Steve Newcomb is an Australian pianist, composer, arranger who in 2013 completed doctoral study at the Manhattan School of Music in composition, with Jim McNeely (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra). He is in demand for commission work as a composer, and has written for a wide array of musical artists, from Ben Folds, Ben Lee and The Panics in the pop world, to the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras in the classical world.
His has collaborated with Australian vocalist Katie Noonan on many projects, including the ARIA (Australian Grammy) award winning album “First Seed Ripening”, and the song cycle plus Circus project titled LOVE SONG CIRCUS, which premiered at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2012.
His work in the field of jazz has seen him write for Stefon Harris and the Manhattan School of Music Symphony, and the world renowned Metropole Orkest (The Netherlands) and vocalist Roberta Gambarini, as well as numerous collaborations involving Jazz Orchestra and soloists. In 2012 he collaborated with Australian author Benjamin Law to create a work based around text, which was commissioned by the chamber music group Southern Cross Soloists.
Steve has shared the stage with a growing number of fine musicians in Australia and the USA, including Kristin Berardi, Will Vinson, Karraikudi R Mani, Ken Edie, Candido Camero, James Sherlock, Bobby Sanabria, Clocked Out duo, Katie Noonan, Isaac Hurren, Toby Wren, Gretchen Parlato, Obed Calvaire, Emma Pask, Jim Pugh, John Hoffman, Miroslav Bukovsky, Kim Thompson, James Morrison, Dale Barlow, Scott Tinkler, James Muller, Elliot Dalgleish, Sam Anning, Thomas Morgan, George Garzone, Chris McNulty, Jacam Manricks, Danny Fischer, Paul Bollenback, Jamie Oehlers, Steve Magnusson, Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra, among others.