Stephen Large is the long-term keyboard player of UK band Squeeze. He is also Musical Director for electro swing artist Caro Emerald and regular keyboard player for Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott (Housemartins / Beautiful South).
As well as playing and arranging for several Squeeze albums, recent recording work has included the number 2 album Crooked Calypso with Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott (following on from two other gold-selling albums with the same artists). Other albums include the Lady Sings The Blues jazz album with Rebecca Ferguson recorded at Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood with musicians from the Count Basie orchestra and Ray Charles’s band.
Other Keyboard Duties:
Babyshambles, Paloma Faith, Rumer, Imelda May, Quantic Soul Orchestra with Spanky Wilson, Terry Reid, Pete Doherty, The Noisettes, Alan Carr, Petula Clark, Johnny Depp, music hall with Colin Firth, as well as being a founder member of jazz outfits The Rag ‘n’ Bone Club and Ronnie Scott’s Rejects.
Other MD Experience:
Rebecca Ferguson, Duffy, Legendary US soul group Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and his own highly acclaimed 60s-influenced combo, Lord Large. Also Songs in the Key of London with James Brown‘s sax legend Pee Wee Ellis, Clare Teal, Gary Kemp, Pee Wee Ellis, Ali Campbell, Nerina Pallot, Wreckless Eric and others.
String / Brass / Orchestral Arrangements:
Caro Emerald (e.g. BBC Radio 2 at Hyde Park with BBC concert orchestra), Squeeze (various albums plus live at Royal Albert Hall with orchestra), Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott (including Real Hope with Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band), Rebecca Ferguson (orchestral tracks on Lady Sings The Blues), Noisettes (hit album Wild Young Hearts), plus CocknBullKid, Marina & the Diamonds, and Clare Teal.