Steve LeClaire

"have sax, will travel..."

bio

In between recording numerous jingles and performing as a side man, Steve also found time to lead his own 20 piece jazz orchestra (The Steve LeClaire Big Band) which performed in the central Mass area in the early 1990’s. During this period, he also performed blistering R&B with Rhode Island based bands “Pier Pressure” and “The Boys of Summer”. He hung up his horn in the mid 90’s for a few years to raise a family and invest time in his family’s insurance agency in Sutton MA, but never lost the hunger to play.

Steve has jumped back into the music business head and heart first, and his current sound is better and stronger than ever. His new project and passion is an 11 piece Soul & R&B extravaganza called “The Valves” which features the original Tornado Alley Horns. The raw, edgy sound of his tenor sax wails above the band on rollicking R&B numbers, as well as crying out soulfully during slow blues.

Today, Steve claims to have many influences. He credits Junior Walker, Clarence Clemmons, King Curtis, the Memphis Horns, David “fathead” Newman and Illinois Jaquet as players he enjoys. The records of the 60’s from Stax, Volt, Mowtown, Decca and the like all contribute to Steve’s musical psyche. He plays with a big sound from the heart.

Steve is available for on call session work, arranging, and sideman performance. He is also available with the full complement of “Tornado Alley Horns” for section work.