Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, Stevie
Glasgow was already creating harmonic havoc on the family piano while barely
tall enough to reach the keys. While at primary school he also
added the trumpet and tenor horn (no, not the sax, the real tenor horn) to his slowly growing repertoire of instruments.
While continuing his piano studies through high school, Stevie
also became fixated with the electric guitar and later, electric
bass. A succession of school ensembles and teenage bands led to
regular performances on Edinburgh's live circuit,
where he honed his technique and dreamed of one day owning this
bass (which incidentally hadn't been made yet).
Throughout his teen years Stevie continued his piano lessons (studying
primarily with Cora Moncrieff), and after high school entered Edinburgh
University's prestigious music faculty - renowned for its rigorous
theory-based program, cultivation of students' compositions, and
compulsory 6:00 a.m. cross-country runs followed by cold showers
before classes. (This last point may not be strictly true.) During his four years
in the faculty, Stevie intensively studied harmony, counterpoint,
analysis, orchestration, aesthetics, history and performance. In
his final year he majored in composition under Nigel
Osborne and Peter Nelson.
While at university in Edinburgh, Stevie took private
jazz guitar lessons with Haftor
Medboe, but gradually began to gravitate more toward the
bass, and while still a student, bought his first (5-string)
bass, which he often still uses today.
After graduating with honors and winning the music faculty's Fraser
Scholarship, Stevie spent a postgraduate year studying composition
Royal Conservatory of Music (Koninklijk Conservatorium) in
The Hague, Holland, under Gilius
van Bergeijk. During his time in Holland, he composed several
large-scale works and was active as a live performer on the
piano, bass and guitar.
Upon returning to the U.K., Stevie moved to London where his sight-reading
skills and fluid technique helped find him ample live and recording
work on the bass, including radio, TV and theatre sessions. He
also worked with musicians from bands as diverse as Level 42 and
The Beta Band.
While supporting himself as a musician in London, Stevie went
back to school again, this time to London University's
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where he studied
Japanese and Japanese music. During his time here he learned to
play the shamisen and various Japanese drums under the tutelage
Hughes. As part of this program, Stevie spent a year
at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he studied Japanese language and music.
Since moving to Japan in 2006, Stevie has worked in a diverse
range of genres, most notably the jazz world, where he is a regular
He has worked extensively with guitarist/composer Takahiro
Haruta and is currently holding up the low end for jazz-fusion maestro Masashi Maeda. Other projects include: Trio Logic (jazz-tinged groove-related harmonic capers); Nitta Izumi (J-pop); and The Drivin' Jazz Quartet
(a loose collective of jazz villains).
Stevie is also a regular contributor to Bass Player magazine.