Steve Fishwick

Principal Lecturer: Jazz

Steve Fishwick


Job title: Principal Lecturer

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Jazz)

Specialisms: Jazz trumpet

Steve Fishwick is widely considered to be one of the best jazz trumpet players ever to come from the UK, and is rapidly gaining a global reputation thanks to his flawless technique, and his beautifully flowing, harmonically rich improvisations.

He is one of an increasing number of trumpeters who have been heavily influenced by the melodic approach of the late great Kenny Dorham, a figure often overlooked (and undeservedly so) in the pantheon of Jazz Trumpet Legends. As well as "K.D.", Steve cites Art Farmer, Miles Davis and Woody Shaw among his favourite players, but his style is very much his own.

He has worked with jazz artists including Anita O' Day, Ron Carter, Dick Oattes, Peter Erskine, Tim Levebvre, Eric Harland, Cedar Walton, Jimmy Heath, Scott Hamilton, Lew Soloff, John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King, Mike Carr.

Trumpet great Wynton Marsalis recently said about him "Steve has his own style. He plays from the bottom to the top of the horn whilst maintaining the integrity of the chords. I can't think of another trumpet player that can do what he does."

Legendary Jazz critic Ira Gitler had this to say: "My question is where has Fishwick been hiding? Hip middle register melodious bebop, but when Steve lights his wick he becomes a flying fish, soaring above the waves, totally in control!"

On the more commercial side of music he has performed with such stars as Kylie Minogue, Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum and he can be heard playing the jazz trumpet solos on the soundtrack to the British movie release Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll (starring Andy Serkis of 'Gollum' fame). He has released six CDs on the Hard Bop Records label and has performed all over Europe (France, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Estonia, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Spain and Ireland) and in New York on numerous occasions.

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