Steven Feifke

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Born (1991-06-21) June 21, 1991 (age 32)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Pianist
  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Orchestrator
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CitizenshipUnited States of America

Steven Feifke (born June 21, 1991) is an American jazz pianist, composer, orchestrator, and arranger.[1][2]

Early life

Raised in Lexington, Massachusetts, Steven started playing piano from a young age. As an adolescent, he attended Lexington High School and the New England Conservatory of Music after-school program.[1] He attended NYU where he got a degree in Jazz Studies and Economics. After graduating, he stayed in New York to pursue a career in jazz.[1]

Musical career

Steven has twice been a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition, in 2011 and in 2018.[3][4] He also earned a Master of Music in Jazz Composition from the Manhattan School of Music in 2018.[5]

Steven has played with renowned acts such as Chad Lefkowitz Brown[6], Steve Tyrell[7], Santino Fontana[8], Randy Brecker[9], Benny Benack III, Bryan Carter, and Alexa Tarantino.

As a composer and orchestrator, he has written for artists such as Danny Janklow, Michael Dease, Ulysses Owens, Chris Norton, and Chad Lefkowitz-Brown.[10] He has, with his big band, collaborated with The Catskill Jazz Factory on numerous occasions: in 2015, on a grant from the 23 Arts Initiative, Feifke wrote an original arrangement of George Gershwin's 1924 Rhapsody in Blue for performance with his big band.[11] in 2019, he composed and orchestrated a new composition to be played at the New Generation Festival in Italy.[12]

As a teacher, Steven has taught as a resident at multiple institutions around the US. In 2017, he lectured on orchestration and harmony at Yale University[13], and developed a curriculum about civil rights in the US and its relationship with jazz pedagogy for Arts Mid-Hudson[14]; in 2019, he served as a Guest Artist in Residence at Moravian College[15]. He is additionally an instructor at the Rockport Jazz Workshop in Rockport, Massachusetts.[16]


As Leader

Album Artist Title Year Label
Steven Feifke Peace In Time 2015 Independent
Benny Benack III & Steven Feifke Season's Swingin' Greetings 2019 Ring Road Recordings[17]

As Sideman

Album Artist Title Year Label
Danny Janklow World's Collide 2019 Outside in Music[18]
Chad Lefkowitz-Brown and Sonic Magic Live at The Bridge 2019 Independent[19]
Chad Lefkowitz-Brown Standard Sessions 2018 Independent[20]
Andrew Gould First Things First 2018 Outside in Music[21]
Ulysses Owens Falling Forward 2017 Spice of Life Records[22]
Chad Lefkowitz-Brown Onward 2017 Independent[23]
Derek Ganong Of Lesser Parts 2013 Independent[24]

As Composer/Arranger/Orchestrator/Conductor

Album Artist Title Year Label Tracks
Andrew Gould First Things First 2018 Outside in Music[21] Composer on "The Golden Ratio"
Chris Norton Mr Chris Norton 2018 Unknown[25][26] Arranger on "Confessin'", "Just a Gigolo; Conductor on "On The Street Where You Live", "Kiss of Fire", "Confessin'", "Just a Gigolo", "Buona Sera"
Chad Lefkowitz-Brown Onward 2017 Independent[23] Arranger on "All of You", "Giant Steps", "Isn't She Lovely", "The Nearness of You"
Joe Benjamin and a Mighty Handful Swing Migration 2017 Independent[27] Arranger on "Lion In a Poke"

In the media



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Correspondent, Grace Griffin Globe; February 4, Updated; 2020; Comments, 4:09 p m Email to a Friend Share on Facebook Share on TwitterPrint this Article View. "A hometown tradition as jazz pianist Steven Feifke returns to Regattabar for 11th year - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 2020-04-21. {{cite web}}: |first4= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. Magazine, JAZZIZ (2015-07-08). "Steven Feifke". JAZZIZ Magazine. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  3. ""Season's Swingin' Greetings!" Benny Benack III with Steven Feifke Big Band - Tickets - Birdland Jazz Club - New York, NY - December 8th, 2019". Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  4. Staff, James H. Burnett III Globe; September 9; 2011; Comments, 1:26 p m Email to a Friend Share on Facebook Share on TwitterPrint this Article View. "Hitting all the key notes - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 2020-04-21. {{cite web}}: |first4= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. "Alumni: Alumni News". Manhattan School of Music. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  6. "The Chad Lefkowitz-Brown Quartet at the Underbrook – Yale Undergraduate Jazz Collective". Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  7. "Steve Tyrell Back to Cafe Carlyle for 15th Holiday Season". 4 December 2019. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  8. Vegas, Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center 361 Symphony Park Avenue Las; NV. "Santino Fontana with Bryan Carter, Steven Feifke, and Charlie Rosen". Nevada Public Radio. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  9. "Randy Brecker & The Chad LB Quartet – Litchfield Jazz Festival". Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  10. Forster, Chris (2018-11-22). "Materializing Ulysses". Oxford Scholarship Online. doi:10.1093/oso/9780190840860.003.0007.
  11. "Standards Old, New & Blue with the Steven Feifke Big Band". 23Arts. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  12. "CJF in Europe: New Generation Festival @ Palazzo Corsini, Florence". CATSKILL JAZZ FACTORY. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  13. "The Steven Feifke Trio at the Underbrook – Yale Undergraduate Jazz Collective". Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  14. "Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra". shautjazz. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  15. Furst, Kaitlyn. "Ten Questions for Jazz Artist Steven Feifke". The Comenian. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  16. Blagg, Chris. "Rockport Music – Jazz Workshop Faculty". Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  17. Track, Inside. "Season's Swingin' Greetings". JAZZIZ Magazine. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  18. "Danny Janklow | Worlds Collide". Outside in Music. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  19. "Chad LB & Sonic Magic - Live at The Bridge". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  20. Unknown (2018-10-16). "Republic of Jazz: Chad Lefkowitz-Brown - Standard Sessions (SOUND FRAME RECORDS 2018)". Republic of Jazz. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Jazz, All About. "Andrew Gould: First Things First album review @ All About Jazz". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  22. "Ulysses Owens Jr.'s New Album "Falling Forward" | News | Regal Tip". Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  23. 23.0 23.1 "CHAD LEFKOWITZ-BROWN - Onward". Jazz Views. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  24. "Of Lesser Parts, by Derek Ganong". Derek Ganong. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  25. "Mr Chris Norton". Bryan Davis. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  26. "Frank Basile Discography". Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  27. "Swing Migration, by Joe Benjamin & A Mighty Handful". Joe Benjamin & A Mighty Handful. Retrieved 2020-04-24.

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