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Biography

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 brought him to a position on the faculty at Berklee College of Music. There he continues to inspire new musicians and to perfect his own style.

John has performed as a leader or a sideman with some of America’s finest jazz acts. His compositions and performances cover the spectrum of jazz, from blues to bebop to bossas to swing. John has toured in the United States as well as in Brazil, Germany, France and Switzerland.

John’s newest recording, Concierto Internacional de Jazz, has just been released on the Whaling City Sound Label (WCS 031). Recorded in Brazil during a recent concert tour, Concierto Internacional de Jazz is a collaboration between John and some of Brazil’s most prominent jazz musicians. Stein’s collaborators are superb instrumentalists, and perform with the highest level of musicianship. Flavored by the combined sensibilities of two distinct musical cultures, Concerto Internacional de Jazz features a wonderful variety of musical textures and moods, excellent originals, and an interesting selection of standards.

John's debut CD, Hustle Up! , was released in 1995 on Tightly Knit Records a subsidiary of Knitting Factory Works. John is also featured on the wonderful recording, Ron Gill Sings the Songs of Billy Strayhorn released in December 1997, by WGBH Radio in Boston. John's recording, Green Street featuring reed-playing legend, David "Fathead" Newman, was released in 1999 to critical acclaim. John's third release, in 2000, Portraits and Landscapes features Larry Goldings on piano and organ. Conversation Pieces released in January 2002, is John's second collaboration with David "Fathead" Newman. Interplay, on Azica Records (AJD72226), was released in 2004 and features John with Yoron Israel on drums, and John Lockwood on bass. The trio’s telepathic interaction and superb musicianship generates many spontaneous and exceptional moments.

"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.

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