In 2000 Sam recorded his first CD as a leader, entitled "This IS My Real Job".  It recieved local acclaim and airplay on radio stations WYMS and WJZI.  It contains six standards and five Steffke originals and features sterling support from some of Milwaukee's top musicians.  A second CD was recently completed, and a third is in the planning stages. 
Sam's CD "This IS My Real Job"
Sam Steffke
      The Players
  • Sam Steffke - Keyboards
  • Warren Wiegratz - Alto / Sp Sax, flute
  • Tom McGirr - Bass
  • Mike Murphy - Drums
  • Jeff Pietrangelo - Trumpet
  • Tom Newberg - Tenor Sax
  • James Kishline - Bass
  • Mike Standal - Guitar
  • Peter Mac - Guitar
  • Ethan Bender - Bass
  • Ryan Schiedemayer - Percussion
  • Del Bennett - Drums
  • Joe Aaron -Clarinet
Sam can also be heard on these recordings: 

  • Ellen Winters Secret of Life
  • Jim Kishline In the Graces
  • Streetlife Live at the Red Mill East
  • Mr. Lucky Wrong-Way Charlie's Safari Adventure  
  • Deirdre Fellner Fixin' to Wail
  • Skeleton Crew, debut cd
  • Sharon Schmidt Dancing in the Kitchen
  • Greg Koch and the Tone Controls Past & Present
  • Exit Scenes From Next Week
  • Chameleon Mind Body and Soul
  • Jim O'Hearn Weathered Heart
  • David de Wies Aimin' to Please 
  • Gloria Miller Let Go

"Signature Licks" piano books by Hal Leonard Publishing:
  • "Ben Folds Five"
  • "Best of Bebop Piano" 

Here's what the Critics are saying:
"fun originals, good arrangements - Sam Steffke has got it goin' on!"  Bill Bruckner, WYMS Radio
"one of my favorites...I never get tired of listening to it."  Dianne Loren, WYMS Radio
"a marvelous helping of straight-ahead jazz...a shockingly good CD."  K. Spore, Milw Journel-Sentinel