A busy producer, composer, and session musician in New York City, Steve’s credits span many areas of the music & recording business -- including major jazz and pop artists, television, feature films, commercials, multimedia, and education. He has led multiple releases as a contemporary jazz vibraphonist.

Steve has recorded with artists such as Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Ornette Coleman, Pat Martino, Regina Belle, They Might Be Giants, Roberta Flack, and SpyroGyra. He appeared on Steely Dan’s Two Against Nature, which received 4 Grammy Awards including Album-of-the-Year. He also composes music for many television series, films, TV commercials and trailers, and is a long-time producer/arranger for the Walt Disney Company, with credits on an array of projects related to over forty feature film releases.

Steve grew up in Connecticut and was a member of an award-winning high school ensemble that produced many fine musicians (including pianist Brad Mehldau). As a teenager, he began studying with artists Bob Moses, Dave Samuels, and David Friedman. Shortly thereafter, he was fortunate to meet jazz icon Steve Swallow, who took him on as a young composition student. As an undergraduate at Yale University, Steve continued studies with composer Anthony Davis, who emphasized the work of Duke Ellington.

Steve has received awards from Berklee College of Music and IAJE, and has been featured and reviewed in magazines such as Mix, Downbeat, JazzTimes, The Village Voice, JazzEd, Video-Systems and Modern Drummer.

Steve Shapiro is a Yamaha performing artist, and plays Balter Signature mallets.



Sessions or Performances with:

Ornette Coleman, Steely Dan, SpyroGyra, Regina Belle, Phil Collins, Mervyn Warren, Whitney Houston, Michael Bolton, Roberta Flack, They Might Be Giants, Sophie B. Hawkins, Dr. Luke, Jimmy Heath, Ron Carter, Pat Martino, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Bill Cosby, Bucky Pizzarelli, T-Bone Wolk, Kenny Kirkland, Michael Brecker, Will Lee, Bob Mintzer, Curtis Fuller, Bill Pierce, David Spinozza, Marc Johnson, Lou Marini, Dave Valentin, Dave Samuels, Jon Faddis, Dennis Chambers, Randy Brecker, Tom Barney, Chris Potter, Kevin Hays, Andy Snitzer, Chris Botti, Mike Davis, Anthony Davis, Bob Moses, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Jason Miles, Elliot Randall, Lenny Pickett, Jim McNeely, Chuck Loeb, Alan Rubin, Steve Khan, Chris Walker, Shawn Pelton, Danny Gottlieb, Mark Egan, Jeff Mironov, Eric Weissberg, Clint deGanon, Aaron Heick, Ira Siegel, Jay Leonhart, John Putnam, Danny Wilensky, The Uptown Horns, Robbie Ameen, Milton Cardona, Lee Musiker, Lew Solof, Buddy Williams, Dave Tofani, Jim Hynes, Tim Ries, Bill O'Connell, Jeff Pevar, Sid Ramin, Ben Monder, Patty Smythe, Janice Pendarvis, Vaneese Thomas, Elaine Caswell, The Four Tops, Terry Clarke, Dave Mann, Ned Mann, Shane Keister, Leon Redbone, Jay Anderson, Chip Jackson, Anton Fig, Jeff Williams, Doug Weiss, Joel Rosenblatt, Mark Whitfield, Gil Parris, David Finck, David Hazeltine, Patrick Zimmerli, Matt King, Tony Kadleck, Scott Kreitzer, Ralph Shuckett, John Siegler, Jodie Foster, Adam Guettel, Lauren Kinhan, Dr. John, Mark Ferber, Mike Clark, David Torn, and others...


