Sharing Memories 

Dear friends and visitors, old and new,

Ive been extremely fortunate to have been a professional musician for more the forty years. One of the distinct pleasures I have occurs when someone comes up to me to tell me that he or she remembers me from this place/job or other. Some times I know them, sometimes not and when they fix the reminiscence with an anecdote its even nicer.

Accordingly, if you have any funny and/or interesting recollection of an evening weve spent together musically, Id be most eager to hear it especially if its a story from Ted Hooks Backstage. So MANY stars came to that remarkable restaurant to see, be seen and, sometimes, to perform with me at the piano and I only recall a few.

If you can give the date or near the date, that would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance for providing the special joy that this will give me.

                                                                --- Steve Ross

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Steve, you changed my life. Way back then at the old Backstage. You shared your class, your honest performance of the songs you sang, and how to handle an audience. You were very kind to me; letting a spoiled rich kid (at the time) sing with you and experience it at a young age. I have always remembered, and will never forget. I miss Ted Hook also) I did learn so much from you. Just thinking about the line in the play where Jim said "People change other people's lives and they don't even know it" Had to tell you now. Ralph L.

Just heard a jazzed up version of “The Blacksmith Blues,” which made me think of the time you whispered in my ear, “You may be the only one here who remembers Ella Mae Morse,” as she entered and then performed with you (at Ted Hook’s Backstage). James C.

I first heard you play and sing informally on the QEII on my first Atlantic crossing in 1974, and have been a fan ever since. Several of us went swimming and enjoyed each others' company. Thank you for all these years of wonderful music. Bill F.

I just caught up with the news that the Oak Room has closed. How sad, eh? I think I told you that I have some fond memories of visiting New York and listening to you sing. The Oak Room (and you) always seemed to be one of the signature places in NY. It's hard to believe it's closed. I'm glad I got to go there and catch a few of your shows. You were great! And thanks again for the CDs. I've really enjoyed them. Best, Steve J.

Every once in awhile I plug some fond old memory into Google to see what I can see. Boy, oh boy did I hit a jackpot with your site. I went through all of the accolades and fan mail, looking for someone who said " I've been a fan of this fellow since his Turn of the Century days" No luck.

Did you tell that prof at Yale that you and your trio once entertained at the Place Where Louie Dwells?

Seriously, it is a wonderful experience to see how extremely well you have done. I can't believe that the Turn of the Century era was just about fifty years ago. I think the only two times I actually saw you were at Ken S's funeral, and your recital at the Barns at Wolf Trap. I did speak to you once when I was in New York for a computer conference at Javitts. I recall that that was not too long after that recital. Was that the first version of your Cole Porter memorial? I sill have a cassette that I purchased in the foyer that night. I never did run across anyone who had a clue why the mailing in advance of that appearance featured the facade of Parliament Hall in London. I think it had to do with the clock tower . Am I right?

Congratulations again. I am also glad to see that others picked up on the way you project a Noel Coward image. When I asked you on the phone whether others remarked about it, you said only your best friends. All The Best, Walter

Several years ago here in St. Louis we had company and were looking for some entertainment. A guy named Steve Ross was performing a cabaret show at the Grandel Theater. Although I had never heard of you or the Grandel, it sounded interesting, so we bought tickets and went. We took our front row seats in this beautiful little venue and looked around as about twenty-five other people (it seemed) joined us. Then you took the stage and performed magnificently.

Where is everyone? This is top-notch entertainment in a beautiful theater. We all applauded as loud as we could, trying to make up for all the empty seats. I always wished we had given you a standing ovation, but it seemed so awkward. Some other performer might have looked out at the empty house and headed straight back to New York, but not you. You performed for us like we were royalty; and I never forgot that. We have enjoyed several of your shows over the years. Tonight in St. Louis the newspaper describes you as "a longtime St. Louis favorite," and I can't even buy a ticket because you're sold out. They don't call Missouri the "Show-Me" state for nothing, and it looks like you have fans here forever. I know you'll get a well-deserved standing O tonight. Will try to catch you next time. Thanks for a sweet memory. Sincerely, Holly L.

'I don't remember the year, but it was in London's Pizza on the Park, where you gave your Cole Porter evening. For me and my friends it was a unforgettable experience, we never thought to hear Porters music, in this sensitive and thrilling way. At the intermission we had a small talk in which you was surprised to find people from Gemany (us) in the audience. At the and of your performance you played "Was Kann So Schon Sein Wie Deine Liebe," it was wonderfull! After that we met again even in New York and one more time in London and every time it was a great pleasure, Thank you very much for that! Yours, Oliver K.

I've been a fan of Mr. Ross for over 30 years when I first heard him at the Algonquin. Just hearing the music takes me back to the times when my wife and I would travel to NY just to hear Steve at the Algonquin. My favorite song then and now is "Old Friend". no one sings it like Steve. Steve J.

We just wanted to say what a wonderful evening we spent with you at Pizza on The Park, last night. It was a truly wonderful evening -- what a great shame it was the end of a fantastic venue! We have enjoyed some wonderful evenings there -- Larry Adler, a few years ago, and Andrea Marcovicci, just two weeks ago, spring to mind as very memorable. We have never had the pleasure of seeing you, until last night --- it was really worth the wait!!! We hope to get the chance to see you again --- the music you deliver is just wonderful. With good wishes, Gillian and Derek

I was introduced to the music of Steve Ross when I was 21 years old in 1993 by a man named David W., down in Houston, TX. "Little Me" knocked my socks off! "Elsa, and Noel, Tallulah and Cole!" and "Can Can!" Wow, did he rock my world. Now, I'm 33 and he's still dear to my heart. Love, Theo