Steve Doyle started off playing the Hammond organ at an early age and continued throughout his childhood before switching to bass in his mid-teens.
In 1981, at the age of sixteen, Steve began his double bass studies with the principal bassist in the Omaha Symphony, Bill Ritchie. One short year later he was selected to perform with the Nebraska All-State Orchestra. Two years later, he received a full tuition scholarship from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he studied with master bassist Rusty White.
During his college years, Steve was busy putting his talents to good use. He played gigs on the local jazz scene in both Omaha and Lincoln, was the featured pianist at the Lincoln Hilton Hotel, he played for a local rock band and he would work the occasional service for the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and Lincoln Chamber Orchestra.
Steve Doyle has received numerous accolades and
awards for his musicianship. Among which was a selection to participate in the 1990 Milt Hinton Scholarship Fund Competition sponsored by the International Society of Bassists where he performed alongside the late great James Williams and Akira Tana.
1990 was also the year that he moved from Nebraska to the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn where began ‘sessioning’ with some of the finest young jazz musicians of his generation. Park Slope was a hotbed for crème of the crop young hot shot musicians streaming in from Berkley College of Music, New England Conservatory, North Texas State and top musicians from around the world. The learning experience proved to be invaluable.
Throughout the 90’s while still living in Brooklyn, Steve taught music at the American Institute of Guitar and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
In 1994, Steve attended the Banff Centre of the Arts where he participated in workshops and had the opportunity to perform with Jim Hall, Robin Eubanks, John Clayton, Kenny Wheeler and Richard Muhal Abrams and he forged long lasting relationships with musicians he would later tour and record with. One such artist was German vibraphonist, Christoph Eidens whom invited Steve to tour with his band on several occasions throughout Germany and Belgium.
Steve was invited to participate as a semi-finalist in the 1995 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and was invited to attend a reception at the residence of then Vice President Al Gore.
For the past 15 years, every Monday night, Steve Doyle has been the house bassist at Birdland for Jim Caruso’s Cast Party featuring Billy Stritch and drummer Daniel Glass. Jim, Billy and Steve also play trio at the Carlyle Hotel in New York at Bemelman’s Bar on Sunday nights.
He has recorded and/or performed with the following artists: Tony Desare, Billy Stritch, Christine Ebersole, Natalie Cole, Ben Monder, Anne Hampton Calloway, Dave Stryker, Steve Slagle, James Williams, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Jon Weber, Pekka Pylkkanen, Stacy Sullivan, KT Sullivan, Marilyn Maye, Jim Caruso, Steve Cardenas, Karen Oberlin, Megan Hilty, Bucky Pizzarrelli, Bruce Barth, Jeff McErlain, Rigmor Gustafsson, Christine Lavin, Linda Lavin, Pete McCann, Montego Glover, Kate McGarry and many others.
Steve has performed at many prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Blue Note (in both New York & Tokyo), NJPAC, Carlyle Hotel, Zinc Bar, Smalls, 55 Bar, Knitting Factory, 54 Below, Cornelia St. Café, Lincoln Center and the list goes on. Steve has performed with his own groups and as a sideman at jazz festivals in the US and abroad including the Jazz Festival Santiago, San Javier Jazz Fest, Vail Jazz Fest, Jazz in the Park in Kansas City, KS and many others.
He has been fortunate to perform with many pops orchestras around the US including the Houston Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, Oklahoma City Symphony, the National Symphony, the Rochester Symphony, the Portland Symphony, Saratoga Springs Symphony, the Detroit Symphony the Baltimore Symphony and the Sun Valley Symphony.
Steve has thrown his hat into the ring as a leader with his two CD releases: ‘Presence’, which features Chris Potter, Dave Stryker and Tony Moreno and ‘Home to You’ featuring bandmates Pete McCann, Chris Higgins, Quinsin Natchoff and Greg Ritchie.
Steve has written and performed music for the following silent films: Un Chien Andalou, Phantom of the Opera and ‘Le Menilmontant’. He curated a successful concert series dubbed ‘Concerts for the Courageous’ where he provided a conduit for introduction of New York's downtown jazz scene to ‘Feral Art’, a Brooklyn based performance space. He has been invited to record on over 25 different CD projects and continues to be sought after as a recording artist on both double bass and electric bass.
The double bass is far and away his instrument of choice but he continues to work as a pianist vocalist. In fact, in 2016, he was the featured piano bar entertainer for an exclusive round-the-world cruise where he entertained nightly to very appreciative audiences.
Steve currently resides in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC where he gigs, records, composes, arranges, teaches skype bass lessons and private lessons.
"One of the finest young bassists/composers I have had the opportunity of working with."
- Dave Stryker
"He proves himself a master in the invention of melodies and compilation of timbres. They give an idea of he vastness of the landscape of his native Nebraska."
- Herra Grohs Gechoff, Abendzeitung (Munich)