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Critical Acclaim for “Galactic Diamonds”

• “Exquisite compositions…there is a quest for beauty in his lines that evoke the masters.” – Keyboard Magazine

•  “A collection of little gems.” – All About Jazz

•  “So disarmingly fun, it’s impossible to resist… a good naturedly mix of third stream jazz with a catchy, quirky pop edge.”  Lucid Culture

•  “Consistently Engaging.” – Christian Carey, Signal to Noise

•  “…Genius pianist Steve Hudson’s way over the top playing in his rousing number “Determined” were just a couple of the highlights of this super-cool band [Outer Bridge].” – Cam Fuller, Star Phoenix

Steve Hudson is a pianist and composer based in NYC whose style embraces the history of jazz, blues, folk, and modern classical music, all with a free spirited love of improvisation.

In addition to performing, Hudson is also a prolific film composer, collaborating with directors in New York City and California, whose works have aired on HBO and in film festivals across the country.  He recorded several works on piano for the film “The Immigrant” by Director James Gray and composer Christopher Spelman, (starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Marion Cotillard), and in 2014 composed music for seven films.

Hudson tours the US, Canada, and Europe with the Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble, the Claire Daly Quartet, the Outer Bridge Ensemble, and a variety of other groups. Some of the musicians he has shared the stage/recorded with include Steven Bernstein, James Zollar, Marcus Rojas, Oscar Noriega, Peter Eldridge, Stefano Senni, and Claire Daly.  He has performed at the Blue Note, Birdland, Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center, Monterey Jazz Festival, and several other clubs, theaters and festivals in the US and abroad.

His latest release as a leader, Galactic Diamonds, features Hudson’s genre bending compositions for violin, cello, piano, and drums.  The Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble bridges and morphs jazz, classical chamber music, tango and folk music into one cohesive and individual sound.

Shine, features a wide spectrum of music for septet and feature luminaries such as vocalist Peter Eldridge, trumpeter James Zollar, and saxophonist Claire Daly.

Seamless, brings forth a klezmer/punk sound.

Outer Bridge was the composer’s debut album, including original tunes such as Funky Hobbit and Love’s Logic.

As a co-leader, recent albums include ever so funky, Determined, by the Outer Bridge Ensemble, and as a sideman, recent albums include, “Mary Joyce Project – Nothing to Lose”and “Baritone Monk” with the Claire Daly Quartet (Northcoast Label).

Hudson was largely self taught, and learned the instrument by ear and by playing along with Ray Charles and Lou Rawls’ record, thanks to the encouragement and guidance of his teachers James Reed and Jim Ellington. He graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in English literature and divided his love of music with a teaching and writing career.

In his early twenties he met the pianist Barry Harris who introduced him to the world of bebop, and everything changed. Steve threw himself into the world of music and never looked back. He fell in love with an eclectic world of music which included Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Red Garland, Ahmad Jamal, Astor Piazzolla, James Brown, the Beatles, Ray Charles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimi Hendrix, Bach, Ravel and others. Steve went on to study with Stanley Cowell and Kenny Barron, and earn a graduate music degree from Manhattan School of Music.  Steve is currently an adjunct professor in music at St. Francis College in Brooklyn and Raritan Valley Community College in NJ.

STEVE HUDSON CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Jody Redhage or Christopher Hoffman – cello/voice
Zach Brock – violin
Martin Urbach – percussion
Steve Hudson – piano

CLAIRE DALY QUARTET
Claire Daly – baritone saxophone/flute
Steve Hudson – piano
Mary Ann McSweeney – bass
Peter Grant – drums

STEVE HUDSON QUINTET/SEXTET
James Zollar – trumpet
Mark DeJong/Claire Daly – saxophone
Curtis Fowlkes – trombone
Steve Hudson – piano/melodica
Mike Noordzy – bass
Jerome Jennings – drums

OUTER BRIDGE ENSEMBLE
Mark DeJong – saxophones
Steve Hudson – piano/keyboards
Soren Nissim – bass
David Freeman – percussion
Jerome Jennings – drums