Steve Gregory

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Steve Gregory
Born 1945
London
Origin UK
Instruments Saxophone
Associated acts Dennis Bovell Dub Band, Linton Kwesi Johnson.

Steve Gregory (born 1945) is an English jazz saxophonist and composer. He plays tenor, alto, soprano and baritone saxophone as well as the flute.

Steve Gregory was born in London. At St. Paul's School he learned guitar and piano and played clarinet in the school orchestra. He turned down a place at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music to become a professional musician. Soon he was playing with The Alan Price Set and was in demand for session work, playing for people like Screaming Jay Hawkins, The Rolling Stones ("Honky Tonk Woman"), Fleetwood Mac and others. He also played with Georgie Fame and Geno Washington.

Gregory began to branch out, continuing to play with Georgie Fame but also recording and playing with bands like Ginger Baker's Air Force, Gonzalez, Linda Lewis, Boney M and Rocky Sharpe and The Replays. He also spent some time in Nigeria, playing with Fela Kuti at his Afrika Shrine.

In the 1980s, Steve Gregory decided to go freelance. He took on television work and continued with session work. He played the saxophone line on George Michael’s hit "Careless Whisper",[1] and also worked with artists such as Bryn Haworth, Chris Rea, Alison Moyet, Freddie King, Maxi Priest, China Crisis, Queen (played solo on "One Year of Love") and Amazulu. He also was member of the 1983/84 world reunion tour of The Animals.

In the 1990s Steve played with Wet Wet Wet, Van Morrison, and then joined the Dennis Bovell Dub Band, touring around the world with Linton Kwesi Johnson. He released his first solo album, an acid/jazz/fusion set, Bushfire, on LKJ Records featuring Georgie Fame and John Deacon from Queen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ellis, Lucy & Sutherland, Bryony (1998) The Complete Guide to the Music of George Michael, Omnibus Press, ISBN 978-0-7119-6822-6, p. 25