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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.


Gear

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


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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

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Plan To Be Spontaneous

Solidtone Recordings
2022

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Try the Veal

Solidtone
2020

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Solomental

Solidtone
2015

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Solomental

Solidtone
2015

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Backward Compatible

Apria Records
2009

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Low Standards

Sons of Sound
2005

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Hypotenuse

From: Try the Veal
By Steve Shapiro

Early

From: Backward Compatible
By Steve Shapiro

Scary Americans

From: Backward Compatible
By Steve Shapiro

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