Short bio:

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Nathaniel Steele is a jazz vibraphone player and drummer based in London. Since his arrival on the scene, he has quickly gained a reputation as a talented musician to watch out for, described by Clark Tracey as "one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced." Principally self-taught, and following in the style of Milt Jackson and Cal Tjader, Nat takes a two mallet approach to improvisation, focusing on melodic interpretation and a great swing feel.

His “Nat Steele Quartet” is regularly featured at 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.

In September 2017 he launched his debut album, “Portrait of the Modern Jazz Quartet” on Trio Records, with the launch held at Ronnie Scott’s.

He’s travelled around the UK playing with his group, and alongside high-profile UK players such as Pete Long, Georgina Jackson, Allison Neale and others. He recently completed a tour of Eastern Canada, performing in Ottawa, Montreal and 3 nights at the great Jazz Bistro (formerly Top ‘o The Senator) in Toronto, as well as giving a very well received masterclass to undergraduate jazz students at the University of Toronto.

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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.