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Steve Shapiro

A busy producer, composer, and session musician in New York City, 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 has led multiple releases as a contemporary jazz vibraphonist.

Steve has recorded with artists such as Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Ornette Coleman, Pat Martino, Regina Belle, They Might Be Giants, Roberta Flack, and SpyroGyra. He appeared on Steely Dan’s Two Against Nature, which received 4 Grammy Awards including Album-of-the-Year. He also composes 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 an array of projects related to over forty feature film releases.

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). As a teenager, he began studying with artists Bob Moses, Dave Samuels, and David Friedman. Shortly thereafter, he was fortunate to meet jazz icon Steve Swallow, who took him on as a young composition student. As an undergraduate at Yale University, Steve continued studies with composer Anthony Davis, who emphasized the work of Duke Ellington.

Steve has received awards from Berklee College of Music and IAJE, and has been featured and reviewed in magazines such as Mix, Downbeat, JazzTimes, The Village Voice, JazzEd, Video-Systems and Modern Drummer.


Steve Shapiro is a Yamaha performing artist, and plays Balter Signature mallets.


Album Review

Steve Shapiro: Plan To Be Spontaneous

Read "Plan To Be Spontaneous" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

With mallets at the fore, a solid set of originals on the program and a strong cast in the mix, vibraphonist Steve Shapiro's musical voice and vision is clear-- and really something to hear--across this seven-song set. Working under the banner of a perfectly paradoxical title, he makes his mark from a number of angles--those of soloist, harmonist, composer and bandleader--and gives his bandmates their due. Sophisticated jazz-pop sets the scene as Shapiro shares the spotlight with ...

Radio & Podcasts

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Snarky Puppy & Steve Shapiro

Read "The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Snarky Puppy & Steve Shapiro" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Episode 769 starts off with vibraphonist Steve Shapiro with new material off his latest album Plan to be Spontaneous. We follow that with a great story acting as a lead into Lee's Summit, MO-native Pat Metheny. The modern tunes continue with Lia Booth, Dana Fitzsimons and Plinio Fernandes. There is brand new music from Roger Lewis of Dirty Dozen Brass Band fame. All of it comes to a close with some rousing music from the Henry Godfrey Jazz Orchestra. Dig ...

Album Review

Steve Shapiro & Pat Bergeson: Low Standards

Read "Low Standards" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Welcome to Low Standards. That comment was not meant to be quizzical. It just goes to show that Steve Shapiro and Pat Bergeson have a sense of humour that blessed them when coming up with a name for their record. That is the only part of the package that is “low", the music travels a well-described path made all the more definitive by the musicians and the arrangements.

The quartet which is rounded off by Doug Weiss on ...

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Vibraphonist Steve Shapiro, Bassist Dave Anderson, And Drummer Tyger MacNeal Team Up For Progressive Electric Trio Album 'Tri/O: Try The Veal.' Available October 16, 2020

Vibraphonist Steve Shapiro, Bassist Dave Anderson, And Drummer Tyger MacNeal Team Up For Progressive Electric Trio Album 'Tri/O: Try The Veal.' Available October 16, 2020

Source: Solidtone Recordings

Solidtone Recordings is pleased to announce the October 16th release of Try the Veal by TRi/O, a collaborative groove-based contemporary jazz & funk outing from three New York musicians: Steve Shapiro on vibraphone and mallet keyboards, virtuoso 5-string bassist Dave Anderson and drummer Tyger MacNeal. A unique concept and original repertoire sets the group apart in the genres of jazz, percussion, and electronic music—especially through experimentation with customized live-loops and the electronic mallet controller, allowing the band to explore progressive ...



CD Release: "Backward Compatible" by Steve Shapiro & Pat Bergeson, Featuring Vocalist Annie Sellick

CD Release: "Backward Compatible" by Steve Shapiro & Pat Bergeson, Featuring Vocalist Annie Sellick

Source: Braithwaite & Katz Communications

New York vibist Steve Shapiro and Nashville guitarist have released their third recording, Backward Compatible, on the Apria label. Also joining them once again is the fine jazz vocalist Annie Sellick. Respected studio musicians, Steve Shapiro & Pat Bergeson have worked with artists such as: Alison Krauss, Madeleine Peyroux, Steely Dan, Bill Frisell, Lyle Lovett, Bill Evans, They Might Be Giants, Spyro Gyra, Chet Atkins, and Michael McDonald. Their collaborative sound is an original mix of retro and modern, infused ...

— "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

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Plan To Be Spontaneous

Solidtone Recordings


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Backward Compatible

Apria Records


Low Standards

Sons of Sound



From: Try the Veal
By Steve Shapiro


From: Backward Compatible
By Steve Shapiro

Scary Americans

From: Backward Compatible
By Steve Shapiro



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