Steve Rice is a versatile composer, keyboardist and accordionist based in Philadelphia. He records and writes with several outstanding ensembles including "Rouge" (French Cabaret), "Big Squeezy" (Zydeco), “Troy Kline” (Retro Vegas Lounge), and the Steve Rice Quintet (original Jazz). Steve's interests include Jazz, Classical, World, Traditional Ethnic, and Electronic music, as well SFX. He has a Film Scoring degree from Berklee College of Music, where he received the prestigious Oscar Peterson Award. Steve also tours part-time as pianist for the Harry James Orchestra.
To add authenticity to certain projects, Steve Rice is the go-to guy. The sound of an accordion can add instant cultural recognition and support to your TV, Film, or Documentary production. The quirky accordian has been out of the mainstream long enough that its creative use can add a surprisingly fresh twist to your soundtrack. Exoticism, eerieness, haunting beauty, and cultural reference can be your sonic fabric with the right accordion track.
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TV credits: Better Call Saul (AMC), The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee (Webcast), Dance Moms (Lifetime), Dish Nation (FOX), Girl Code (MTV), Hart Of Dixie (CW), How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Longmire (A&E), Marido En Alquiler (Telemundo), Marilyn Denis Show (CTV), Revenge (ABC), Sanjay And Craig (Nickelodeon), Sing Your Face Off (ABC), Smash (NBC), Sons of Anarchy (FX), Superbowl 2013 (CBS), Steve Harvey Show, The Mindy Project (FOX), The Voice (NBC), 10 Things I Hate About You (ABC Family)
Films: Sparkle, Identity Thief, Ambrosia
Advertising: JoS A Bank (2015), Fiat (2015), Cityzen by Azin, Moods Condoms (International)
This song flatters a handsome gentleman irresistibly. A made up word highlights this retro Tin Pan Alley /Broadway style swing classic. Clever suggestive jazz vocals that drip with vampy fun and sass, Female Vocals, Jazz, Cabaret
A traditional Christmas carol played by a jazz trio. Reminiscent of Vince Guaraldi and Charlie Brown Christmas. This version has a jazzy melancholy flavor. Great for a reflective holiday scene. Piano, upright bass and drums. real instruments. A jazz waltz in 3/4 time. Light feel. Instrumental, Christmas, Xmas Jazz Ens.
A beautiful jazz ballad that sounds like it's right of the 1940's. Elegant Tenor sax lead. A real smokey cocktail / nightclub sound. Nostalgic, evocative., classy. Great for a flashback sequence or period production. Great for a nightclub scene, elegant restaurant, cocktail party. Real Instruments, Instrumental, Jazz, Swing Ensembles
A catchy uptempo bebop head with Trumpet and Tenor sax lead. Evokes John Coltrane's "Moments Notice" or Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Great for a nightclub scene. Sophisticated source music. Period urban jazz atmosphere. Real instruments. Instrumental, Soundalikes, Miles Davis
Elegant cocktail jazz duo (real grand piano, upright bass) playing a variety of tempos and moods. Great source music for a swanky restaurant or nightclub. Quality background source music supports romance and plot development. Couples dancing, late night love and remorse. NO DRUMS. Instrumental, Jazz, Swing Ensembles
If you're looking for great authentic jazz atmosphere for your production you've come to the right place! Step down into a 52nd St nightclub for a set of Sizzling bebop, swing, a sultry ballad, blues and latin jazz. Source or underscore. A classic collection of 7 different tunes, 14 tracks. Instrumental, Jazz, Swing Ensembles
The traditional Italian Wedding Tarantella played by a live ensemble of real violin, accordion and tambourine. Great for a cooking show, vineyard tour, Godfather party, My Big Fat Italian Wedding, travel channel, history channel, Sons of Italy, source music. Performed by the "Strolling Neapolitones" Instrumental, European, Italy
A solo piano version of Hatikvah (the Hope) is a great choice for musical wallpaper for websites, youtube clips, powerpoint presentations, slideshows. Intentionally designed as a subtler choice, understated yet authentic. Underscore for Israeli, Jewish, Religious, Political, History. Played 3 times. Instrumental, National Anthem, Israel National Anthem
An exuberant solo stride piano piece. Flashy and loose, it fits right in with bootleggers, Chicago speakeasy gangsters, molls, Jazz clubs, prohibition era cathouses, after hours New York nightclubs. Erroll Garner, Art Tatum, Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, uptempo cutting sessions. PD composition. Instrumental, Jazz, Swing Stride
A solo piano version of the traditional carol "O Little Town Of Bethlehem". Gentle background piano with sophisticated jazz harmony. Builds in intensity. Great for Holiday party background music.8 bar rubato introduction. Instrumental, Christmas, Christmas Piano
a pretty solo piano version of the Christmas Carol "Away In a Manger". Relaxed, flowing, and unhurried, this arrangement has an into that flows between major and relative minor. Melody starts at 0:20, Instrumental, Christmas, Christmas Piano
A sensitive, flowing solo piano interpretation of the traditional Christmas carol "The First Noel". Rubato, dynamic. Beautiful background solo piano for the holidays, family dinners, decorating the tree, sitting by the fireplace. Instrumental, Christmas, Christmas Piano
I'm gonna go down swingin'. This jazz vocal burner has tons of attitude, presence, moxie and swing. Great for theme support of triumph over adversity, marching to your own drummer. Great vocals and a hot rhythm section. Classic retro jazz energy, rat pack swagger. Sports and jazz analogies. Female Vocals, Jazz, Lounge Jazz Vocals
A beautiful, sophisticated ballad for jazz trio. A powerful mellow mood is set with gorgeous chromaticism and Bill Evans style lyricism. Good for romance, reflection, lovemaking or melancholy. Last call with after hours regrets. Instrumental, Jazz, Lounge Jazz
A jazz trio (piano, bass, drums) plays a slow tempo swing version of a traditional christmas carol. Lots of sophisticated blues flavor, reharmonization, dark jazzy colors. Bittersweet and melancholy. Reminiscent of Vince Guaraldi "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Instrumental, Christmas, Xmas Jazz Ens.
