Obituary for Joseph Steven Wiest
Steve Wiest (January 26, 1959 - February 19, 2017)
Steve was born on January 26, 1959 to Dorthy and Richard Wiest of Denver, Colorado. He attended West High School and the University of Colorado, Denver where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Music. Often pictured in his studio or behind a microphone, Steve devoted his life to bring people together through music. After playing for the troops on a DoD tour, Steve made a decision during an airport layover in Spain that would play a major role in his life. With trumpet in hand, he decided to travel to Paris to follow his passion. In Paris, Steve became a regular at the Aux Trois Mailletz, blowing his horn into the early hours of the morning for nearly 30 years. Paris is doubly special in Steve’s life because it is where he proposed and married his love, Ruth McKinney.
Ruth and Steve were married in 2006 in a flat in Paris (witnessed only by a stuffed animal nicknamed “Miles Davis”) after strolling the streets in their formal wedding garb. Steve was a romantic; impromptu road trips, discussions about life, and original piano songs were all ways he honored Ruth and their relationship. The love he showed for Ruth seeped into all his relationships-whether you were a music student, his niece or nephew, the troops he performed for, or even the guy next to him on the plane. Steve lived his life with compassion and kindness for all.
Steve had been in the music industry here nearly 40 years. Steve was a well-known musician in Denver. He performed locally and nationally with numerous artists, while running his own recording studio. Most recently, Steve established Studio Stars, a recording and video production studio in Arvada, Colorado. Here are a few of Steve’s accolades:
· Steve has performed with: Dizzy Gillespie-who signed Steve's horn during a concert. Tito Puente, Fabian, Leslie Gore, Jock Bartley (Firefall), Fred Wesley (James Brown Band), Jim Salestrum (Dolly Parton's Band), Claire Fisher, Soloman Burk, Maggie Carlis (Cuba), Zephyr, Rombert Egues (former musical director for Arturo Sandoval), The Platters, The Coasters, Bernard Villa, and Nazara Perra.
· In concert, Steve has opened for: Fats Domino, Dr. John, Albert King, Jay Leno, Miami Sound Machine, Eberneser Oby (Nigeria), Coco Taylor, Otis Day and the Nights (Animal House Band), The Beach Boys, The Village People, and Little Richard.
· Chosen as an “Outstanding Soloist” at the Wichita Jazz Festival, Steve has also performed at: Red Rocks Amphitheater, Rainbow Music Hall, Boettcher Concert Hall, The Paramount Theatre, The Boulder Theatre, The Fox Theatre, The Bluebird Theatre, The Paradise (Aspen), and McNichols Sports Arena.
When not in the United States, Steve performs in Paris at Aux Trois Malliettz (56 Rue Galland). Steve has also toured and performed as a volunteer for the U.S. military in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Cuba, Panama, Bermuda, Honduras, Amsterdam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Korea, Japan, Hawaii, Guam, and the Marshall Islands.
Steve's film credits include “Kid Colter” (an HBO Original movie), “The Denver Amigos” (Denver Broncos video), and “A House for All Seasons” (aired on KRMA TV 6).
Steve also spent three years living in Los Angeles (2010-2013), while working for a web-based start up company EarDish Corporation and worked with accomplished producers, artists and engineers.
Aside from his outstanding musical talents as a trumpeter and pianist, Steve has operated a studio and engineered music production for more than 40 years, producing more than 200 CDs. As a respected member of the Arvada business community, he enjoyed frequenting local businesses and making friends with neighbors in Olde Town Arvada. From Arvada to Los Angeles, Paris to Cozumel, Turkey to everywhere in between, Steve’s legacy of integrity, patriotism, creativity, compassion, goofiness and love will live on.
Steve, 58, passed away in Arvada, CO on February 19, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. His music, dedication to a healthy lifestyle, and love for life will be missed immensely. He is survived by his wife, Ruth McKinney; father, Richard L. Wiest; two brothers, Gary and Rick Wiest; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Dorthy Wiest. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 1:30 PM at Crossroads Church of Denver - 9725 W. 50th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Full details at .
Steve, we miss you. We love you. Rest in peace!