Born: August 2, 1976 Primary Instrument: Piano
Australian pianist and composer Steve Newcomb completed his doctoral study in composition with Jim McNeely at the Manhattan School of Music in 2013. As a Masters student at MSM from 1999-2001 in Jazz piano performance, Newcomb had Kenny Barron, Garry Dial, John Riley, Mike Abene and the late Manny Albam as mentors.
Steve’s recent projects in Australia include the duo with the distinctive and creative vocalist/lyricist Hannah Macklin, with whom he released “Paper Cranes” in 2010, and the 10-piece West End Composers Collective, which has released two highly acclaimed studio albums “Downstream” and “Driving Hat”. Steve has appeared on two recordings by the group VNMG (featuring Will Vinson, Thomas Morgan and Peter Gabis), which bear the titles “Short Stories: People, Places, Times,” and “Down Homeless.” He has also led a piano trio with Eugene Romaniuk (bass) and Ken Edie (drums), and co-formed The Local Group with Edie and virtuoso guitarist James Sherlock.
Mr. Newcomb completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Orchestral Trombone performance and at this time, toured with the Queensland Youth Symphony to Japan and Korea. A love and appreciation for orchestral repertoire has been a large influence on his music, and in recent years has developed into a growing output of orchestrations and compositions for various symphonic ensembles.
Recordings that feature orchestral arrangements by Steve include the DVD “Ben Folds and WASO: Live in Perth,” the Katie Noonan and The Captains album “Emperor’s Box,” featuring the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Katie and Maggie Noonan album “Two of a Kind” with the Queensland Symphony. He has also had his work performed by the Sydney, Adelaide (Australia), Baltimore and National Symphony Orchestras (USA), and the Metropole Orkest (The Netherlands).
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.
Awards:QSong Award 2009 (Macklin & Newcomb)
... explored the paths less travelled of the piano trio. (John Clare)
... Billy Strayhorn's extraordinary songwriting craftsmanship thriving on Stephen Newcomb's lavish arrangement (Sydney Morning Herald)
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Degrees: Doctor of Musical Arts (Manhattan School of Music) Master of Music (Manhattan School of Music) Bachelor of Music (Queensland Conservatorium, Australia) Teaches in arranging, composition, piano