Steve Melling was brought up in Preston, Lancs and studied at Goldsmiths' College in London before joining the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. In the late 1970's he began playing professionally when he toured with Harry Beckett and Elton Dean. He played keyboards with Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia in 1986-7, and in 1987 and 1989 toured the Far East with the Clark Tracey quintet and made three albums with the band. Steve worked with Tim Whitehead in 1988-9, and played on his album Decision. Steve has worked for many years with Alan Skidmore and can be heard on his quartet album East To West and on three recordings of a band which combined a jazz quintet and African percussionists and came to be known as Ubizo. During the 1990's Steve worked and recorded with Claire Martin, Alan Skidmore and Peter King and played regularly at Ronnie Scott's with these and several other bands and his trio. In 1996 he recorded his own album Trio Duo Solo. Steve has also played with many American jazz musicians including concerts with Jazz Machine, a band led by the legendary drummer Elvin Jones. He has also worked with Phil Woods, Benny Golson, James Moody and Charles McPherson. From 1996-98 he was Professor of Jazz Piano at London’s Royal College of Music. In 2000 Steve joined The New Couriers, a band formed by Martin Drew and Mornington Lockett and made four albums with them.