From his earliest days as a piano student at the renowned Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester during the 1970’s, Stephen J. Wood has refused to tread anything other than his own, unique path. Seminally influenced by jazz artists Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Dudley Moore and Michel Petrucciani and early twentieth century modern composers Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc, Erik Satie and George Gershwin, Steve has sought to meld the seemingly disparate worlds of classical and jazz music in his teaching, performance, arranging and composition to high acclaim.
His work has been presented on BBC Contrasts (1978-1983), BBC Jazz Organ (1979-1965) and the Humphrey Littleton programme BBC Best of Jazz (1990), in addition to independent broadcasters such as Jazz FM and Piccadilly Radio. Celebrated as a Hammond organist as well as a pianist, he has performed with many local artists and the jazz legend Jack Wilkins with whom he recorded the 1999 albums ‘Bluesin’ and ‘Change Partners’.
As a ‘Third Stream’ pianist, composer, arranger and producer, Stephen J. Wood stylistically, sits somewhere between classical and jazz, but is also well-known in Scotland as an innovative arranger of traditional Gaelic and Scottish songs and tunes for solo piano. Steve’s work includes Sketches Books 1, 2 and 3; Preludes; Contemporary Scottish Solos for Piano Bks 1, 2, and 3; Contemporary Scottish Songs and Airs for Piano; and his highly acclaimed Hinterland album, all for solo piano and available as sheet music books, CDs and downloads. Most recently he has been commissioned to write for the ABRSM piano exam syllabus.
Steve’s Sketches, Preludes and Hinterland collections demonstrate clearly the synthesis of his musical influences and have received critical acclaim.Many of the Scottish pieces have been used in the National Mods in Scotland since 2001 and have received enthusiastically by many eminent musicians and educators. These books are listed and recommended by the Scottish Curriculum Authority for use in Universities’, Colleges’ and Schools’ music departments throughout Scotland. All Steve’s books are sold and distributed through Boosey and Hawkes worldwide, as well as from our own website.
In 2008 Eklectica Records and Eklectica Publishing was launched to promote the work of Stephen J. Wood.
A former lecturer on the BA (Hons) Music, Popular Music and Recording, and MA Performance and Composition courses at Salford University (1996-2011), Steve continues to teach Classical and Jazz piano privately; inspiring students to Diploma and professional level within his highly respected and sought-after teaching practice in Lancashire.