- vocalist, actor, educator
Over the past two decades, Steve Maddock has been steadily establishing himself as one of Canada’s most versatile vocal talents. Whether sharing a concert stage with a 65-piece symphony orchestra, performing with a 10-piece show band on a cruise ship, or fronting a jazz trio in a local club, he’s able to change gears effortlessly and present the music in a way that’s honest and fresh. He’s been a soloist with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Vancouver Chamber Choir, The Pacific Baroque Orchestra and The Dal Richards Jazz Orchestra, as well as being a featured artist on CBC Radio (Hot Air, Tonic, The Homestretch, Choral Concert, Disc Drive, The Early Edition and Sounds Like Canada).
Steve’s first love is jazz, a passion that began in earnest while playing trumpet in his high school big band. Since that time, he’s immersed himself in the study of the jazz language, performing with (and learning so much from) some of Canada’s most gifted and accomplished musicians. He released a self-titled debut album back in 1999, and in 2009 released Memory Cafe, a mix of standards and original jazz compositions by Canadian songwriter Craig Salkeld. This album features a veritable who’s who of west coast jazz talent, with a core group of pianist Miles Black, guitarist Bill Coon, bassist Jodi Proznick and drummer Craig Scott. Special guests on the recording include the late Ross Taggart on tenor sax, Campbell Ryga on alto and baritone saxes, trombonist Rod Murray, and trumpeters Brad Turner and Kent Wallace.
Steve studied acting at the University Of Windsor, Ontario, and remains active as a stage performer. Some recent roles include George Kittredge in High Society (Arts Club Theatre Co.), El Gallo in The Fantasticks (Vancouver Playhouse), Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Footlight Theatre Co.), Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (Stage West Calgary), Billy Bigelow in Carousel (Royal City Musical Theatre Company), and The Beast in Disney’s Beauty And The Beast (Arts Club). Other stage credits include Cats, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Songs For A New World, Tomfoolery, Dads:The Musical, My Fair Lady, Annie, South Pacific, Guys And Dolls, Annie get Your Gun, The Mikado, West Side Story, and Oliver Twist.
Steve is currently on the Jazz Faculty of Capilano University (formerly Capilano College). His association with Capilano goes back almost twenty-five years, when he first enrolled as a vocal performance major in what was then the Commercial Music Program. The current Jazz Studies Program was introduced in 1993, and Steve was hired as an instructor in 1996. Since that time he’s taught private voice, vocal jazz masterclass, studio performance, vocal improvisation and ear training. As an adjudicator and clinician, he’s worked at Musicfest Canada, The Envision Jazz Festival, The Rocky Mountain Jazz Festival, Powell River’s Jazz Summit, The Kiwanis Festival, The Mission Jazz Festival, The Whistler Music Festival, The Sun Peaks Music Festival, and The South Delta Jazz Workshop.
Steve lives in Burnaby, BC with his wife, singer and pianist Siri Olesen, and his two children, Aubrey and Kai.