Jeremy Steig

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Jeremy Steig
Born (1942-09-23)September 23, 1942
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Died April 13, 2016(2016-04-13) (aged 73)
Yokohama, Japan
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Flute
Years active 1963–2016

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 himself worked as an artist and graphic designer.[citation needed]

At age 19 Steig was involved in a motorcycle accident which left him paralyzed on one side. For some years afterward, he played the flute with the help of a special mouthpiece.[citation needed]

After a start in mainstream jazz, with albums with Bill Evans and Denny Zeitlin, Steig became an early force in the jazz-rock fusion experiments of the late 1960s and early 70s, including the short lived band Jeremy and the Satyrs, featuring Warren Bernhardt, Eddie Gómez and Adrian Guillary. Steig's album Energy, later re-released with additional material under different titles, featured keyboard player Jan Hammer and bassist Eddie Gómez, and was recorded at Electric Lady Studios under the hand of sometime Jimi Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer. Additionally, Steig played flute on the seminal Peter Walker record "Rainy Day Raga", providing an atmospheric color essential to the records fusion of Eastern Indian and Americana Folk traditions.[citation needed]

Steig addressed the tonal color restrictions of the instrument by the use of "modern" acoustic techniques (voice multiphonics and overtones similar to Rahsaan Roland Kirk, key percussion) electronic effects, and by using the entire battery of flute-family instruments, from piccolo to bass flute (including the obscure Sousa-era alto piccolo), often over-dubbed and multi-tracked together.[citation needed]

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 played with the Plastic Ono Band[citation needed]

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]

He lived in Japan with his wife Asako. He died in Yokohama from cancer on April 13, 2016.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • 1963: Flute Fever (Columbia with Denny Zeitlin)
  • 1968: Jeremy & The Satyrs (Reprise/Warner Bros)
  • 1969: What’s New (Verve; with Bill Evans Trio)
  • 1969: Jazz Wave, Ltd. - On Tour [live] (Blue Note; various artists) 2LP
  • 1969: This Is Jeremy Steig (Solid State)
  • 1970: Legwork (Solid State)
  • 1970: Wayfaring Stranger (Blue Note)
  • 1970: Energy (Capitol; with Jan Hammer, Eddie Gómez, Gene Perla, Don Alias) note: re-released wholly or partially on CD as Fusion and Something Else, with different combinations of extra tracks.
  • 1971: An Open Heart - Warriors Of The Rainbow (Akashic Records; with Fantazzi & Friends) note: a limited edition-private pressing release.
  • 1971: Portrait (United Artists) 2LP compilation of albums: This Is Jeremy Steig, Legwork and Wayfaring Stranger.
  • 1972: Fusion (Groove Merchant) 2LP; reissue of Energy, with 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)
  • 1974: Monium (Columbia)
  • 1975: Temple Of Birth (Columbia)
  • 1976: Leaving (Trio Records [Japanese import]; later issued on Storyville; with Richard Beirach)
  • 1976: Outlaws [live] (Inner City; later issued on Enja; with Eddie Gómez)
  • 1977: Firefly (CTI)
  • 1978: Lend Me Your Ears (CMP; with Eddie Gómez, Joe Chambers)
  • 1979: Music For Flute & Double-Bass (CMP; with Eddie Gómez)
  • 1980: Rain Forest (CMP; with Eddie Gómez)
  • 1987: Something Else (Denon [Japanese import]) CD reissue of Energy, with extra tracks.
  • 1992: Jigsaw (Triloka)
  • 2002: What's New at F (Tokuma [Japanese import]; with Eddie Gómez Quartet)
  • 2003: Jam (Steig-Gomez Records; with Eddie Gómez)
  • 2004: Improvised (Moonbeams Records)
  • 2005: Flute On The Edge (Steig Music Company)
  • 2007: Pterodactyl (Steig Music Company)
  • 2008: Howlin' For Judy (Blue Note; "Rare Grooves" series) CD compilation of 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 Idris Muhammad

With Lalo Schifrin

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)


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