Steve Washington has been performing for nearly 30 years with humble beginnings in Princeton University’s college singing groups and theatrical productions. After Princeton, Steve appeared in numerous professional theatrical productions, eventually earning membership in Actors’ Equity (the actor’s union) when cast in an Arena Stage production of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. Forays into dramatic theater landed him the role of Demetrius in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shakespeare Theater at the Folger.
In the 90s, Steve shifted his focus to music fronting some of DC’s top bands and orchestras and sharing stages with the Marvelettes, the Drifters, the Supremes, the Village People, Peter Noon, Gary Pucket, Orleans, comedian Steven Wright, and others. As a freelance vocalist, Steve performed in DC area jazz & blues clubs and performance spaces, including numerous sold-out appearances at the world-famous Blues Alley Jazz Supper Club.
In the late 90s, Steve returned to the theater when cast in a production of Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s review Hey Mr. Producer, appearing as the Engineer of Miss Saigon, Valjean of Les Miserables, and the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. Steve has said, "tackling those characters under the guidance of Sir Mackintosh himself remains one of the most rewarding experiences of my career."
Steve is a featured vocalist on other artist’s CDs and a demo vocalist for songwriters from DC to New York City. Steve has also traveled the world touring Italy with the Steve Washington Project and headlining on many of the world’s finest luxury ships. His big-band cabaret acts, "Nat & Sammy Remembered" (a loving tribute to Nat "King" Cole and Sammy Davis, Jr.) and "Rhythm, Blues & Broadway" (plain old good fun) continue to be well received on both land and sea.
Currently, Steve is the co-lead vocalist for Raggs & the AllStars (aka the SRO Orchestra) and continues to freelance playing notable clubs and performance spaces like Blues Alley, the Carlyle Club, the Atlas Theater, and the Katzen Arts Center.
In conjunction with the release of his new CD Right to Love, Steve recently enjoyed a triumphant debut at New York City’s renowned jazz cabaret, the Metropolitan Room resulting in multiple encore appearances throughout 2016. Steve's appearances at the Metropolitan Room led to other dates in other parts of New York state in 2016. Right to Love is receiving radio play across the USA, into Canada, and as far away as Australia.
Steve Washington – vocals
Serey Vasiliev – double bass
David Tkebuchava – drums
Ivan Farmakovsky – piano