Steve Lyman

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Steve Lyman
Born (1982-01-22) January 22, 1982 (age 39)
OriginSalt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
GenresJazz, Electronica, Rock

Stephen Richard Lyman (born January 22, 1982) is an American jazz drummer, composer and educator.[1][2]


Early life[edit]

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Lyman was exposed to music at an early age by his father, a classical guitarist. Lyman began to play professionally while in high school and eventually studied music at the University of Utah. He relocated to New York City in 2005 to continue his education at the New School where he began to study with drummer Ari Hoenig, whom he cites a musical influence and mentor.[1][2]

Musical career[edit]

Lyman worked extensively with vocalist José James in the mid-2000s and recorded on James’ critically acclaimed album, The Dreamer.[3]

He released his debut album Revolver in 2013. The album featured his original work as a composer alongside pianist Julian Pollack, guitarist Kenji Aihara and bassist Chris Tordini.[1][4][5]

In early 2019, Lyman collaborated with saxophonist Chase Baird to compose, record and produce the electro-acoustic composition Pulsar, which showcased Lyman's integration complex rhythmic vocabulary with musical elements inspired by EDM and electronic music. The composition premiered via a promotional video for Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals as well as on the online drum education forum Drumeo.[6]

He has worked with artists including Aaron Parks, Gilad Hekselman, Nir Felder, Julian Pollack, Chase Baird, Bill McHenry, George Garzone, Ralph Alessi, Logan Richardson, Jaleel Shaw, Tyshawn Sorey, Dan Tepfer, Becca Stevens and Corey Christiansen, among others.[1][2][7][8][9]

Lyman professionally endorses for Craviotto Drum Company and Istanbul Agop Cymbals.[10][11]

As an educator[edit]

Lyman taught alongside drummer Billy Hart at Montclair State University in New Jersey in 2007. In 2013, he published his first book, A New Approach to Odd-Times for Drumset, through Mel Bay Publications.[12] He has served on the faculties of the University of Utah and Snow College and maintains an active online teaching studio.[1][13]


As leader[edit]

Title Year Label
Revolver 2013 Independent

As sideman[edit]

Album artist Title Year Label
Chase Baird (feat. Steve Lyman, J3PO & Dan Chmielinski) Pulsar 2020 Outside In Music
David Halliday Dreamsville 2012 Lone Peak[14]
Chase Baird Crosscurrent 2010 Junebeat[7][8][9]
Jose James The Dreamer 2008 Brownswood[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Steve Lyman". University of Utah. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Steve Lyman". Smalls Live. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  3. ^ a b May, Chris. "Jose James: The Dreamer". All About Jazz. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Steve Lyman: Revolver". All Music. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Lindsay, Bruce. "Steve Lyman: Revolver". Smalls Live. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Steve Lyman (July 9, 2019). Steve Lyman Pulsar Performance. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Lindsay, Bruce. "Chase Baird: Crosscurrent". All About Jazz. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Wiegand, David. "CD Review: Chase Baird, Crosscurrent". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Silsbee, Kirk (March 2011). "Chase Baird: Crossurrent". DownBeat. Elmhurst: Maher Publications: 67.
  10. ^ "Educational Endorsers". Craviotto Drums. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Artists". Istanbul Mehmet. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  12. ^ "Steve Lyman". Jazztimes. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  13. ^ "Horne School of Music Faculty". Snow College. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "David Halliday's "Dreamsville" reaches 3 million streams!". Lonepeak Sound. Retrieved August 1, 2018.

External links[edit]