Born: June 19, 1949 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Internationally renowned jazz guitarist John Stein was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri USA where he took up his instrument at an early age. His talent for and love of music ultimately earned him a faculty position at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he is an Associate Professor in the Harmony Department.
John has performed as a leader or a sideman with some of the world's finest jazz acts, including collaborations with John LaPorta, David Fathead Newman, Larry Goldings, Bill Pierce, Zé Eduardo Nazario, John Lockwood, and many others. His compositions and performances cover the spectrum of jazz, from blues to bebop to bossa to swing. John has toured in the United States as well as in Brazil, Germany, France and Switzerland, and enjoys playing in a variety of contexts — from solo guitar to large ensembles.
John is a proliferate recording artist and has released many albums as a leader in addition to the contributions he has made to other artists' projects.
His newest recording, Bing Bang Boom! [WSC 062], was released in February 2013 by Whaling City Sound.
John has published educational columns in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine for many years that focus on composition and arranging for jazz guitar.
He has compiled the compositional materials into two books that are now available: Composing Blues For Jazz Performance, and Composing Tunes For Jazz Performance. The books are available in a spiral bound version that includes a CD with all the recorded examples, or in digital format for Kindle, Nook, and iBooks.
Berklee Press has published John's arranging materials in a book that is now available, entitled: Berklee Jazz Standards For Solo Guitar. The book includes a CD containing John's recorded performances of all the arrangements.
John has long been affiliated with Berklee College of Music and is an experienced teacher, clinician, recording artist, author, and performer.
My music is the result of a lifetime's involvement with my instrument, the guitar, and many hours studying theory, composition, arranging, and musical history, says John. His warm and deeply expressive creative jazz performances move and excite audiences wherever he appears.
- John Stein . . . the poet of the classical jazz guitar. Dick Crockett The Voice - 88.7fm
- John Stein is one of the great guitarists, in the tradition of Joe Pass and Tal Farlow. Raising The Roof proves my point! Ron Della Chiesa - WPLM, 99.1 fm
- What a gift this man has. He's in an elite class: a mere handful of jazz guitarists who consistently put taste above chops and flash. John Stein has the ability to say so much more with less effort than most of his contemporaries can muster. Wayne Everett Goins, KC JAM
- Stein has the touch - a bond with the guitar that only comes from deep spiritual dedication to those strings. Playing a collection of songs so sweetly is a sign of pure musical intelligence. Layla Macoran - Jazz Inside New York
- His guitar work steals the show. Even though he's all about understatement, pulling out poignant lines and complex, Joe Pass-like chordal journeys, Stein simply can't help but impress. Jim Allen - LimeWire Store
- John Stein is one of the finest jazz guitarists you'll ever hear, with beautiful touch, tone, swing, detail, and emotion. He is what you might call deep mainstream, surprising at every turn with familiar material. Working with a clean, undistorted classic jazz-guitar sound, he renders maximum swing and expression. There's a wealth of detail - the dips and turns of phrases, accents falling like words - that he gets at even the fastest tempos. Jon Garelick - The Boston Phoenix
John Stein, Bing Bang Boom! (Whaling City Sound, 2013)
John Stein, Hi Fly (Whaling City Sound, 2011)
John Stein, Raising The Roof (Whaling City Sound, 2009)
John Stein/Ron Gill, Turn Up The Quiet (Whaling City Sound, 2009)
John Stein, Encounterpoint (Whaling City Sound, 2008)
John Stein, Green Street (Whaling City Sound, 2007)
John Stein, Concerto Internacional de Jazz (Whaling City Sound, 2006)
John Stein, Interplay (Azica, 2004)
John Stein, Conversation Pieces (Jardis, 2001)
John Stein, Portraits and Landscapes (Jardis, 2000)
John Stein, Hustle Up! (Tightlyknit Records, 1995)
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