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Nat Steele is a jazz vibraphone player based in London. Since his arrival on the scene 10 years ago, he has gained a reputation as a formidable player on the vibraphone, described by Clark Tracey as "one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced." Principally self-taught, Nat is strongly influenced in his technique and stylistic approach by Milt Jackson, although his influences also include other musicians such as Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt and Victor Feldman, among others.

He's regularly featured as a performer at Ronnie Scott's and as a result he has 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. In September 2017 he launched his debut album, “Portrait of the Modern Jazz Quartet” on Trio Records at Ronnie Scott’s. The album received rave reviews in the jazz press, and the subsequent UK launch tour lead to a live performance of the classic Prestige album "Sonny Rollins and the MJQ" with NYC saxophonist Grant Stewart at the 2018 London Jazz Festival, which was reviewed in Forbes Magazine as "easily one of top gigs of [the LJF]."

He’s travelled around the UK playing with his group, and alongside high-profile UK players such as Steve Fishwick, Alex Garnett, Sara Dowling, Steve Brown, Allison Neale and others. In 2015 he co-founded his own jazz festival with saxophonist Allison Neale, BopFest, as a way to feature more straight ahead jazz and bebop programming alongside the official London Jazz Festival. BopFest has subsequently grown into a large and successful annual festival in its own right, featuring artists from all over the UK, Europe and the USA.

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Coming from a musical family, it's hardly surprising that Nathaniel became a professional musician himself. Both his parents compose, play and teach music for a living and his older brother is a professional double bassist active on the London scene.

Born in 1985, he grew up in Oxford and Reading, his introduction to regular performance being as a chorister in New College Choir (he was on their CD Agnus Dei, which was one of the best selling classical albums at the time it was released). His first instrument was violin, which he studied as a child for about 8 years, and experimented with clarinet, piano, Javanese Gamelan, drums and Cuban percussion before finally settling on vibraphone and drums in his late teens. His interest in jazz was brought about through rifling through his father’s record collection as a child, and then later going to see American greats like Cedar Walton, James Moody, Monty Alexander, Joe Locke and so on performing at Ronnie Scott's while he was still only 13 or 14. He is largely self taught, learning directly from the masters on the records and other musicians on the scene, and he has attended masterclasses by Barry Harris, John Pattituci and Billy Cobham.
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As a drummer and vibes player he’s performed with most of the names on the London jazz scene, including on the opening gig of the London Jazz Festival with Pete King and Henry Armburg Jennings; Christian Brewer, Atila, Bobby Wellins, Steve Kaldestad, Nigel Price, Marie Murphy, Steve Fishwick, Alex Garnett, Matt Wates, Mike Gorman, Gareth Lockrane, Dave Cliff, Simon Woolf, John Pearce, Dave Newton, Gabriel Latchin, Josh Morrison, Tim Lapthorn, Clark Tracey, Matt Ridley, Sammy Mayne, Martin Hathaway, Ross Stanley, Mark Crooks, Olly Wilby, Geoff Gascoyne, Colin Oxley, Roger Beaujolais, Simon Thorpe, Richard Busceiwicz, Steve Brown, Matt Home, Leon Greening, Graham Harvey, Dave Warren, Alec Dankworth, Matt Skelton, Allison Neale, Gary Kavanagh, Dave Chamberlain, Julian Bury, and with visiting American artists Hod O'Brien, Greg Abate and Joyce Breach.