Since turning professional at the age of 17, Steve has been involved in many musical situations - the longest running being the West End show The Official Tribute to the Blues Brothers produced by David Pugh. Steve joined the show in January 1997 as trumpet player and became musical director in June of that year. Since then he has appeared in the West End and toured the UK, Europe and USA extensively with the show on trumpet, drums, occasionally keyboards and one memorable Friday matinée in Hull on bass..!
In between tours with Blues Brothers, Steve plays with various jazz, latin, pop and function bands finding himself in many different places including the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s and a trip to Namibia under his own name headlining the first Cheetah National Arts Festival in Otjiwarongo (2004). Also, the end of 2009 saw Steve’s big-screen debut(!) playing the Mercury Orchestra’s trumpet player in the feature film ‘Me And Orson Welles’ directed by Richard Linklater.
Steve has appeared on the same bill as The Real Thing, The Drifters, Rod Stewart and Dionne Warwick; has worked with many great performers such as John Hurt, Liam Neeson, Richard E. Grant, Richard Griffiths, Kenneth Branagh and Roger Moore; and also collaborated with Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice. He has performed in such diverse situations as the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, the millennium celebrations at the Millennium Dome (now the O2 Arena) and the cricket World Cup final at Lords. Steve has played in the band of Corinne Bailey Rae on gigs such as the V-Festival, Glastonbury and Live Earth 2007 at Wembley Stadium with Corinne and John Legend. In 2010 he was asked to be part of a new show; Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Show, in which he plays keyboards, trumpets, horn, clarinet, saxophone, percussion and backing vocals. Steve is also the musical director for up-and-coming girl band Angels in White. His latest project, and one he is most proud of, is Simply Big Band; a show consisting of a 26-piece orchestra, 3 singers and 6 dancers. Steve is the arranger, musical director, co-writer and co-director for the show.
Whilst being active as a player, Steve is equally active as a writer, composing music for West End/Broadway award-winning shows as well as bands like the Trinity College Big Band, NYJO and his own Steve Parry and the Big Band From Hell. And to add to that, he also has had jingles used on British national radio, including the well-loved ‘Beat The Busby’ theme as featured on Chris Evans’ show on BBC Radio 2.
With regards to recordings, Steve is a busy session musician playing on numerous albums and TV commercials. He also has released a single (It All Starts Here) and an album (The Organ Quintet Recordings) of his own material.
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