A native of Tokyo, Japan, Steve Whipple moved to Michigan in 1999 to attend Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied music composition. In 2005, he graduated Summa Cum Laude as salutatorian, with Distinguished Honors from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in jazz and studio music. He quickly became one of the first call bassists in the area, performing extensively with many of the local greats.
In 2008, Steve was offered a one-year position as visiting professor and department chair of the bass program at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, in Quito, Ecuador. He accepted the offer and spent a year teaching at the university, while performing with some of the country’s top jazz artists. Steve declined an offer to teach for an additional year, instead choosing to move to New York City to pursue a career in performance.
Since his move in late 2009, Steve has become highly in demand. He can be heard performing in clubs and restaurants in the city almost every night, in a wide array of situations, from cutting edge jazz at the 55 Bar to classic burlesque at Duane Park, from Brazilian jazz at Bar Next Door to xylophone ragtimes in the subway in a pink gorilla suit with the iconic New York band Xylopholks.