Steve GraySteve was born in Middlesbrough, England in 1944. At the age of 10, he began teaching himself to play the piano. He joined the Middlesbrough Junior Orchestra, at first playing the bassoon but later switching to the saxophone. The orchestra was directed by Ron Aspery, who would go on to create the fusion group Back Door.
During the 1970s he played sessions for Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand, Lalo Schifrin, Peggy Lee, Sammy Davis Jr and John Barry. Steve joined John Williams' band Sky in 1981, replacing Francis Monkman on keyboards.
Following Sky's last concerts in 1995, Steve continued his career as a respected composer (which he had been carrying out in parallel to his work with Sky). His compositions include two operas, a Requiem Mass for jazz big band and choir, a guitar concerto and a piano concerto written for French jazz pianist Martial Solal. He also provided a full orchestration of the works of Brian Eno (in collaboration with the original composer). From 1991, he worked closely with the Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) Big Band in Hamburg (at the invitation of singer and composer Norma Winstone) and from 1998 he worked as guest professor of composition and arrangement in the jazz institute of Berlin's Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler also composing and orchestrating the albums Update, You're Everything for the Berlin Jazz Orchestra. The WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln posthumously released the CD Europhonia in 2014 which is a 2003 live recording of Steve's music written for the group. Steve is the conductor and musical director for this release. He also composed production music for such labels as Amphonic, KPM and Bruton.
Steve died in 2008.
Black Lion Records BLCD 760222
recorded November 1968 in London/Great Britain
Barney Kessel, guitar
Ike Isaacs, guitar
Kenny Salmon, organ
Steve Gray, organ
Tony Campo, bass
Barry Morgan, drums
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