JEFF STEINBERG BIO

After more than thirty-five years as a composer, arranger/orchestrator, pianist, producer and music educator, Jeff Steinberg's work continues to span the professional spectrum which includes spectacular Jazz, Big Band, and Orchestral recordings as well as original scores for advertising, television, and film.

Upon graduating from the Berklee School in 1969, he joined The Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Buddy DeFranco and toured the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Japan. Since then, he has worked with such luminaries as Maynard Ferguson, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Perry Como, and Michel Legrand, and produced and arranged music for the advertising campaigns of General Motors, McDonald’s, ALCOA, The Monsanto Company, TimeLife and others. He has arranged, conducted, and performed with and for The London Symphony, Scottish National Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestras of Nashville, Detroit and Tampa, as well as Randy Newman, Anne Murray, Art Garfunkel, Roberta Flack, Michael Feinstein, Olivia Newton-John, and Paul Anka.

His recent album of original material, Friends & Heroes, is a dedication to some of the jazz world's most influential musicians. His compositions are musical sketches of these icons – Horace Silver, Thad Jones, Michel Legrand, Henry Mancini among them – and feature some of the best players on the music scene today, most notably clarinet legend Buddy DeFranco, saxophonist Jeff Coffin (currently with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones), and bassist Jim Ferguson. Recorded live in the studio, the fresh attitude and creative solos make this popular collection a must for every traditional jazz lover.

His recent work with Village Square Music and Green Hill Productions has paired his arranging and orchestration prowess with jazz greats Beegie Adair, Lori Mechem, Jack Jezzro, and Denis Solee. As a featured pianist with his own ensemble on the Village Square label, his Jazz & Cocktails and Jazz Blends albums assemble a veritable who’s-who of Music City’s best players to present a collection of jazz standards which, like a smooth martini, are suitable for social gatherings and solitary enjoyment alike.

Steinberg currently serves as a frequent POPS Conductor for The Nashville Symphony and other orchestras with whom his productions of “Jazz At The Symphony” featuring the talents of Jeff Coffin, Denis Solee, Mark Douthit (The Other Three Tenors), Beegie Adair, Lori Mechem, Rod McGaha, Jay Patten, George Tidwell, Annie Sellick, Sandra Dudley and others have drawn critical acclaim and sell-out crowds.

As producer/arranger of the newly-released Brazilian Christmas album spotlighting pianist Lori Mechem and her sextet with orchestra, Jeff Steinberg continues to create high quality, listenable jazz for music lovers of all tastes and generations.

CREDITS

Radio & TV Commercials / Film / Stage:

General Motors

Chrysler/Plymouth

Ford Motor Company

The Bell System

B.F. Goodrich

Hiram Walker

Intelsat

FTD

McDonalds

Fisher Body

Stroh Breweries

Knight-Ridder Broadcasting

U.S. Postal Service

National Dairy Council

Pet, Inc

ALCOA

Blue Cross/Blue Shield

TimeLife, Inc

K-Mart

American Federal Bank

The Ford Foundation

Ford Motorcraft

Deere & Company

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Clark Equipment Company

Bonneville Power Administration

Northern Telecom

American Cancer Society

IBM

Smuckers

NAPA

The Sandy Corporation

McDonnell Douglas

Arranger/Producer for the Recordings of:

Johnnie Taylor (CBS)

Maynard Ferguson (CBS)

Count Basie (RCA)

Cut Glass (20th Century)

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. (ABC)

Leslie Uggams (Motown)

Composer/Arranger for:

Count Basie

Maynard Ferguson

Stan Kenton

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra

The Kansas City Symphony Orchestra

The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

The London Symphony Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Scottish National Orchestra

Accompanist / Arranger / Conductor for:

Edie Adams

Jim Varney

Kay Ballard

Diahann Carroll

Michel Legrand

Perry Como

Frank Gorshin

Milton Berle

Johnny Carson

Roger Williams

Bob Hope

Crystal Gayle

Tony Orlando

Robert Goulet

Jane Powell

Shari Lewis

Gary Morris

Rich Little

Gloria Loring

Phyllis Diller

The Statler Brothers Variety Show (TNN)

YesterYear (TNN)

Works Published by:

C.L. Barnhouse Company

William Allen Music

Theodore Presser Company

Concert Music Commissioned for Internationally-Known Saxophonist Donald Sinta:

“Diary of Changes” (1979)

“Tones” (1980)

Awards / Special Projects:

1976: Bicentennial Award – National Endowment for the Arts

1986: Composed Original Score for “Red Grooms: Sunflower in a Hothouse”

  • 1986 CINE Golden Eagle Winner
  • 1987 Academy Award Nominee

1987: Composed Original Score for “River of Power” (PBS Documentary)

  • 1987 CINE Golden Eagle Winner
  • 1987 CHRIS Winner (Columbus Film Festival)
  • 1988 STC Award Winner (Original Score)

1988: Composed Original Music for Pontiac (Industrial Presentation)

  • 1988 First Place Gold Award Winner (Best Industrial Score – New York Film & Television Festival)

1988: Composed and Adapted Score for “Encore on Woodward – Detroit’s Fox Theatre” (PBS Documentary Produced by Academy Award Winners Sue Marx & Pamela Conn and Narrated by Bob Hope)

1992: Scored Original Music for the United States Pavilion at EXPO’92 – Genoa, Italy

1993: Scored Original Music for TimeLife “Sword & Sorcery” Series

1996: Scored Music for The Smithsonian Institution 150th Anniversary Nationwide Tour

1997: Arranged & Orchestrated the Original Themes of Don Henley (The Eagles) and Sting for The London Philharmonic Orchestra Recording of “Music from Walden Woods”

1999: Composed, Arranged & Orchestrated Original Music for The London Symphony Orchestra Recording of “Arlington – The Sound of Honor Passing”

1993–Present:

Orchestrations for the New York production of “The Great Unknown” (Music & Lyrics by “Pump Boys and Dinettes” Composer Jim Wann–Book by “Big River” Author William Hauptman)

Arranged & Orchestrated numerous recordings (Victoria’s Secret, Zamfir, Vienna Boys Choir among others) for The London Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras

2001: Composed, Arranged and Produced “Friends & Heroes” An original jazz album featuring jazz legend Buddy DeFranco

Music director/producer/pianist for tenor Mike Eldred (“Les Miserables”, “For The Glory”, “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame”). In 2011, they co-produced and are currently appearing around the country with the symphony POPS presentation “The Very Best Of John Denver.”

2001–2005: POPS Conductor–Nashville Symphony Orchestra

2005: Composed, Orchestrated and Produced original score for “The Open Road” (PBS)

2010: Arranged and Conducted 6 Selections for “Bold As Brass” (CD and Performance at Royal Albert Hall for Sir Cliff Richard)

2011: Arranged and Orchestrated “Yesterday Once More–A Tribute to The Carpenters” A Symphony POPS Touring concert produced by Jim Brickman

2012: Composed, Orchestrated and Produced original score for “A Place Called Sunnylands” (The Annenberg Estate)

2015: Arranged and conducted horns and strings on Sturgill Simpson’s Atlantic Records release “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth”, winner of the 2017 GRAMMY for Best Country Album of the Year.