Steve Shapiro/Dave Anderson/Tyger MacNeal, Try the Veal, Solidtone

Steve Shapiro, Solomental, Solidtone Recordings

Steve Shapiro/Pat Bergeson, Backward Compatible, Apria Records

Steve Shapiro/Pat Bergeson, Low Standards, Sons of Sound

Steve Shapiro, Xylophobia, Curious/Sons of Sound

Steve Shapiro, Vibe Out, Solidtone Recordings


Steely Dan, Two Against Nature, Giant Records

SpyroGyra, Rites of Summer, MCA Records

Various Artists, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Walt Disney Records

Joe Pesci, Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings, Sony

Various Artists, Preacher's Wife Soundtrack, Walt Disney Records

Various Artists, Chicken Little Soundtrack, Walt Disney Records

Dave Samuels, Living Colors, MCA Records

Dave Valentin, MusicalPortraits, GRP Records

Regina Belle, Special Part of Me, CBS Records

Chris Walker, First Time, Pendulum/Elektra

Dave Valentin, Red Sun, GRP Records

Chris Walker, Sincerely Yours, Pendulum/Elektra

Kiku Collins, Here With Me, Innova

Mary Gatchell, Indigo Rose

Rebecca Sayre, New Girl

Marica Hiraga, Mona Lisa, 3D Japan

Pat Bergeson, Hippy Dance


Inside Out, Pixar

Monsters University, Pixar

Aladdin on Broadway

Planes, DisneyToons Studios

Cars 2

Sorcerer's Apprentice

Toy Story 3 (various projects)

Princess & the Frog (live music direction)

Up (promotion)

High School Musical I, II, III - promos, tie-ins

Rapunzel (development)

Ballad of Nessie (development)

Pirates III - At World's End (promotion)

Meet the Robinsons (development)

Pirates II - Dead Man's Chest

Cars (promotion)

The Lion King on Broadway

Chicken Little (feature)

The Incredibles

Brother Bear

Finding Nemo

Pirates of the Caribbean

Piglet's Big Movie

Treasure Planet

JungleBook II

Lilo & Stitch

Monsters, Inc.


The Emperor's New Groove

102 Dalmations



Toy Story 2



A Bug’s Life

101 Dalmations

The Tigger Movie

Toy Story

The Little Mermaid

Inspector Gadget


Lady and The Tramp I & II

Oliver & Company

Disney Interactive CD-Rom titles:

Toy Story Animated Storybook

Toy Story Activity Center

Hercules Animated Storybook


America's Most Wanted, FOX (theme and scores - over 20 seasons)

Life the Series, Discovery Channel

Frozen Planet, Discovery Channel

Rock Center, NBC

Person-to-Person, CBS

Saturday Night Live, NBC

As The World Turns, CBS

Biography, A&E

Scorned, Discovery

Leah Remini - It’s All Relative, TLC

Duck Dynasty, A&E

Sheep in the Big City, Cartoon Network

XMA, Discovery Channel

Yu-Gi-Oh, WB Network

Inside the Secret Service, National Geographic Channel

First-48, A&E Network

Pokemon, FOX

Inside Grand Central, National Geographic Channel

Marine One, National Geographic

Mysteries of the Unknown, HBO

Escape from Alcatraz, FOX TV film

The Smoking Gun, TruTV

Justice for Jamie, FOX TV film

The Book of Pooh, Disney Channel

Business Tonight, CNBC

ABC Wide World of Sports - contributing composer

Guiding Light - contributing composer

Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous - contributing composer

TNT & FX Network - promos

Primer Impacto, Univision

ESPN Network

NBC Sports Network


Rain - Fox Searchlab, dir. Charles Murray

Performance Pieces - short film (starring F. Murray Abraham, Cannes Festival winner)

Black Thursday - independent

The Orange Hill Gang - independent


Composer for many high-profile television commercials, trailers, and theatrical promos. TV spots include McDonald's, Burger King, Saab, BMW, Dodge, IBM, Sprint, Panasonic, MCI, and hundreds of others....

Audio-post supervision, Carole King- Making Music. Composer for OmniMusic and Manchester production libraries. Various Children's CD and DVD projects. Corporate projects for IBM, others.

Appearances at many NYC clubs, such as The Bitter End, The Jazz Standard, The 55-Bar, Club Bonafide, Smalls, Visiones, Mikell's, Zanzibar, Wilson's.

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