Steve Rice is a versatile, talented, professional and personable accordionist/pianist available for a wide variety of events. NOW BASED IN PHILADELPHIA! Steve is a perfect choice to add an elegant international atmosphere to your event. What flavor are you looking to add to your party? -- French Cafe' Accordion? -- Romantic Italian Background? -- German Biergarden Polkas? -- Swinging Gypsy Jazz? -- Klezmer, Horas and Israeli Dances? -- Latin American Bossa Nova and Tango? - Steve has recording and performance experience in all of these and more.
Steve is rated Gigmasters #1 accordionist in North America for the fourth year in a row! Please check his client feedback to see referrals from many satisfied gigmasters customers.
Do you need a bigger band? Steve works regularly with top instrumentalists and vocalists and can expand his group to a duo, trio or nearly any size or instrumentation that your event requires.
Steve is also an award winning Jazz Pianist with many years of wedding and background experience. He is available to play your piano on-site, or provide his own high quality electric keyboard. Or consider expanding to a jazz duo, trio, quartet or more. Do you want to mix and match styles or instruments? No Problem! Different is good! Call to discuss your special needs!
SOLO PIANO - Solo Pianist for 4 years at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. Hundreds of satisfied clients at Weddings and Corporate events. Steve tours internationally part time as Pianist with the famous "Harry James Orchestra" under the direction of Fred Radke. Steve was winner of the "Oscar Peterson Award" at Berklee College of Music.
PIANO/GROUP - Steve leads several groups from the piano/keyboard including: THE STEVE RICE TRIO, a trio dedicated to the art of piano jazz, a popular choice for corporate receptions and private parties. RITMO SOL, a salsa/latin small combo. THE STEVE RICE SWINGTETTE, a versatile and creative swing/ballroom dance ensemble.
SINATRA STYLE SWING -
Steve is a key member of 2 Sinatra style swing bands in the Pacific NW: Half-Pack Live, a high energy Rat-pack revue, and Tony LaStella and the Goombas, a versatile, touring Italian-American show band. Please check related GigMasters press kits.
STROLLING ACCORDION AND VIOLIN - Steve's strolling duo "The Neapolitones" is perfect for indoor and outdoor events. The duo draws on the wide variety of styles and material below:
FRENCH - Steve is currently a member of the popular French Cabaret Ensemble "ROUGE". He also appears as a solo accordionist at fine French Restaurants including "Maximilien" and "Cafe Campagne". Steve has appeared in concert and on record with notable French performers including Patrick Desaunay and Jean Jacques Perrey.
ITALIAN - Steve is touring pianist/accordionist with "Tony LaStella and the Goombas" and is featured accordionist on the "Italian in 10 Minutes a Day" audio CD set.
JEWISH/KLEZMER - Former touring member of "The Mazeltones" and the "Od Yishama Orchestra". Steve's newest Klezmer band Simchatonics is now booking events.
GERMAN/POLKA - Solo accordion, or as a band "Polka Madness". Numerous performances including "Prost", "Irish Oktoberfest" at Fado', corporate Oktoberfest performances for Microsoft, Virginia Mason and many retirement home dates throughout the year.
MEXICAN/LATIN - Steve appears with the "Bolero Brothers" at "Mr. Villa's Mexican Restaurant" with music including Mexican Polkas, Tangos, Romantic Boleros. Steve co-leads "Los Todos", a duo with Juan Barco, a nationally renowned Tejano guitarist, vocalist and Bajo Sexto master.
SALSA - Steve is pianist and director of Orquesta Camaleon, specializing in Salsa, Cuban Social Club and Latin music. Vocalist Elsie Cortes specializes in Cuban and Puerto Rican social club music and classic ballads and boleros. Steve was a touring pianist with the hit latin ensemble "Bochinche".
SWING - Steve has toured as pianist with the HARRY JAMES ORCHESTRA and the JIMMY DORSEY BAND, Steve fronts a versatile swing dance group, THE STEVE RICE SWINGTETTE
ZYDECO/CAJUN - Steve is front man for "Big Squeezy", an energetic and fun-loving Zydeco/Rockin' Accordion Band - featured at the 2006 "Taste of Edmonds", 2007 "Louiefest" 2008 "Louisianathon", 2009 "Westport Blues Festival" and zydeco dances throughout the Northwest.
COMPOSITION - Steve is available for custom composition projects and has a great library of original tracks available for your media project. Steve's original compositions have been heard on popular shows including: Sons of Anarchy, The Big Bang Theory, Smash, Revenge, How I Met Your Mother and more.