About

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

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

As a film composer, Hudson collaborates with directors in New York City and California, whose works have aired on HBO, Netflix, and in film festivals across the US, Canada, and Europe. He has composed scores to over a dozen films and documentaries which highlight his ability to create works in a wide variety of styles. Stephen has also recorded several works as a pianist, most notably for the film “The Immigrant” by director James Gray (Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Marion Cotillard), and for the PBS documentary, Policing the Police. For details, check out the “Music for Film” page on this site. [we should have this hyperlinked]

As a pianist and composer, Hudson tours the US, Canada, and Europe with his own projects and as a sideman.Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble, the Claire Daly Quartet, the Outer Bridge Ensemble, and a variety of other groups. 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 overseas. Some of the musicians he has shared the stage/recorded with include Steven Bernstein, Jerome Harris, Marcus McClaurine, James Zollar, Marcus Rojas, Oscar Noriega, Peter Eldridge, Stefano Senni, and Claire Daly.

As a sideman, Stephen performa and records with a myriad of different instrumentalists and singers from a wide variety of genres. He has performed extensively with saxophonist Claire Daly in NYC and around the country, recording albums for Glass Beach Records. Their latest album is called “2648 West Grand Boulevard: Jazz Interpretatons of Classic Motown 45’s,” and features Claire Daly-baritone saxophone, Jerome Harris-guitar. Steve Hudson-piano, Marcus McClaurine-bass, and Peter Grant-drums). Hudson also collaborates frequently with David Freeman (drummer, percussionist,composer), their latest album features original music for tabla, sitar, piano/keyboards, and bass.

Stephen 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.

PROJECTS

Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble

The group features Hudson’s genre bending compositions for violin, cello, piano, and drums, a blend of jazz, classical chamber music, tango and folk music into one cohesive and individual sound. Their latest release is Galactic Diamonds.

Christopher Hoffman – cello/voice
Zach Brock – violin
Martin Urbach – percussion
Stephen Hudson – piano

Steve Hudson Trio

The trio dives into Hudson’s originals and reimagined standards from the worlds of jazz, rock and folk. This is their version of Billy Strayhorn’s, Take the A Train.

Stephen Hudson – Piano
Hill Greene – Bass
Rudy Royston – Drums