Jeremy Steig

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Jeremy Steig
Born(1942-09-23)September 23, 1942
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
DiedApril 13, 2016(2016-04-13) (aged 73)
Yokohama, Japan
Years active1963–2016

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]

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)".
  7. ^ 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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