Steve Taddeo with drummer Johnny Blowers
fell in love with Gene Krupa's
playing when his Uncle gave him an old Columbia LP of Benny Goodman’s
1938 Carnegie Hall Concert. He is a self-taught drummer, and played
throughout his Watertown High School years, also in a teen-aged band
Little Sid & Company, formed by Art Barbatos.
In the early 70’s he played at
Betty’s Rolls Royce with Craig Ball and Paul Monat. Buzzy Drootin
sometimes let him sit in. They also played at the Scotch & Sirloin.
1978-83 he had his own Steve Taddeo Big Band. He also formed the
Swing Senders in February 1978. His first trumpet player was Paul Monat.
He’s played with Bucky Pizzerelli, Bill Berry, Dick Johnson, Craig Ball,
Dave Whitney, Lee Childs, and
with the Ray Leach Orchestra, and is now playing regularly with the
He joined the Dick Donovan Big
Band in 1992. In 2004, Dick retired to New Hampshire, and Steve took
over the band, retaining the name. Daytime he works with the Forestry
Division of the City of Waltham. Nighttime and weekends he keeps busy
with both the Swing Senders and The Dick Donovan Band, directed by Steve
Taddeo, and also substitutes with many other local bands.