Renowned as one of the top British jazz trumpet players both at home and on the international scene, Steve began his career while studying at Trinity College Of Music, and since then has worked regularly on the British and European jazz scene.
In 2006 Steve has been commissioned to compose music for the Voice Of The North Jazz Orchestra and the Durham Youth Jazz Orchestra. These will be performed a number of times throughout the year.
On June 22nd Steve’s 5th Album “Our Delight” was released. This features the music of Tadd Dameron and Herbie Hancock in various settings of duo and tentet.
2005 saw the release of Steve’s 4th album – “October Arrival” featuring his 18 piece Jazz Orchestra.
Steve released his 3rd album as a leader in May 2004 on the Mainstem label featuring Steve’s arrangements of compositions by Benny Golson and Wayne Shorter. This CD features top British Jazz musicians Ben Castle, Andy Cleyndert, Laurence Cottle, Anthony Kerr, Mark Nightingale, Mike Outram, Ian Thomas, Clark Tracey and Nick Weldon.
Steve has his own Quartet and Quintet with which he has recorded two critically acclaimed CDs of his own compositions
DESTINATION UNKNOWN [ASC CD4]
OUT OF TOUCH [ASC CD32]
He has worked with John Surman’s Brass Project recording a CD on the ECM label
THE BRASS PROJECT [ECM 1478]
Steve has toured Europe playing at many of the major Jazz Festivals with the Carla Bley Big Band and recorded two CDs for the ECM label:
BIG BAND THEORY
CARLA BLEY GOES TO CHURCH
Other performers that Steve has regularly worked and recorded with include:
ANDY SHEPPARD, TONY COE, VICTOR MENDOZA, MAL WALDRON, GRAHAM COLLIER, MIKE GARRICK, DON WELLER, JOHN WARREN, COLIN TOWNS & ROBIN JONES.
As a composer Steve has had a number of commissions ranging from small group to big band. These include compositions for the big band PENDULUM (formally the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra) - which can be heard on the CD PENDULUM (33 JAZZ 047CD).
CONCERTO FOR CONGAS - commissioned for George Haslam\'s MELTDOWN featuring Robin Jones as the soloist. This was released on CD in 2001 for the SLAM label.
Steve has also composed a number of pieces for ROBIN JONES\' KING SALSA, which can be heard on the CDs
CHANGO (PARCD 502) & ACHÉ (RPRCD001)
In December 2002 Steve, along with Baritone Sax player George Haslam, were invited to perform at the Havana Jazz Festival as guests of Chucho Valdes with a Cuban big band – the band, with up to 25 members, fronted by Bobby Carcassés with many of the greatest Cuban jazz musicians, played 3 concerts in Havana and Santa Clara; the programme included Waterman directing his ‘Concerto for Congas’ and works by Cuban Jazz composer Jorge Triana Hdz.
Steve is very committed to Jazz education. He has co -written with John ONeil a highly acclaimed Jazz Trumpet tutor book -
THE JAZZ METHOD FOR TRUMPET published by Schott & Co.
He is professor of Jazz Trumpet at Trinity College of Music in London, the Purcell School and visiting Jazz Trumpet specialist at The Royal Northern College Of Music and The Welsh College Of Music And Drama. Steve also teaches on many summer jazz courses and has conducted numerous Trumpet master classes and workshops ranging in size from small groups to big bands throughout the UK and in Germany,
Spain, Finland, Latvia, Peru and Cuba.