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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 a Professor in the Harmony Department.

John Stein is an experienced teacher, clinician, recording artist, and author. John has performed as a leader or a sideman with some of the world's finest jazz acts, and his compositions and performances cover the spectrum of jazz styles.

John is a prolific recording artist as a leader, in addition to the contributions he has made to other artists' projects. His newest recording, Wood and Strings [WSC 093], was released in April, 2017.

John published educational columns in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine for many years that focus on composition and arranging for jazz guitar. Berklee Press has published John's arranging materials in a book that is now available, entitled: “Berklee Jazz Standards For Solo 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.”

“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

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- You won't hear a fresher, more poignant, jazz energy anywhere else on the planet today. This one gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me, as well as the “PICK” of this issue for “best guitar jazz” album. Dick Metcalf aka Rotcod Zzaj

- 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

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Album Watershed by John Stein


Whaling City Sound

Album Color Tones by John Stein

Color Tones

Whaling City Sound

Album Wood and Strings by John Stein

Wood and Strings

Whaling City Sound

Album Emotion by John Stein


Whaling City Sound

Album Bing Bang Boom! by John Stein

Bing Bang Boom!

Whaling City Sound

Album Hi Fly by John Stein

Hi Fly

Whaling City Sound




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