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Steve Klenke and Steve Klenke Jazz Sextet compose, arrange, record and produce original jazz, pop and sountrack music

Shortly about me

Steve Klenke composer, trumpet player, music producer, and owner of eMotific Music Publisher (BMI) and Foxy River Records in Albuquerque, New Mexico

I'm Steve Klenke (BMI) - Trumpet Player. Composer. Producer. Owner of eMotific Music Publisher (BMI) and Foxy River Records.

I have a Bachelor of Music degree from Elmhurst University, Elmhurst, IL. (Chicago area), and I also attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I spent 22 years as a music educator, band & orchestra director for public and private schools in Chicago & Suburbs before changing careers to Information Technology in 2000 (Bachelor of Science Degree from DeVry). In addition to music, I am also an ASP.NET/C# web and software developer.

I have composed music and played the trumpet all my life! In Chicago, I played trumpet with local big bands and variety bands and I also had my own jazz group. I moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2006. In New Mexico, I continued to compose music and record, and I played trumpet with variety, salsa, cumbia, and latin jazz bands as well as my own "Steve Klenke Jazz Sextet." I have also been fortunate to play shows at larger venues like Rialto Square Theatre (Joliet, IL), Chicago Hilton and Towers Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier, and Taste of Chicago (Chicago, IL), and in New Mexico, at Legends Theatre (Route 66 casino) and the Cooperage salsa club.


15 Grandes Award (played trumpet for Micky Cruz salsa band - Albuquerque)

Steve Klenke trumpet player in New Mexico

Trumpet tutor for actors Dylan McDermott and Cayden Boyd for a film directed by Brad Issacs

Steve Klenke trumpet player in Albuquerque


6 Orchestral tracks published by MIBE Music in New York City.

22 tracks of original jazz sold (work-for-hire) to Teletunez, Inc.

Jingles for Toyota (Chicago area) and American Heart Association.

I have produced dozens of CD & EP projects.

3 tracks curated by Reverb Nation.

Offer to join curated sync licensing library UEM (UNITED ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA LIMITED - London, U.K.)

My mission & values

Steve Klenke eMotific Music


The most important thing in my life is my family! Spending time together, having fun, supporting each other and always being there for them. I have family in different cities in the USA and I love to go visit and spend quality time together. They are my world! Especially the grandchildren!!

I think it is important to take time every day to appreciate your loved ones and to reconnect as a family weekly or daily.

"Family is a life jacket in the stormy sea of life."- J.K. Rowling

"Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten." - Stitch of Lilo and Stitch

"Families are like branches on a tree. We grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one." - Unknown

Steve Klenke musician at eMotific Music


Music is absolutely my passion! I guess my "mission" might be: to compose and perform music that (hopefully) makes me people feel good, enriched, and uplifted for a moment. When collaborating with lyricists, I tend to be drawn to lyrics that have a postive message.

I'm more focused on melody than harmony. "Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpointists to hack post-horses; therefore be advised, let well alone and remember the old Italian proverb: Chi sa più, meno sa – Who knows most, knows least." --Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

And also, Rhythm! "To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?" --Michael Jackson

Steve Klenke eMotific Music values

Climate Change

"By polluting the oceans, not mitigating CO2 emissions and destroying our biodiversity, we are killing our planet. Let us face it, there is no planet B." --Emmanuel Macron, President of France

"We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it." --Barack Obama, Former US President

Healing the planet starts in your garage, in your kitchen, and at your dining room table.
How you can stop global warming

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eMotific Music supports local businesses and musicians

Support Local Business

I think it is extremely important that we support our local community and businesses.

When you buy from a small business, you are supporting someone's dream, and you might be helping a kid get dance or music lessons, buy a team jersey or school laptop, or helping parents make a mortgage payment or helping a student pay for college, all while creating growth and new jobs!

Performances and Productions for 2021-2022 TBD