Dr Stephen Newcomb is a recipient of a Brisbane Lord Mayor's Performing Arts Fellowship. He is co-leader of VNMG multinational jazz quartet and has featured in recordings, European tours, and performances at the International Association of Jazz Educators conference in New York and Carnegie Hall. He leads SNO (Steve Newcomb Orchestra) and is musical director for the West End Composers Collective. His works have been recorded by Queensland Conservatorium's Jazz Orchestra 'Con Artists', as well as numerous arrangements for albums by Katie Noonan (including ARIAaward winning 'First Seed Ripening'), West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Ben Folds, Tim Rogers, Augie March and Ben Lee. Stephen completed his doctoral studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Phil Markowitz and Jim McNeely.