September 14, 1950 |
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
|Labels||Owl, Motéma, Summit|
|Associated acts||Rufus Reid, Out Front Trio, AHA Trio|
Steve Allee is an American jazz musician and composer.
Allee attended Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was in a band during the early 1970s called the Baron Von Ohlen Quartet which self-released an album of the same name. By age 19, Allee was touring with the Buddy Rich Orchestra.
Allee's big band album, Downtown Blues, was nominated for a Grammy Award and featured bassist John Clayton and drummer John Von Ohlen. Allee's first national solo record achieved a position of 14 on the Gavin national radio poll.
Allee has collaborated with many well known jazz musicians, including Slide Hampton, James Moody, Rufus Reid, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Curtis Fuller, Jeff Hamilton, Tim Hagans, John Riley, Ira Sullivan, Ed Thigpen, Eddie Vinson, Milt Hinton, and Bobby Shew.
Allee's accomplishments include a commission to write a four-movement work for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and composing the score for the film New York in the Fifties, based on a book of the same name by Dan Wakefield. The score was performed live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in[Switzerland. Allee composed the soundtrack for Something to Cheer About, the film of the 1954–55 Crispus Attucks basketball team, starring Oscar Robertson. Allee has written music for television shows, including Chicago Hope, Friends, NYPD Blue, Mad About You, Martha Stewart Show, Nash Bridges, Touched by an Angel, and Dharma and Greg. He is the music director for the nationally syndicated radio show The Bob and Tom Show  He also leads his own big band and trio.
Allee signed with Indianapolis jazz label Owl Studios in 2006 and has released two records on the label, Colors in 2007 and Dragonfly in 2008. Both albums were released under the Steve Allee Trio moniker and include bassist Bill Moring and drummer Tim Horner.
- The Magic Hour (Noteworthy, 1995)
- Downtown Blues (1999)
- New York in the 50's (2001)
- Mirage (2003)
- Colors (Owl, 2007)
- Dragonfly (Owl, 2008)
- Rufus Reid 'Out Front' Trio Motema 2009