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Steve Shapiro

Vibraphonist and composer Steve Shapiro has recorded with such diverse artists as Steely Dan, Ornette Coleman, Phil Collins, Spyro Gyra, Regina Belle and They Might Be Giants. Shapiro is also an accomplished producer and arranger whose work has appeared in hundreds of television and film projects.

In addition to having performed with the likes of Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, and Marc Johnson, Shapiro has also notably collaborated with Nashville guitarist Pat Bergeson (Bill Evans, Chet Atkins, Bill Frisell, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss), with whom he has released three CDs, including BACKWARD COMPATIBLE (Apria Records) in 2009.

Before moving to New York City in 1985, Steve grew up in Connecticut and was a member of an award-winning high school ensemble that produced many fine musicians (including pianist Brad Mehldau). During this time, he studied percussion with artists Bob Moses, Dave Samuels, and David Friedman, and with composers Steve Swallow and Anthony Davis.

Steve's credits span many areas of the music & recording business, including major jazz and pop artists, television, feature films, commercials, multimedia, and education. He appeared on Steely Dan's Two Against Nature, which received 4 Grammy Awards including Album-of-the-Year. He has composed music for many television series, films, TV commercials and trailers, and is a long- time producer/arranger for the Walt Disney Company, with credits on projects related to over thirty-five feature film releases.

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— “Its a real shame this music isn't more widely known because these guys are doing something both original and fresh. Players of uncommon presence and a distinct voice on their respective instruments, leaders Shapiro and Bergeson are both fine jazz musicians. Beyond that their concept of revitalizing various popular, jazz standard, and obscure musical numbers, plus their own slightly loopy tunes....adds up to a kind of musical genius....Music of very high accomplishment.” (Audiophile Audition)

— “Bergeson and vibist Steve Shapiro lead their
low-key band through Latinized classics and
lush, leisurely originals with lucid grace....
When they back Sellick on shorter alternating
tracks, they ease into overdrive for her insinu-
ating smears and hints of Diana Krall and
savvy Carmen McRae snap.” -Downbeat

— “From the moment you hear Annie Sellick sing the opening lines from Joni Mitchells song Free Man In Paris, you feel like she is speaking directly to you. As the song progresses, it becomes impossible to escape Sellicks powers of seduction, and vibraphonist Steve Shapiro and guitarist/harmonica player Pat Bergeson are perfect accomplices during the takeover

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Discography

Solomental

Solomental

Solidtone
2015

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Backward Compatible

Backward Compatible

Apria Records
2009

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Low Standards

Low Standards

Sons of Sound
2005

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Xylophobia

Xylophobia

Curious Jazz
2001

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Vibe Out

Vibe Out

Solidtone
1996

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Early

Early

Steve Shapiro
Backward Compatible

Scary Americans

Scary Americans

Steve Shapiro
Backward Compatible

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