Steve is one of the top British jazz trumpet players both at home and on the international scene. He began his career while studying at Trinity College Of Music, and since then has worked regularly on the British and European jazz scene.
Steve has recorded many critically acclaimed CDs under his own name;
Steve has worked with John Surman’s Brass Project recording a CD on the ECM label
Steve has toured Europe playing at many of the major Jazz Festivals with the Carla Bley Big Band and recorded two CDs for the ECM label;
Other performers that Steve has regularly worked and recorded with include;
As a composer Steve has had a number of commissions ranging from small group to big band. These include compositions for;
In December 2002 Steve and Baritone Sax player George Haslam were invited to perform at the Havana Jazz Festival as guests of Chucho Valdes with a Cuban big band – the band, with up to 25 members, fronted by Bobby Carcassés with many of the greatest Cuban jazz musicians, played 3 concerts in Havana and Santa Clara; the programme included Waterman directing his ‘Concerto for Congas’ and works by Cuban Jazz composer Jorge Triana Hdz.
Steve is also professor of Jazz Trumpet at Trinity College of Music in London and visiting Jazz Trumpet specialist at The Royal Northern College Of Music and The Welsh College Of Music And Drama. Steve runs his own Annual Contemporary Big Band Jazz Weekend with Alan Barnes, and also teaches on many summer jazz courses and has conducted numerous Trumpet master classes and workshops ranging in size from small groups to big bands throughout the UK and in Spain, Finland, Latvia, South Africa and Cuba.
Steve has won numerous jazz awards over the years, and was again this year placed in the BBC British Jazz Awards once again.