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steve oliver - electronic press kit

YOU KNOW HIS MUSIC

 
 
  • Five #1 smooth jazz radio hits including the legacy track “High Noon”

  • Over a dozen Top 10 radio hits

  • A #1 selling smooth jazz album on Amazon.com with his 2018 release “Illuminate”

  • Over 50,000 monthly listeners on Spotify alone with over 4.3 MILLION streams to date

  • Co-writer and/or producer for many notable smooth jazz artists including Brian Simpson, Paul Taylor, Will Donato, BillyRay Sheppard, Steve Reid and more

  • Over 7,000 fans on Facebook

  • Toured as a member of Acoustic Alchemy and played festivals worldwide as a solo artist

  • Star players Vinnie Colaiuta, Leland Sklar, Nathan East, Jimmy Haslip, Steve Madaio, Nelson Rangell and more have played on his albums

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BIOGRAPHY

 
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With a career spanning over 20 years in music, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Steve Oliver is still being heard each day on contemporary jazz radio around the world. As a first-call producer and writer for many artists in the genre, his influence and impact continues to shine with his new, eleventh full-length album “Illuminate”. A follow up to 2016’s acclaimed all vocal project “Pictures & Frames” (recorded with the legendary Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Leland Sklar on bass at the famed Capitol Studios in Hollywood), Illuminate is record deeply rooted in contemporary jazz guitar melodies and Steve's trademark wordless vocalese. The album shines a light upon Steve's highly successful career - one that has produced multiple #1 hits on the Billboard charts and countless radio staples over nearly two decades.

With Steve's instantly recognizable guitar lines and a list of guest artists that includes bass virtuoso Jimmy Haslip, the incredible Joel Taylor on drums, and sax luminary Nelson Rangell, Illuminate puts the spotlight back on one of the genre's most engaging performers and songwriters.

Having released eight studio albums, a live CD / DVD package and a “Best Of”, for Oliver, music is therapy and a welcomed diversion from the current world climate. With radio hits to his credit including “High Noon”, “Fun In The Sun”, and “Global Kiss”, today Oliver is just as comfortable being a creator, adviser, and mentor to others. A former touring member of veteran jazz group Acoustic Alchemy, Steve has also co-written and produced tracks with Grammy award winning pianist Omar Akram and many smooth jazz notables such as Brian Simpson, Paul Taylor and Tom Schuman. He’s also supported up-and-coming acts, co-writing and producing albums for Chase Huna, Billy Ray Sheppard, Vertice Williams, Wednesday Ball and Ray Anthony & Powerslyde.

 
 

THE MUSIC 

 

On Spotify? Check out this Spotify-curated playlist!

Or click below to hear some of Steve’s most beloved tunes.

 
 
 
There is a unique quality to Steve’s music that I truly enjoy.
— George Benson
 
 
 

THE LIVE EXPERIENCE

 

“Magic World” recorded at Pizza Express Jazz Club in London.

“High Noon” recorded live in Modesto, CA

"Feeling Good" recorded At Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

“Fun In The Sun” recorded live in Laguna Beach

 
 

 PAST PERFORMANCES

 

WITH OTHERS:

  • Toured as a member of Acoustic Alchemy

  • Opened for David Sanborn, Yellowjackets, Michael Franks, The Rippingtons and more

 

NOTABLE VENUES - SOLO OR WITH HIS BAND:

  • Playboy Jazz Festival

  • Seabreeze Jazz Festival

  • Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

  • Java Jazz Festival - Jakarta Indonesia

  • Grand Rapids Jazz Festival

  • San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival

  • Richmond Jazz Festival

  • Smooth Jazz Nights - Honolulu, HI

  • Pizza Express - London UK

  • St. James Live - Atlanta, GA

  • Scullers - Boston, MA

  • Spaghettini - Seal Beach, CA

  • Lyceum Theatre - San Diego, CA

  • Festival of Arts - Laguna Beach, CA

  • Saint Rocke - Hermosa Beach, CA

  • Bethesda Blues & Jazz - Bethesda, MD

 
 
 
This is Bobby McFerrin with a guitar strapped to him!
— ART GOOD, JAZZTRAX