Colors - Steve Allee Trio
Steve Allee - piano
Bill Moring - bass
Tim Horner - drums
Steve Allee – jazz pianist, arranger, composer, educator
Pianist, composer and arranger Steve Allee is a veteran of more than 35 years on the music scene, working principally in jazz, writing and performing for syndicated radio programs, network television and motion pictures, and as a music educator.
All of his career facets have blended into a distinct musical that has a very strong visual, almost cinematic flavor because of his skill in capturing or reinforcing important moods or visual elements inspire his projects.
‘Colors’ and ‘Dragonfly’ are artful collaborations with bassist Bill Moring and drummer Tim Horner. Saxophonists Rich Perry and Rob Dixon appear on select tracks. In his liner notes for Dragonfly, jazz journalist Ken Franckling noted that “From start to finish, Ðragonfly makes it clear that this is a band in which each of the players finds their interaction to be exhilarating…. this trio is all about making the most of the journey – as the best jazz should.”
A native son and longtime resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, Steve was fortunate to grow up in the hometown of many jazz greats, including brothers Wes, Buddy and Monk Montgomery, Slide Hampton, J.J. Johnson, David Baker, Freddie Hubbard and Melvin Rhyne, among others.
His playing style has a touch, sparkling clarity and improvisational variations reminiscent of the late Bill Evans, as well as a very strong blues influence that Steve credits to his exposure to Buddy Montgomery and Horace Silver.
Steve began his professional career at age 19 with the Buddy Rich Orchestra before he was drafted into military service during the Vietnam War. Through the years, he has worked with a veritable “Who’s Who” of major jazz artists across the United States and abroad. Recent performances include the Rufus Reid Trio, The Randy Brecker Quartet, David “Fathead” Newman, John Clayton and The Rich Perry Quartet. He also leads a big band that performs regularly in Indianapolis.
Steve’s big band CD, Downtown Blues, with bassist John Clayton and drummer John VonOhlen, was nominated for a Grammy® award. Allee's first national solo CD, The Magic Hour, released on Noteworthy Records, landed at No. 14 on the Gavin national radio poll. Steve is currently pianist with the Rufus Reid Trio, their CD’ “Out Front”, on the Montema label, hit the #1 spot on the Jazz Week radio polls. Their 2nd album, “Hues Of A Different Blue” is currently #9 on the national chart.
His other musical accomplishments included being commissioned to write and conduct a four-movement work for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Indianapolis Museum of Art. His score for the film, "New York in the Fifties," was performed live at Switzerland’s acclaimed Montreux Jazz Festival. Steve was co-director and arranger for a J.J. Johnson Tribute Concert featuring trombonist Slide Hampton at the Indy Jazz Fest in 2001.
His writing credits include soundtracks for "New York In The Fifties," the film inspired by the Dan Wakefield book of the same title, as well as "Something To Cheer About," a documentary starring Halle Berry and Oscar Robertson that focused on the 1954-55 Crispus Attucks Tigers basketball team on which NBA legend Robertson played in high school in Indianapolis. It was the first all-black high school team ever to win a state championship – and the team that changed the face of basketball forever.
Steve’s performance and network television writing credits with Los Angeles Post Music© include music for “Chicago Hope,” “Mad About You,” “Martha Stewart,” “Friends,” “Nash Bridges,” “NYPD Blue,” “Dharma and Greg,” and “Touched by an Angel.”
This busy artist also is the music director for the nationally syndicated, Indianapolis-based comedy-variety radio show, “The Bob and Tom Show,” with which he has co-produced more than 50 albums over the past 25 years.
As an educator, Steve has given workshops and Master classes at many college and university music programs over the years, including the University of Cincinnati, University of Louisville, University of Illinois, University of Missouri, Morehead College, Purdue University, Butler University, University of Indianapolis, Indiana State University, Drury College, and Florida International University. He has taught at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops for 14 years. The has recorded 20 albums for the Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long series including the Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Lee Morgan, J.J. Johnson and Eddie Harris volumes.
Steve was commissioned by renowned drummer, percussionist and educator, Steve Houghton, to write a percussion Concerto for Wind Ensemble. The piece, “Passages” was premiered February 25, 2011 in Washington DC by the US Army Wind Ensemble.
• Member of the Rufus Reid Trio. 2010 – 2012
• Performances include; Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, New York City, NY Schuler’s (Boston, MA) Anthology (San Diego, CA), Vitello’s (Los Angeles, CA), Yardbird Suite (Edmunton, Canada) University of Missouri (Columbia, MO), The Jazz Showcase (Chicago, IL) Tula’s (Seattle, WA), Bach Dynamite Club (Half Moon Bay, CA), St. Mary’s College (San Antonio, TX)
• Recording pianist, has recorded 20 Jamey Aebersold Play-a-Long recordings, distributed internationally including the J.J. Johnson, Miles Davis, St. Louis Blues, Lee Morgan, Joe Henderson, Cole Porter, Cole Porter for vocalists, Good Time, Miles of Modes, It Had To Be You, Embraceable You, Solo Piano volume for vocalists, Standards with Strings & Eddie Harris.
• Performed with such notables as; James Moody, Benny Golson, Phil Woods, Curtis Fuller, Rufus Reid Trio & Quintet, Randy Brecker, Buddy Rich Orchestra, Slide Hampton, Dr. David Baker, Bobby Watson, Bob Mintzer, Bob Sheppard, Joe Lavano, David Liebman, Steve Wilson, Toninho Horta, , Steve Houghton, Jeff Hamilton, Mike Clark, Herlin Riley, J.D. Allen, John Clayton, Tim Hagans, Derrick Gardner, Scott Wenholdt, Clay Jenkins, Charles Rouse, Virgil Jones, John Riley, Duduka Da Fonseca, Steve Davis, Jay Ashby, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Ira Sullivan, Ed Thigpen, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Rich Perry, Alan Dawson, Jonathan Higgins, Tyrone Wheeler, Chris Vadala
• J.C. Heard, Al Hibbler, Milt Hinton, Urbie Green, Jamey Aebersold, Tom Borton, Gary Campbell, Don Braden, Jimmy Coe, Alonzo “Pookie” Johnson, David Young, Frank Glover, Jim Snidero, James Spaulding, Dick Oates, Scott Robinson, Don Aliquo, Jim Rotundi, Rayford Griffin, Bill Moring, Tim Horner, Sekou Bunch, Ray Fuller, Dave Stryker, Med Flory, Conte Condoli, Lynn Seaton, Cal Collins, Bobby Shew, Vincent Gardner, Kevin Mahogany, Cynda Williams, Carol Sloane, Helen Forrest, Dianne Schuur, The Mills Brothers. The Al Cobine, Warren Covington, Ralph Marterie, Ray McKinley, and Stan Kenton Orchestra.