Born: June 1 Primary Instrument: Piano
Pianist/composer Joan Stiles has been gaining recognition for her highly creative approach to the jazz tradition. She recently joined the roster of pianists who have appeared on Marian McPartland’s PianoJazz show and she was profiled on WBGO’s hour-long “Jazz from the Archives” broadcast. Her 2nd CD, Hurly-Burly garnered a 4-star review from Downbeat Magazine and topped JazzWeek Radio charts. Ted Panken writes, “Joan Stiles possesses the chops, craft, imagination, wit and sophistication to be mentioned iwith the most distinguished descendants of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and Mary Lou Williams.”...
With Stiles and Monk, wit and beauty are not mutually exclusive. Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes
Joan Stiles writes and plays brilliantly with great respect for melody and clarity...She is an authentic original. Dave Frishberg
Swings with wit and verve, brimming with the joyous flair of a Wynton Kelly or Erroll Garner...hauntingly beautiful arrangements. Bill Milkowski
Stiles salutes Mary Lou Williams with her inventive original composition, Hurly-Burly, a challenging bop vehicle that is worthy of comparison to late Williams' work. Ken Dryden, Billboard, All Music Guide
Adventure, daring, exuberance and wit...I can't think of a new recording in years [Hurly-Burly] that has given me more enjoyment. Doug Ramsey
Personnel: Joan Stiles: piano, arrangements; Joel Frahm: tenor/soprano saxophone; Matt Wilson: drums.
Hurly-Burly (Oo-Bla-Dee, 2007)
Personnel: Joan Stiles: piano, arrangements; Jeremy Pelt: trumpet; Steve Wilson: alto sax; Joel Frahm: tenor sax; Peter Washington: bass; Lewis Nash: drums.
Love Call (Zoho, 2004- now on Oo-Bla-Dee)
Personnel: Clark Terry: fluegelhorn; Warren Vache: trumpet; Jerry Dodgion: alto sax; Frank Wess: tenor sax; Joe Temperley: baritone sax; Wayne Goodman, trombone; Benny Powell: trombone; Jon Webber: bass; Greg Hutchinson, drums
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New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Instructor, Manhattan School of Music, NY, NY; Instructor, The New School Jazz Program, NY, NY; Private teaching studio, Upper West side, Manhattan, NY, NY.