Welcome to the home of vibraphonist and drummer Nat Steele

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My new album, “Portrait of the MJQ,” is a swinging take on the music of the Modern Jazz Quartet and my debut album under my own name. It came out on Trio Records following the sold out launch at Ronnie Scott’s late in 2017. It was recently “Jazz Choice of the Month” in BBC Music Magazine and it’s been receiving rave reviews in the jazz press, with new reviews continuing to pour in. Have a look on the MJQ page for the latest!

The album features pianist Gabriel Latchin, Italian bassist Dario Di Lecce, and drummer Steve Brown, and consists of stellar favourites such as ‘Django’, ‘Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise’, ‘Bags Groove’, and a complete performance of ‘La Ronde Suite’.
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Some album reviews:

“Sheer delight.” Peter Vacher (Jazzwise)
“Vibrant.” - Bruce Lindsay (JazzJournal)
“Compelling.” Ian Mann (TheJazzMann)
“A refreshing treat for the ears.” Rebecca Franks (BBC Music Magazine)
“Vital intensity…” Dave Gelly (The Observer)

I’m a jazz vibraphone player and drummer based in London. I’m a principally self-taught musician and I specialise in playing straight ahead, swinging jazz, unashamedly influenced by players like Milt Jackson, Victor Feldman, Cal Tjader, Dave Pike and others. I’ve been described by UK drumming legend Clark Tracey as “one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced.”
You can buy a copy of the album using the PayPal button on the right - it is not necessary to have a PayPal account. Select the destination and press “Buy Now”. Postage is included in the price.
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Have a listen to a few tracks below to whet your appetite: -


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February 2018 - more reviews of the album. Check out the updates! Also a number of bookings have come in - there are another 5 or so pending with more to follow, so keep your eyes peeled for new dates as they’re added.

13 November
- we’ve been receiving rave reviews of the CD. Check out the MJQ page for more details!

19 Sept 2017 - following on from the sold out launch gig at Ronnie Scott’s on the 10th, the CD is now available for sale! I’m busy promoting the band and getting gigs lined up to promote the disc, so keep your eyes peeled for reviews and updates on the gigs page.

15 August 2017
- Sussex Jazz Magazine have done a long feature/interview on me, my career to date and various bands and projects I’m involved with, including the MJQ - many thanks to Charlie Anderson for the article! I’ve also added some new MJQ dates and info about a monthly “Gin & Jazz” residency I have at a beautiful bespoke gin distillery in Newton Surmaville in Somerset on my gigs page.

6 August
2017 - I’m very excited to announce our album launch at lunchtime at Ronnie Scott’s on Sunday Sept 10th 2017 - read more here, and buy tickets here!

7 March 2017 - getting ready to film the “Portrait of the MJQ” band late this month with Tom Sankey as the video director in the very beautiful recital room at South Hill Park in Bracknell. I’ve also made some changes to the website, including a new page that details some other ensembles I run or play with.

8 February 2017 - I’m very pleased to announce that the new album, “Portrait of the MJQ”, will be released on Trio Records, host to releases by Stan Tracey, Bobby Wellins, David Newton, Harry Allen among many others - I’ll be in excellent company! We’re just starting to get a few gigs in for 2017 although I’m still putting together the promotional material for the record.

20 January 2017 - The mixing is nearly done now - just one last session with Andy Cleyndert and it should be good to go!

20 November 2016 - the last day of BopFest, which again this year has been an incredible success!

14 October 2016 - I’ve spent the day with my MJQ band (Gabriel Latchin, Dario di Lecce, Steve Brown) at the incredible Masterchord Studios laying down takes for the album. It’s probably the best jazz studio I’ve ever been in - in fact David Newton is on record as describing their Steinway concert grand as the best piano he’s ever played! I’m currently mixing of the album and putting together the artwork. Keep your eyes peeled for more info.
A remarkble young vibraphonist in the Milt Jackson tradition.
Dave Gelly (Observer)
OK, I am now officially a fan!!
Joe Locke