As a young adult, Steen took part in the Civil Rights movement and went to our nation's capitol for the March on Washington in 1963.
Steen is an accomplished pianist as he leads his swinging Quintet "Purnell Steen and Le Jazz Machine" who are favorites in the Jazz Festival Circuit as well as around Colorado. Among his numerous awards, he was the recipient of the 2010-2011 Jazz in 5 Points Award.
He is the Director of Music at Campbell Chapel African American Episcopal Church (AME) and has been the Music Director at Zion Baptist Church.
Courtesy: Donnie L. Betts and Denver Public Library
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