Steve Down

UK Session Guitarist, Composer and Teacher

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Steve Down is one of the finest UK session guitarists. His solid technique, distinct style and musicality translates to almost any genre from modern pop to contemporary jazz. He has worked with and alongside artists such as Jeff Beck, Beverley Knight, Nitin Sawhney Sandi Thom, Joss Stone, KT Tunstall, Neneh Cherry, Incognito, Mica Paris and on the BBC and Channel 4. His professionalism, image and technique have gained him a lot of high profile sessions.

As well as a performer Steve is also a professional tutor and holds positions at many music schools across the South West. For more info please go to

"You are awesome" - Joss Stone

"Steve is an awesome guitarist and a very talented musician" - Marco Migliari [Peter Gabriel, Real World Studios, Stereophonics]

"Steve is a well rounded and versatile player who sounds great in any style" - Matthew Scott [Channel 4, National Theatre]

Steve Down has been studying and performing music from a young age. After graduating from the University of Southampton in 2006 with a First Class Honors in Music he has lead a very successful session career having worked with the likes of Sandi Thom, Leigh Coleman, KT Tunstall, Joss Stone, Jonathan Joseph [Pat Metheny/Ricky Martin], Channel 4, Guy Pratt, The National Theatre, Matthew Scott [Anthony & The Johnsons/Land Girls], BBC, Real World Studios, Keith Emerson, KU records, Sony/BMG, Universal, Chiwawa Records and have performed in UK, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Other credits include: Marco Migliari [Peter Gabriel/Stereophonics], Finley Quaye, Incognito, Neneh Cherry, Neil Cowley, Breast Cancer Care LTD, Southampton University Jazz Orchestra and Turner Sims Concert Hall.

Aside from his session career he also runs a successful jazz trio, The Swiss, who have been together for 3 years and have just released a second album 'Russell's Teapot' to critical acclaim from Jazz UK, UK Jazz Now, Jazz Journal and more. They have appeared on Jazz FM website and joined Neil Cowley Trio on his UK 'Radio Silence' tour. They are currently planning a European tour and a new album due for release in 2012.

He is able to play many different genres including R 'n' B, funk, rock, blues, soul and pop. Steve Down is a committed, reliable and motivated musician and aims to become a top industry professional in his trade.

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