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|PIANIST & COMPOSER STEVE ALLEE
RETURNS TO USF’S MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ
Monday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.
The next Monday Night Jazz concert at USF in
Tampa will feature a return visit by pianist and
composer STEVE ALLEE, a veteran of nearly 40
years on the jazz scene. On March 26, at 7:30 p.
m., Allee will perform his big band works with the
USF Jazz Ensemble, and small group pieces with
the Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Presented by the
School of Music and the Tampa Jazz Club, these
monthly programs take place in the beautiful USF
Steve Allee is a native son of Indianapolis --
hometown of jazz heroes such as Wes
Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, and J.J. Johnson –
and by age 19, he was the pianist in the Buddy
Rich Orchestra. His piano sound bears the imprint
of the iconic Bill Evans, together with the blues
influences of Buddy Montgomery and Horace
Silver. And as a big-band leader, Allee gained
notice early, with a Grammy nomination for the
2001 album, ‘Downtown Blues.’
He is a favorite colleague of many jazz greats,
including Randy Brecker, John Clayton, and
Rufus Reid, while composing for network TV
and film scores and serving as Music Director of
the nationally-syndicated ‘Bob and Tom Show’ on
radio since the 1980’s, co-producing more than
50 albums along the way.
Allee is also a leading jazz educator, and in 2015
was named to the prestigious faculty at the
Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
One of the highlights of Steve Allee’s Tampa
concert will be his teaming up with USF’s
Director of Jazz Studies, saxophonist Jack
Wilkins, as the two share a lot of history
throughout their lives in jazz education.
Join with other jazz fans to hear the
distinctive sound of this pianist/composer
with both the big band and small combo,
at USF’s Monday Night Jazz!