“In my estimation, Seven Steps is one of the premier Latin/Afro-Cuban jazz inspired ensembles in the United States. Seven Steps to Havana performed a powerhouse set at the 7th Annual Twin Cities Hot Summer Jazz Festival in downtown Minneapolis. It was a fantastic show. The band members exhibited virtuosic jazz musicianship combined with a keen understanding of Afro-Cuban rhythms, percussion and soul.”

Kevin Barnes Jazz88 KBEM Community Partnerships and Marketing Director
Twin Cities Hot Summer Jazz Festival Board President



“A whirlwind tour through so many musical genres, regions and styles, I lost count. I heard jazz and Latin jazz standards, traditional Cuban and Brazilian tunes in a jazz arrangement, a couple of original compositions with many excellent solos and even an afro-Cuban rumba (which I just had to dance to, I just can't sit through when that music comes on)…”

Mark Scollar, jazz fan and salsa dance aficionado



"Doug Little has no interest in blending in with the backdrop."

77 Square Article 7/29/09




"The clinic and concert with Seven Steps to Havana was without a doubt the highlight of my jazz band's year. The students were enthralled by the music presented by these fine artists, from the first note to the last. Their passion for the music came through in everything they did."

John Engebretson, Kennedy High School
Bloomington, Minnesota 5/14/07



“ These musicians merge their efforts to create a highly energetic, creative and joyful big band sound with only seven voices. From mambo to cha-cha, Seven Steps to Havana will take your ears from Minnesota to Cuba, proving that seven is indeed a very lucky number.”

Jazz Police Article 9/27/05



“Doug Little played the full range of the horn, from lyrical to playful to aggressive, seamlessly sliding from comp to solo and back.”

Jazz Police Article 9/13/04