Steve Allee: Living Legend of Indianapolis Jazz

Steve Allee, a graduate of Ben Davis High School, is a world-renowned jazz pianist, composer, producer, and educator. Steve is an important contributor to Indianapolis media: he is the music director of The Bob & Tom Show, which appears regularly on WFBQ-94.7 FM; he is signed to Owl Studios, a jazz label based out of Indianapolis; and he regularly performs at Indianapolis music venues, such as the Jazz Kitchen, which he owns with his son.

A video of the Steve Allee Trio at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis


Steve Allee has a very well-defined musical style that relies on repetition and variation of feelings and themes. His 1999 album, Downtown Blues, was nominated for a Grammy award. He has released five other albums through Owl Studios: The Magic Hour, New York in the 50’s (a score for the film based on the book by Indianapolis novelist Dan Wakefield), Mirage, Colors, and his most recent, Dragonfly.

In 1983, he was commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to compose and perform an orchestral piece comprised of four movements to be performed in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The piece featured performances by Indiana Avenue saxophone legends Jimmy Coe and Pookie Johnson. In addition to playing with Coe and Johnson, Allee has played with a long list of well-known musicians, including drumming virtuoso Buddy Rich (at age 19), Grammy-winning Indy trombonist Slide Hampton, and bop saxophonist Phil Woods.

Video interview with Indianapolis musician Steve Allee


Steve Allee has also made enormous contributions as an educator. He has presented lectures or taught at many Indiana colleges and universities in addition to many workshops and short-term classes. He has made appearances at Purdue University, the University of Indianapolis, Butler University, and Indiana State University. In addition, each summer Steve teaches at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops in Louisville.

All in all, Steve Allee is a great asset to Indianapolis culture. His contributions to Indianapolis radio, music, and art are irreplaceable and undeniable. For more information on Mr. Allee and a list of upcoming performances, please visit his homepage.

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