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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: August 2, 1976

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....
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” ... made music in a knotty zone where Theolonius Monk meets classical music” (Sydney Morning Herald)

“ ... 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)

Primary InstrumentPiano

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundDegrees: 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

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Ben Folds and WASO performing Ben's song "Boxing" Orchestration by Steve Newcomb



Ben Folds and The National Symphony Orchestra performing Ben's song "Evaporated" Orchestrated by Steve Newcomb



And again with WASO



Katie Noonan and Sumptuous performing Katie's song "Time" Arranged by Steve Newcomb