Jeremy Steig

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Jeremy Steig
Born(1942-09-23)September 23, 1942
New York City, U.S.
DiedApril 13, 2016(2016-04-13) (aged 73)
Yokohama, Japan
Instrument(s)Bass flute
Years active1963–2016
LabelsColumbia/CBS Records
Capitol/EMI Records
CTI Records
Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
Solid State Records

Jeremy Steig (September 23, 1942 – April 13, 2016)[1] was an American jazz flutist.[2]


Steig was born in Manhattan, the son of New Yorker cartoonist William Steig[3] and Elizabeth (Mead) Steig, head of the fine arts department at Lesley College. Steig was a maternal nephew of Margaret Mead and Leo Rosten,[4] and was also the cousin of Mary Catherine Bateson.[5]

Steig also composed the music for animated film adaptations of his father's books for Weston Woods, including The Amazing Bone, Brave Irene and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.

His song "Howlin' For Judy", from his 1970 album Legwork, was sampled in the Beastie Boys' 1994 single "Sure Shot", providing the main instrumental part of the song.[6]

Steig performed the role of "The Pied Piper", exclusively on flute, in the film Shrek Forever After, based on the character created by his father.[7][8]

He lived in Japan with his wife Asako. He died in Yokohama from cancer on April 13, 2016.[1] Four years after his death, Byroad Press published his memoir, Get Me Out of Here,[9] fulfilling his final wish. The book is illustrated with Jeremy's ink drawings and, at his request, contains three final chapters and an epilogue by Asako.


As leader[edit]

Compilations and other appearances[edit]

  • 1969: Jazz Wave, Ltd. - On Tour [live] (Blue Note) 2LP set; various artists
  • 1971: Portrait (United Artists) 2LP compilation of the albums: This Is Jeremy Steig, Legwork and Wayfaring Stranger.
  • 1972: Fusion (Groove Merchant) 2LP set; reissue of Energy, with a second album (=7 tracks) of previously unreleased material.
  • 1973: Mama Kuku [live] (MPS/BASF Records) with Association P.C.
  • 1974: Flute Summit - Jamming At Donaueschingen Music Festival (Atlantic) with James Moody, Sahib Shihab, Chris Hinze
  • 2008: Howlin' For Judy (Blue Note's "Rare Grooves" series) CD compilation of the albums: Legwork and Wayfaring Stranger.

As sideman[edit]

With Walter Bishop, Jr. Trio

With Tommy Bolin

  • From The Archives - Vol. 1 (Rhino Records, 1996) a collection of "grade-A" previously unreleased "rock-jazz-fusion" material.
  • From The Archives - Volume 2 (Zebra Records, 1998) another collection of previously unreleased material; even better than the first volume.

With Hank Crawford

With Art Farmer

With Urbie Green

With Mike Mainieri

With Idris Muhammad

With Lalo Schifrin

With Peter Walker

  • Rainy Day Raga (Vanguard, 1966)

With Johnny Winter

  • Still Alive and Well (Columbia, 1973)
  • Saints & Sinners (Columbia, 1974) note: Jeremy plays on "Dirty", a previously unreleased instrumental track recorded for but left-off the original album release; it is included on the CD reissue.

With Paul Winter Sextet

  • Jazz Meets The Folk Song (Columbia, 1964)

With Montreal

  • A Summer's Night (Stormy Forest, 1970)


  1. ^ a b Peter Keepnews, "Jeremy Steig, Flutist Who Bridged Jazz and Rock, Dies at 73", The New York Times, June 2, 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016
  2. ^ "Jeremy Steig - Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  3. ^ Wolff, Carlo (7 February 2014). "Jeremy Steig: Flute Fever (2013)". All About Jazz.
  4. ^ Banner, Lois W. (2010). Intertwined Lives: Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 9780307773401.
  5. ^ Brinthaupt, Thomas M.; Lipka, Richard P. (2002). Understanding Early Adolescent Self and Identity: Applications and Interventions. SUNY Press. ISBN 9780791453346.
  6. ^ "Beastie Boys: Sure Shot (1994)". 1994.
  7. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: EntertainmentHotline (16 May 2010). "Shrek Forever After Jeremy Steig - Pied Piper Flute Soloist". YouTube. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  8. ^ Keepnews, Peter (3 June 2016). "Jeremy Steig, Flutist Who Bridged Jazz and Rock, Dies at 73 (Published 2016)". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 26 July 2018.
  9. ^ Byroad Press, Yokohama, April 1, 2020

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