Steve Newcomb is an Australian pianist and composer equally in demand for his unique touch on the piano, detailed writing, and comprehensive style of arranging that explores the realm shared by jazz and new music. He maintains an active solo career and shares the stage with a multitude of artists, performing in various styles and making “music in a knotty zone where Thelonious Monk meets classical music” (Sydney Morning Herald). Based in Brisbane, Steve is Senior Lecturer, Head of Jazz and the Program Director of the Bachelor of Music degree at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
Steve leads the SNO (Steve Newcomb Orchestra), a large chamber jazz project realising original and diverse works for strings, winds, harp and voice with jazz trio, which can be heard on the debut album “CATERPILLAR CHRONICLES”.
"This album is a co-operative undertaking of huge proportions utilising an entire orchestra to perform Newcomb’s expert arrangements where the widely differing atmospheres and instrumentation are underpinned and thematically linked by the composer’s skilful piano-led trio."
4 stars ****
John McBeath (The Australian)