Known for his modern approach to jazz, technical mastery on the kit and high aptitude for rhythm and independence, Steve Lyman is emerging as one of the leading voices on the drums around the globe.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Lyman moved to New York City in 2005 to study at the prestigious New School University. Lyman quickly began working with some of New York’s finest musicians under the tutelage of his teacher and mentor, drummer Ari Hoenig.
Lyman’s first major opportunity was performing with vocalist José James (with whom Lyman was an active member from 2006-2008) performing on Mr. James’s critically acclaimed album The Dreamer, which was voted #21 of the top 50 albums in 2008 (JazzTimes Magazine).
As a performer, Lyman has enjoyed sharing the stage with some of the leading voices in jazz and contemporary music, including: Aaron Parks, Jon Batiste, Gilad Hekselman, Nir Felder, Julian Pollack, Chase Baird, José James, Ben van Gelder, Ben Street, Bill McHenry, George Garzone, Ralph Alessi, Logan Richardson, Jaleel Shaw, Thomas Morgan, Tyshawn Sorey, Madeline Eastman, Joe Martin, Dan Tepfer, Becca Stevens, Kris Johnson and Corey Christiansen to name a few.
Lyman has also toured the world extensively as a performer. In Europe, Lyman has performed throughout the UK, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, playing such venues as the BBC Studios London, The Blue Note Milan, and the New Morning Paris. In the United States, Lyman has performed at the renown Blue Note and Smalls jazz clubs regularly, both as a sideman and as a leader.
As an educator, Lyman has led workshops and masterclasses throughout the US and is becoming a first-call international clinician. In 2018 Lyman led a drum clinic tour in the UK—teaching to hundreds of drummers around the regions of London, Wales, Bristol and at Universities and music festivals throughout the greater UK. Upcoming clinics include: Argentina, Singapore as well as returning to the UK in 2020.
Lyman released his debut record Revolver in 2013 which featured all original compositions and received 5 Stars from All About Jazz Magazine. Lyman is also the author of the book A New Approach to Odd-Times for Drumset published by Mel Bay Publications (2013).
In 2019 Steve filmed on online lesson for Drumeo and tourned the US and EU with saxophonist Chase Baird.
Endorsements: Craviotto Drum Company Drums, Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, Polynome Metronome App and Reflexx Practice Pads.
Steve Lyman also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Jazz Drumset Studies at the University of Utah and lives in Salt Lake City.