Little Steve & the Big Beat are a high-energy Rhythm & Blues outfit; fiery guitar playing and strong vocals on top of a solid rhythm section. All the while the horns add a groove that will get your hands clapping and feet moving! Little Steve & the Big Beat stay true to tradition while not merely imitating, but adding their own voice to this expressive style of music.
Within just a couple years, Little Steve & the Big Beat have played major festivals and clubs in their home country and abroad, such as De Zwarte Cross (NL), Blues Peer (BE), North Sea Jazz Club (NL), Breda Jazz Festival (NL), Seven Nights to Blues (FR), Nuit Du Blues (FR), and many more. Their single Brand New Man (Dec 2014) receives regular airplay on Belgian national radio while their album ‘Another Man’ was in the top 3 of most played albums in the UK (Independent Blues Broadcasters Association, Jan 2017). And they have been nominated by the Dutch Blues Foundation for “Best Band”, “Best Vocalist” and “Best Drummer” for the Dutch Blues Awards 2015.
Based in the Netherlands and formed around Steven van der Nat on guitar and vocals, Little Steve & the Big Beat started playing in January 2013. Shortly after the band already received raving crits, often describing Little Steve & the Big Beat as a top-band and a possible closing act for festivals.
In May 2013 the band released their first EP, consisting of 3 original tunes (Working Overtime, Hard Times and Count On You) and 2 covers (Feel So Bad, Slip Away).
In 2015 the band successfully toured with Texan guitar-ace Mike Morgan.
In November 2016 their highly anticipated debut CD “Another Man” was released, which soon received many positive reviews:
“Only the best of the best musicians can swing like this.” - Lust for Life
"An incredibly pleasant listening experience." - Jazzism
"Roll out the 'vintage zebracarpet' for Little Steve & the Big Beat. Irresistible!" - Written in Music
"What else does a person want? Listen to them once and you are sold!" - CtrlAltCountry
“The hottest Dutch rhythm and blues sensation ever, a sublime horn section, stunnin' rhythm section and this Little Steve is an excellent guitarslinger with a soulful voice too." - Rootsville
Next to Steven van der Nat on vocals and guitar the band consists of Thomas Streutgers and Evert Hoedt on tenor and baritone saxophones, Bird Stevens on bass and Jody van Ooijen on drums.
What they are saying....
“The productions sounds fantastic and the band swings like no other. Only the best of the best musicians can swing like this, that’s why we give these new kids on the block a big fat four stars!” - Lust for Life
"This band is unbelievably good!" - Back To The Roots Magazine
"An incredibly pleasant listening experience." – Jazzism
“Debut album ‘Another Man’ reminds us of 60’s Stax recordings.” – Gitarist
“He’s got a nice voice and plays guitar excellently. Little Steve & the Big Beat show us how to mix R’n’B with rock ‘n roll!” – Music Maker
"Little Stevie and the Big Beat proved a real coup. See them and you'll understand what all the fuss is about!" - Blues Matters!
"Terrific band!" - Mark Hummel
"Great guys and they have a real tight sound - a tuff band!" - Charles Baty
"Tight band with superb vocals. The guitar solos made the hairs stand up on the back of your neck - an outstanding performance." - Blues in Britain
"Roll out the 'vintage zebracarpet' for Little Steve & the Big Beat. Irrisitable!" - Written in Music
"A fantastic CD! This new band doesn’t just come knocking at the door, they kick it wide open." – Rootstime
"What else does a person want? Listen to them once and you are sold!" – CtrlAltCountry
“It's like you shake James Hunter and Si Cranstoun in a bowl and you become the hottest Dutch rhythm and blues sensation ever, a sublime horn section, stunnin' rhythm section and this Little Steve is an excellent guitarslinger with a soulful voice too!” - Rootsville
Steven van der Nat - Guitar / Vocals
At the age of just 7 years, and after months of saving money, Steve went down to the local record store to buy his first CD: an Elvis Presley compilation album. After going through his parents' record collection he found this to be the music he connected with most. It wasn't until more than ten years later when he found out where this connection with Elvis' music came from after he started listening to people like Freddie King, Muddy Waters and R.J. Mischo; it was the blues that attracted him to this music.