A good-natured stride piano piece with rhythm section accompaniment. Light and humorous. Great accompaniment for a comedy sketch, children's show, funny situation, invasion of the mimes, time lapse, candid camera, worlds funniest videos, stupid pet tricks, sight gag. Lightens the mood instantly! Instrumental, Jazz, Swing Stride
perfect for an Italian Restaurant Scene, Cooking channel, Venice, Naples, MIlan Italian Travel sequence. Performed in the style of a strolling duo with violin and accordion. Live musicians, real instruments. This classic Italian song was composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo in 1904. Waltz, La Matinatta, Instrumental, European, Italy
Classic sounding torch song about the mystery of falling in love. Think "Ella Fitzgerald sings the Cole Porter songook". Great romantic vocal feature with classic jazz atmosphere. Starts rubato with piano and vocal. Band enters gently at 1:06. Brushes, sophisticated swinging. Real instruments. Female Vocals, Jazz, Neo-Lounge Vocals
A fun, bubbly New Orleans Second Line style version of "Up On A Housetop" Piano, tuba and drums. this track is energetic, rowdy and jamming. Real musicians, holiday music with a twist! Instrumental, Christmas, Xmas Whimsical
Sultry and mellow, this gentle jazzy bossa-nova tells a tale of heartbreak again and again. Resigned but sexy, we can't totally believe that she's "through with deja-blue at last". Super sexy source music, as a feature or background. Classic upscale jazz vibe. Swanky nightclub or restaurant. Female Vocals, Jazz, Neo-Lounge Vocals
this small chamber ensemble piece calls forth a sense of homecoming, family, nostalgia, longing, holiday warmth, security. Would make a good recurrent theme for a returning prodigal son, a Christmas drama, spiritual quest, childhood romance flashback, parental love, reconciliation, learning moment. Instrumental, Dramatic, Magical Music
Here's a building piano track that can fit a wide variety of dramatic needs. It starts contemplative and builds to big finish. Pretty and sophisticated yet very accessible. Uplifting chorus. Making the world a better place. Solving problems, Succeeding against odds. Romantic epiphany, Instrumental, Jazz, Smooth Jazz
A traditional, public domain waltz melody first published in 1895. This solo version is recorded on a genuine old upright tack piano (thumbtacks in the piano hammers). Evocative of the Victorian era, ice cream socials, 4th of July picnics, corsets and straw hats. Instrumental, Americana, American Patriotic
A great acoustic track with storytelling qualities, building motion and rural character. Good for an opening sequence or support of a specific character or storyline. Elements of Americana, Newgrass, Dawg, Country, Jazz, Folk and underscore. Violin, Piano and Fretless Bass. Real Instruments, Instrumental, New Age, New Age Acoustic
A cocktail jazz trio provides upscale energy. Elegant, sophisticated and bright. Great for a black tie event. Source music that adds a bright and swanky vibe. Romance, fun, good times. Real instruments and musicians. Grand piano, Instrumental, Jazz, Swing Ensembles
A piano trio ballad with a great laid back feel and a gentle 1950's pop soulfulness. Think Dinah Washington "What A Difference a Day Made" or Etta James "At Last". 12/8 feel, real musicians with instruments! Instrumental, Pop, Pop Oldies
perfect for an Italian Restaurant Scene, Cooking channel, Venice, Naples, MIlan Italian Travel sequence. Performed in the style of a strolling duo with violin and accordion. Live musicians, real instruments. This classic Neapoliton song was composed by Peppino Turco in the 1880s. Tarantella, Instrumental, European, Italy
A very swinging jazz piano trio interprets this traditional carol. Charlie Brown Peanuts Christmas. Happy music. In the style of: Vince Guaraldi, Red Garland, Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris, Dave Brubeck. Holiday cheer. Real instruments. Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Instrumental, Christmas, Xmas Jazz Ens.
Reminiscent of Vince Guaraldi and Charlie Brown Christmas. This traditional carol has a mellow, sophisticated jazzy nostalgia and longing, even sad or melancholy flavor. Great for a reflective holiday scene. Piano, upright bass and drums. real instruments. Instrumental, Christmas, Christmas Piano
Elegant jazz piano trio playing easy mid-tempo swing. This is a Ray Brown style acoustic bass feature. Great source music for a jazz club. Jazz atmosphere, romance, candlelight. Real piano, upright bass and drums. New York 52nd Street, Blue Note, Instrumental, Jazz, Cabaret
Uplifting, positive piano driven smooth jazz. builds. Suitable for elegant upscale romance, jazz atmosphere, luxury products, lives of the rich and famous, urban elegance, fine dining, corporate presentations, phone on hold service, background music service, bedroom scenes, soap opera, fashion shows, Instrumental, Jazz, Lounge Jazz
A traditional Mexican polka or corrido performed by a duo of violin and accordion. This composition dates to 1916 and is associated with Pancho Villa and the Mexican Revolution. Instrumental, Latin, Corrido
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