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.
At the age of sixteen, Steve started playing the double bass, taking lessons from the principal bassist in the Omaha Symphony, Bill Ritchie. After one year of lessons 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 and earned a BSE in Music Education.
While at the University of Nebraska, Steve played gigs on the local jazz scene in both Omaha and Lincoln and he was the featured pianist at the Lincoln Hilton Hotel. He also played in a local area rock band and worked the occasional service for the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and Lincoln Chamber Orchestra.
Throughout high school and college he was honored to receive numerous accolades and awards for his musicianship, including a scholarship for study with John Clayton and Charlie Haden from the 1990 Milt Hinton Scholarship Fund Competition sponsored by the International Society of Bassists.
In 1990, Steve made the move to New York 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 musicians streaming in from Berkley College of Music, New England Conservatory, North Texas State and from around the world.
Throughout the 90’s while still living in Brooklyn, Steve taught music at the American Institute of Guitar, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and kept very busy with gigs on the New York scene.
Steve attended the Banff Centre of the Arts where he participated in workshops and performed with Jim Hall, Robin Eubanks, John Clayton, Kenny Wheeler and Richard Muhal Abrams. Here he forged long lasting relationships with musicians he would later tour and record with througout Europe, including, German vibraphonist, Christoph Eidens.
He participated 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.
Steve is the house bassist at Birdland Jazz Club in New York 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, Christine Lavin, Jeff Daniels, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Jon Weber, Pekka Pylkkanen, Stacy Sullivan, KT Sullivan, Marilyn Maye, James Williams, Gene Bertoncini, Jim Caruso, Steve Cardenas, Karen Oberlin, Megan Hilty, Bucky Pizzarrelli, Bruce Barth, Lari White, Jeff McErlain, Akira Tana, Rigmor Gustafsson, Christine Lavin, Karen Oberlin, Linda Lavin, Pete McCann, Montego Glover, Christoph Eidens, Kate McGarry and many others.
Steve has also 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. He 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.
Steve 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 Chesapeake Youth 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 composed and performed music for the following silent films with his group(s): Un Chien Andalou, Phantom of the Opera and ‘Le Menilmontant’. He curated a successful concert series called ‘Concerts for the Courageous’ at 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.
In addition to Steve's prodigious double bass work, Steve continues to perform as a pianist-vocalist. In 2017, he was the featured piano entertainer for an exclusive Crystal Cruises, round-the-world cruise where he entertained nightly for very appreciative audiences. His frequent performances in the New York area include solo piano the Grand Hilton, the Plaza Hotel and the Waldorf Astoria at the famed Cole Porter piano. He also performs for many exclusive private events for the Hank Lane Agency.
Steve Doyle has two CD releases to date: ‘Presence’, which features Chris Potter, Dave Stryker and Tony Moreno and ‘Home to You’ with bandmates Pete McCann, Chris Higgins, Quinsin Natchoff and Greg Ritchie.
Steve currently resides in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC where he gigs, records, composes, arranges, teaches both Skype 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)