Steve Berlin

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Steve Berlin
Background information
Born (1955-09-14) September 14, 1955 (age 65)
Philadelphia, PA
Origin Philadelphia, PA
Instruments saxophone, keyboards
Associated acts Los Lobos
Top Jimmy & The Rhythm Pigs
The Blasters
The Flesh Eaters

Steven Berlin (born September 14, 1955, Philadelphia) is an American saxophonist, keyboardist and record producer, best known as a member of the rock group Los Lobos and, before that, Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs, the Blasters, and the Flesh Eaters.[1] Berlin is married and lives with his wife and children in Portland, Oregon. Berlin joined the band Tuatara as a side project in 1998 on their second album, Trading with the Enemy.

As either a session musician or producer, Berlin has worked with Crash Test Dummies, Backyard Tire Fire, Beat Farmers, John Lee Hooker, the Paladins, Faith No More, Dave Alvin, R.E.M., the Go-Go's, the Smithereens, the Replacements, Leo Kottke, Sheryl Crow, the Act, Los Super Seven, Rickie Lee Jones, String Cheese Incident, Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Raul Malo, Rick Trevino, Jackie Greene, the Tragically Hip, Great Big Sea, the Bridge, Nathan Wiley, the Dandy Warhols, Making Movies and Deer Tick.[2]

Involvement with Mark Eitzel

Berlin, as part of Peter Buck's Tuatara, played piano on "Helium" and fuzz bass on "Old Photographs", from Eitzel's 1997 West album, co-written with Buck.


  1. Chris Morris Los Lobos: Dream in Blue 2015 - Page 57 1477308520 "At many of these early gigs, Los Lobos were augmented by another musician who started showing up at their shows, instrument in hand, just for the love of it: the Blasters' saxophonist Steve Berlin. Born in Philadelphia, John Coltrane's longtime home base, in 1955, Berlin was a hard-blowing, R&B- and jazz-savvy saxophonist..."
  2. Timothy Finn "Making Movies: 'An Amazing Special Band'". Kansas City Star, December 14, 2012