Steve Newcomb

Steve Newcomb

Steve Newcomb is an Australian pianist and composer equally in demand for his unique touch on the piano, detailed writing, and comprehensive style of arranging that explores the realm shared by jazz and new music. He maintains an active solo career and shares the stage with a multitude of artists, performing in various styles and making "music in a knotty zone where Thelonious Monk meets classical music" (Sydney Morning Herald).

Steve has written for a wide array of musical artists, from Ben Folds, Augie March, and The Panics in the pop world, to the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras in the classical world. He leads his own ensemble, the Steve Newcomb Orchestra, a large chamber jazz project realising original works for strings, winds, harp and voice with jazz trio, which can be heard on the debut album "Caterpillar Chronicles" on the Listen/Hear! label.

As an arranger, Steve has worked with countless artists and organisations and is sought after for his exploratory and "lavish" style (Sydney Morning Herald). Steve frequently collaborates with Australian vocalist Katie Noonan as arranger and composer, including the ARIA award-winning album First Seed Ripening (2011), the acclaimed circus cabaret LOVE SONG CIRCUS (2012), Transmutant (2015) and With Love and Fury with the Brodsky Quartet (2016).

Based in Brisbane, Steve is Senior Lecturer, Head of Jazz and the Program Director of the Bachelor of Music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Steve completed both his Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees at the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Kenny Barron and Jim McNeely.

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