Come Back to Me, from Stephen’s CD I Wish I’d Met You
A modern artist rooted firmly in the jazz tradition, Stephen revels in taking his co-musicians and his audiences on impulsive musical journeys, whether he’s working with a trio, a combo or a big band, or accompanying himself alone at the piano.
Like his musical heroes Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Carmen McRae and Betty Carter, Stephen is a singer who uses jazz improvisation to sell a song and tell a story. His influences as a musician run from the great jazz singers, to saxophonists Ben Webster and Charlie Parker, pianists Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris and the big bands of Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
As well as working with his trio and quartet, Stephen is also an accomplished big band arranger, and the 17 piece Stephen Duffy Big Band emulates the sound and precision of the great bands, particularly the sounds of Count Basie and Ted Heath.
The list of great artists he has worked with are a who’s-who of jazz and include: Tommy Smith and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, the BBC Big Band, the RAF Squadronaires, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (of Great Britain), Tommy Sampson and his Orchestra, Claire Martin, Ian Shaw, Lianne Carroll, Lea Delaria Fionna Duncan, Warren Vaché, Richard Michael, Brian Kellock, Martin Taylor Sandy Taylor, John Colliani and many more…
Stephen has also proved a highly adept trainer of budding jazz singers of all ages, with students now in the ranks of the SYJO, NYJOS and on the Jazz Vocal Course of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He runs the vocal programme of the Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra and is the guest music director of the Edinburgh Colleges Big Band.
Stephen also has a great deal of experience in providing music for corporate entertainment and functions of all kinds. Click here for more details.
And you can check out Stephen’s Soundcloud channel here