Steve Newcomb is an Australian pianist, composer, arranger who in 2013 completed doctoral study at the Manhattan School of Music in composition, with Jim McNeely (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra). He is in demand for commission work as a composer, and has written for a wide array of musical artists, from Ben Folds, Ben Lee and The Panics in the pop world, to the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras in the classical world.
Newcomb has collaborated with Australian vocalist Katie Noonan on many projects, including the ARIA (Australian Grammy) award winning album “First Seed Ripening”, and the song cycle plus Circus project titled LOVE SONG CIRCUS, which premiered at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2012. His work in the field of jazz has seen him write for Stefon Harris and the Manhattan School of Music Symphony, and the world renowned Metropole Orkest (The Netherlands) and vocalist Roberta Gambarini, as well as numerous collaborations involving Jazz Orchestra and soloists. In 2012 he collaborated with Australian author Benjamin Law to create a work based around text, which was commissioned by the chamber music group Southern Cross Soloists.
Mr. Newcomb has shared the stage with a growing number of fine musicians in Australia and the USA, including Kristin Berardi, Will Vinson, Karraikudi R Mani, Ken Edie, Candido Camero, James Sherlock, Bobby Sanabria, Clocked Out duo, Katie Noonan, Isaac Hurren, Toby Wren, Gretchen Parlato, Obed Calvaire, Emma Pask, Jim Pugh, John Hoffman, Miroslav Bukovsky, Kim Thompson, James Morrison, Dale Barlow, Scott Tinkler, James Muller, Elliot Dalgleish, Sam Anning, Thomas Morgan, George Garzone, Chris McNulty, Jacam Manricks, Danny Fischer, Paul Bollenback, Jamie Oehlers, Steve Magnusson, Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra, among others.
Steve’s unique touch on the piano has been heard across the globe in spaces such as Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Carnegie Hall, Cornelia Street Cafe (New York), A-Train (Berlin), Porgy and Bess (Austria), Gambrinus (Switzerland), Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Sydney Opera House, The Ellington Jazz Club, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Tanks Arts Centre, Bennetts Lane, Jazzworx (Australia).
Steve Newcomb has taught in clinics and workshops around the world, and holds a teaching position at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane, Australia. He enjoys being active in community music programs where he has had the opportunity to mentor a number of up and coming musicians.
” … made music in a knotty zone where Thelonious Monk meets classical music”
(Sydney Morning Herald)
” … explored the paths less travelled of the piano …” (John Clare)
“… Billy Strayhorn’s extraordinary songwriting craftsmanship thriving on Newcomb’s lavish arrangement” (Sydney Morning Herald)
“Put simply, Steve Newcomb is one of the most beautiful musicians I have had the pleasure of knowing and being involved with in performance. Beautiful in the sense that his musical aesthetic is founded in gentleness, sensitivity, and formidable skill in playing, composing, orchestrating and arranging.”
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