Spotlight…John Stowell

The name John Stowell may not be a household name outside the world of jazz, but we hope to change that to some degree in February. Beginning a successful career in the early 1970s, John studied with guitarist Linc Chamberland and Julliard music professor and jazz pianist, John Mehegan. Both men were valuable mentors to John, allowing him to play with them as he progressed in his development. Several years later he met bassist David Friesen in New York City, and they formed a duo that recorded and toured prolifically for seven years, with performances in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. In 1983, John and David, joined by flutist Paul Horn and Paul’s son Robin, made history touring of the Soviet Union. For the first time in forty years, an American jazz group had been invited to play public performances in Russia. Throughout the 90s, John returned to Russia, playing in numerous cities to sold-out performances, and in Kursk, is said to have been the first appearance by an American jazz musician.John continues to tour, record and teach internationally. He has been Artist-In-Residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, and in the United States and Canada. He served as assistant director and performer in Oregon Public Broadcasting’s PDX Jazz Summit in 1991, and since 1995 has been a contributing columnist for a number of magazines, including “Downbeat”, “Guitar Player”, “Canadian Musician”, “Soundcheck” (Germany), and “Guitar Club” (Italy). 7 PM at the Dante Club 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento.Join us on February 11, 2019 as the Sacramento Jazz Coop proudly presents the John Stowell Quartet featuring Kerry Kashiwagi on bass, Jack Stanfill on drums, Jeff Alkire on sax., and John Stowell on guitar. Tickets at

  • “In the age of mediocrity and clones, John Stowell’s uniqueness and originality are a breath of fresh air. I love playing with him. – Paul Horn
  • “More guitarists would play like John Stowell if they knew how.” – Herb Ellis
  • “Can make an electric guitar sound like a singing voice.” – Nat Hentoff
  • “ Guitarist John Stowell’s style with standards is a delightful departure from the road well traveled. He transcends the label of jazz guitarist.” – Los Angeles Times
  • “He plays his amplified guitar as if he were surrounded by fine crystal… the type of slow-burning sustained energy that you hear in players that practice all the time.” – Downbeat

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