His quartet is regularly featured on the Late, Late show at Ronnie Scott's and as a result he has recently attracted compliments for his playing from the likes of Benny Green, Joe Locke, Jason Marsalis, Harold Mabern and Eric Alexander, has studied with Mike LeDonne and had the good fortune to sit in with both Benny Green and Wynton Marsalis.
His quartet have been playing together regularly for the past few years, developing a close and exciting musical rapport based around a shared passion for swinging bebop, hardbop and mainstream jazz. Their repertoire is loosely based on the pad that Milt Jackson was touring with during the '90s and includes Cedar Walton and Mike LeDonne tunes, with a fair sprinkling of the quartet’s own arrangements of standards and blues.
7/3/16 I’m excited to announce that I’m taking over Jim Hart’s position in the very popular MJQ band, MJQ Celebration, and also the running of the band. Stay tuned for more information!
20/10/15 I’m running a jazz festival, above, in November! Featuring some of the greats of the music in this country - Leon Greening, Steve Fishwick, Osian Roberts, Colin Oxley, Mark Crooks, Rob Barron, Steve Brown, Adam King, Allison Neale and many others besides! The festival has also been previewed in Jazz Journal. Go to the official BopFest website to read about the gigs and book tickets.
10/8/15 I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve just confirmed the booking of 3 gigs with the great Canadian tenor saxophonist David Rubel in London at the beginning of September. See the gig list for details!
15/6/15 I’ve removed some older gigs from the column on the right and added some new ones, but just want to say how well the tour & CD recording in Canada went in March, and the masterclass that I gave at the University of Toronto which went down very well with the music students. I’m looking forward to the next trip!
14/2/15 In the Observer’s review of Allison Neale’s new CD - out on Trio Records already a big hit in Japan apparently! - I was mentioned by Dave Gelly as “a remarkable young vibraphonist in the Milt Jackson tradition.” The whole album got a fantastic writeup - read the whole review here. I guest on a few tracks on the CD, which sounds fantastic and was recorded in the old fashioned analogue direct-to-tape method without any edits or digital fixes! It features the fantastic band of Allison Neale, Leon Greening, Julian Bury and Steve Brown.
I’m also on the latest CD by the great clarinettist Pete Neighbour, “Back In The Neighbourhood”, featuring the all-star band of Pete, Jim Mullen, David Newton, Andy Cleyndert, Tom Gordon, Louise Cookman and myself. It’s hot off the CD press and will shortly be available on Amazon.
I was also lucky enough to be asked recently to guest on the great guitarist Hugh Turner’s CD “Colour Schemes”, featuring many of his original compositions, which is now available through his website.
December 21 2015
11pm Nat Steele Quintet
Colin Oxley, guitar; Leon Greening, piano; Adam King, double bass; Matt Home, drums. Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Frith St, Soho, London. £10, free to MU members.
January 24 2016
8pm Harry Sankey Quartet
Harry Sankey, guitar; Nat Steele, vibes; drums & bass tbc. Royal Albert, Deptford. Free entry.
9pm David Newton Trio
David Newton, piano; Nat Steele, vibes; Luke Steele, bass. Future Inns Jazz Club, Bristol. Free entry (suggested donation).
9pm David Newton Trio
David Newton, piano; Nat Steele, vibes; Luke Steele, bass. Bristol Fringe Jazz, The Fringe, Princes Victoria St, Bristol.
1pm Leon Greening Quartet
Leon Greening, piano; Nat Steele, vibes; Adam King, double bass; Steve Brown, drums. The Eagle Tavern, Rochester. Free entry.
11pm Matt Home Quartet
Matt Home, drums; Nat Steele, vibes; Jeremy Brown, double bass; Colin Oxley, guitar. Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, 47 Frith St, Soho, London. £10 entry, free to MU.
8.30 pm Neale Meets Steele! Quintet
Allison Neale, alto sax; Nat Steele, vibraphone; Rob Barron, piano; Dario Di Lecce, double bass; Matt Home, drums. 606 Club, Lots Road, Chelsea, London.
7.30 pm Neale Meets Steele! Quintet
Allison Neale, alto sax; Nat Steele, vibraphone; Rob Barron, piano; Dario Di Lecce, double bass; Matt Home, drums. Herts Jazz, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City.
11pm Nat Steele Quartet
Nat Steele, vibes; Gabriel Latchin, piano; Luke Steele, double bass; Steve Brown, drums. Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, 47 Frith St, Soho, London. £10 entry, free to MU. I’m hosting the Late Show after Steve Nelson - Steve is using my vibraphone on his gig before me!
6pm Rob Barron Quartet
Rob Barron, piano; Nat Steele, vibes; Jeremy Brown, double bass; Rick Finlay, drums. Chandos Arms, Colindale, London. Free entry.
2pm Guest with the Pete Pete Champan Trio
Nat Steele, vibes; Kate Williams, piano; Pete Champan, double bass; Les Circle, drums. Princess of Wales pub, Primrose Hill, London. Free entry.
8.00pm Pete Neighbour Quintet
Pete Neighbour, clarinet; Nat Steele, vibes; David Newton, piano; Steve Brown, drums; Dave Green, double bass. Belvedere Jazz & Music Club, The Chichester Suite, Old London Road, Rawreth, Nr Wickford, SS11 8UE. Tel: 07850 607075
8pm guest at Cheltenham Jazz Club
Nat Steele, vibes; David Newton, piano; drums & bass TBA, The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham GL50 2SY
8pm guest with the Colin Peters Quartet
Nat Steele, vibes. Googlies Supper Club, Botany Bay Cricket Club, East Lodge Lane, Enfield, EN2 8AS. £7/10.
8pm Grant Stewart/Ofer Landesberg Quartet
Grant Stewart, tenor; Ofer Landesberg, guitar; Dominic Howells, double bass; Nat Steele, drums. The Mitre, Lancaster Gate, London. Free entry.
Neale Meets Steele!
Allison Neale, alto sax; Nat Steele, vibes; Leon Greening, piano; Dario Di Lecce, double bass; Steve Brown, drums. Portsmouth Jazz Society, Executive Suite, The Inn Lodge, Burrfields Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5HH £15/13
8.30pm Neale Meets Steele!
Allison Neale, alto sax; Nat Steele, vibes; Leon Greening, piano; Dario Di Lecce, double bass; Steve Brown, drums. Sheffield Jazz Club, Millennium Hall, Sheffield. £14/11/7
8.30pm MJQ Celebration
Nat Steele, vibes; Gabriel Latchin, piano; Matt Ridley, bass; Steve Brown, drums. This is a new project for me, taking over from Jim Hart in this very successful and popular MJQ band. We’ll be playing a lot of the classic repertoire in a very authentic way. Bexley Jazz, King’s Head, Bexley Village. £12
time TBA Julian Mark Stringle Trio
Julian Mark Stringle, clarinet. Dave Newton, piano. Nat Steele, drums. A faithful recreation of the Benny Goodman Trio! Venue TBA.