Steve Ash

Steve Ash

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66 age

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March 1, 1957 Birthday

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Birthplace

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Steve Ash is a renowned jazz pianist and composer who has been active in the New York music scene for four decades. Upon his arrival in New York City in the 1980s, he established himself as a respected sideman and bandleader. Over the years, he has collaborated with a variety of notable musicians including Frank Wess, Jon Hendricks, Kurt Elling, Eddie Harris, Warren Vache, Harry Allen, Joe Magnarelli, Annie Ross, Mel Lewis and Vernell Fournier. In 2004, Ash was selected by The Kennedy Center and The U.S. State Department to tour West Africa and France as part of the Jazz Ambassadors program. In 2014, he released "Once I loved," an album featuring a piano trio with Neal Miner and Pete Van Nostrand.


Steve Ash accompanied Claire Danes singing "Time After Time" in the 2007 movie "Evening." In 2012 Steve Ash appeared at The New Mexico Jazz Festival with Jon Hendricks. Steve Ash teaches a keyboard class for public school students in the Bronx.

Early Life

Steve Ash, born in 1957 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, developed an interest in music from a young age. At the age of 8, he started studying classical piano and in his teenage years, his passion for prog rock grew. However, it was after listening to Chick Corea's iconic jazz/fusion album, "Light as a Feather" that Ash decided to pursue a career in jazz. He went on to attend Indiana University Bloomington, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano in 1980. After graduation, Ash moved to New York City and began participating in jam sessions and working as a freelance musician.