophone demigod Jeff Coffin, at clinics they played at Cascio Interstate Music. In addition, he has recorded piano tracks for the companion CDs of "Signature Licks" piano books by the  Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation, including "Ben Folds Five" and "Best of Bebop Piano." Sam also maintains a teaching practice for all ages and all levels! 

Sam’s first CD, entitled "This IS My Real Job", was released in 2000 to local acclaim - receiving airplay on radio stations WYMS and WJZI.  It contains six standards and five Steffke originals, featuring support from some of Milwaukee's top musicians.  A second CD was recently completed and released, and a third is in the planning stages.
In early 2006,  a rare blood disease slowed Sam down for awhile. Many thanks to Cathy and Martina Steffke, wonderful friends and fellow musicians for their support. Sam recuperated fully and continues to enjoy a clean bill of health. He will forever be grateful to everyone who made possible, and participated in, the “Jam for Sam” benefit concert of February 2006.

Shortly before his hospitalization, Sam began work (at the urging of Jim Kishline) on his next two recording projects; one will be a follow-up, of sorts, to his well-received first cd, "This IS My Real Job", the other (recently completed!) is jazz re-workings of some of Sam's favorite Beatles songs.

Read more here Jam for Sam / Health / Jim Kishline / Follow up CD Beatles Tunes
Together with Kishline on bass and Mike Murphy on drums, Sam has recorded bed tracks for a slew of Beatles tunes, including "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Penny Lane", "Julia", "I Will", "In My Life", "All You Need Is Love", "Blackbird" and "The Long and Winding Road"....horn parts for a number of the songs have also been recorded; leaving their musical imprints on the project were saxophonists Warren Wiegratz  and Tom Newburg (saxophones), Jeff Pietrangelo (trumpet), Dave "Smitty" Smith (trombone), and Rick Aaron (flute). Two songs have also been recorded for the as-yet untitled "This is STILL My Real Job" CD project. Manning the controls was WAMI-winning producer Pat Lilly of Nexus Studios, who recorded and co-produced "This IS My Real Job".
Chick Singer Night
Elements at Summerfest 2011
Sam and Ellen Winters
Elements 2011
Chick Singers at Caroline's
Sam w Grooveolgy at 3rd Ward Jazz