Lanny Steele

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Robert L. Steele ("Lanny") (b Dec 30, 1933; d Oct 21, 1994) was an American jazz pianist, music educator, composer,[1] and jazz festival promoter. Steele founded the Texas Southern University Jazz Ensemble.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Steele was pianist for the late Arnett Cobb. He taught music at Texas Southern University, where he created the TSU Jazz Ensemble. He also founded the Juneteenth Blues Festival (Houston), a musical commemoration of the liberation of Texas' African-Americans from slavery presented. He also was an organizer of the Houston Jazz Festival and cofounder of SUMArts.[3]



  1. ^ Contemporary American Composers, A biographical dictionary, First edition. Compiled by E. Ruth Anderson. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co. (1976)
  2. ^ Jack Bowers, All About Jazz, Dec 5, 2009
  3. ^ Jim Sherman, ‘’Goodbye to Lanny Steele’’ Houston Press, Oct 22, 1994