Steve picked up the guitar while in his late teens and in just a couple of years he was playing blues festivals and clubs around the country with his first band which was called Black Apple. After a short stint with blues/rock band The Doubleshots he joined The Backbones at the end of 2003. The Backbones regularly gigged with the likes of Monster Mike Welch, Hook Herrera, Julian Vaughan, Matt Schofield, Mitch Kashmar, Sax Gordon, Boyd Small, Kurt Crandell, a.o. and this was the best blues guitar school Steve could've wished for.
In 2006 Steven joined Dede Priest. Soon after, in 2007, Steven moved to the country of Malta. After a couple years of not playing any music he started the band The Creepers, with whom he soon played all the major festivals on the island, opened up for David Knopfler (Dire Straits) and played with Kellie Rucker.
Late 2011 Steve moved back to the Netherlands where he started Little Steve & the Big Beat in 2013. They play regularly around The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany area. They have played festivals such as Peer Blues (BE), De Zwarte Cross (NL), Seven Night To Blues (FR), Nuit du Blues (FR).
Steve also plays guitar in the Steven Troch Band (BE/NL) and is currently working on a Truefire Guitar Course, to be released later in 2018.
Bird Stevens - Bass & Backing Vocals
Bird Stevens was born in 1971 and started playing bass when he was 17 years old. He started a band called The Jitterbugs, which one of the first bands that introduced the West coast style in Europe. In 1995 he joined The Blackbirds a bunch of good friends playing American roots music from the 50’s and 60’s, which resulted in playing on a lot of big roots festivals and recordings.
In 2000 he started a new band named after "the big four beat" as played in New Orleans styles of music, namely; The Big Four Quintet, a.k.a. TB4Q (swing groove lounge jazz). During that same year I was also asked by Otis Grand (UK) to join his band which resulted in several tours in countries like Finland, Sweden, Spain & U.K. In 2002 Al Copley (USA - former Roomful of Blues member) asked Bird to join him during his European tours for 2 years.
As a session musician Bird played in several bands with the likes of R.J. Mischo, Teddy Morgan, Sax Gordon, Gene Taylor, Enrico Crivellaro, Nico Backton, Jason Ricci, Karen Carroll, Big Jay McNeely, and many others.
Birds bass playing style is best to be described as "the glue that keeps the whole thing going". He is the kind of bass player that you only hear he’s there when he stops playing... just the right touch at the right time. Bird has been influenced by bass players like Willy Dixon, Keith Ferguson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Herb Gordy (Red Prysock) and Ray Brown.
Jody van Ooijen - Drums
Jody van Ooijen started playing drums at the age of 4. He was spoon-fed by his father and grandfather who were / are also drummers. His very first experience with a band came when he was in secondary school, where he played with various school bands. Things developed fast after that. Jody started a band with friends, which came to be known as ‘Coup de Grace’. With that band he played for a long time. Thereafter, it was the band “The Strikes” that kept Jody busy. With “The Strikes” he played at the larger festivals/concert halls at home and abroad, such as Noorderslag, Northsea Jazz, Moulin Blues, Bluesfestival Peer, Muziekfestival Curacao, 013, Paradiso, Tivoli, Jazz and Blues and jazz Rally Luxemburg, amongst others.
At the moment:
Jody started off in 2008 at the academy of music in Utrecht where he studied percussion at the Jazz / Pop department. Here he received instruction under the tutelage of Andre Groen and Joost Kesselaar.
Jody also gives lessons in drumming and also plays for Qeaux Qeaux Joans, Dede Priest, Rootbag, Coup de Grace, The Shiner Twins, 42nd Street and Pure Soul Power.
Jody spent the past couple of years playing with The Strikes, Duke Robillard, Alex Schultz, Dede Priest, Monster Mike Welch, Mitch Kashmar, Guitar Ray, Hook Herrera, Scott McKeon, Memo Gonzalez, James Harman, Gene Taylor, Oscar Benton, Debby Lee, Matt Schofield, Brian Templeton, amongst others.