Born in Italy, Jan’s early attraction to guitar started at a very early age. He was exposed and influenced by a variety of music genres. He's not easily categorized, since his playing is a creative blend of styles. Jan has performed, toured and recorded with some of the most respected names in the industry including Hiram Bullock, Bob Reynolds, Jure Pukl, Dean Brown, Vardan Ovsepian, Damian Erskine, Stef Burns, J Kyle Gregory, Chaun Duprè Horton, Tatiana Parra, Ziv Ravitz, Marco Panascia, Janek Gwizdala, Joe Sanders, Audun Waage, Colin Stranahan, Alba Nacinovich, Marko Churnchetz, Sam Minaie, Lawrence Leathers, Alessandro Turchet and many others.
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“Jan Sturiale is part of the unconventional group of jazz musicians that mix the tradition of creative jazz language with the spirit of rock music and a classical background. His ability to translate his varied musical influences into a coherent jazz language gives his compositions a distinctive character ” – Jazz In Europe
“Jan is a complex individual, a piercing intellect coupled with a depth of feeling. These characteristics are manifested equally in his music. His warmth and profound emotion permeate his music, which is filled with personality and diversity of mood.” – Vardan Ovsepian, Pianist
“Jan is an excellent musician. He actively performs, writes and teaches music at a high level. He displays excellent technique on the guitar. He is also a prolific composer .
On a personal level, Jan is a warm and sincere individual. I consider him to be the ideal peer to musicians in the professional world. He is easy to work with and highly professional.” – Tim Miller, Guitarist
“As a concert artist and music instructor at the Musicians Institute (MI/GIT) for over thirty years, I see many talented musicians from around the world. I have rarely seen a musician with his blend of talent and expertise in modern music. His knowledge, experience and originality make his work exceptional, He has an understanding of both American and European music and has developed aesthetics combining the two traditions. ” – Sid Jacobs, Guitarsist
In September of 2014, Jan released “Electric Water” recorded in Los Angeles at Tritone Studio and engineered in New York by John Davis from “Nerve”, the album features Jan on guitar and compositions, Bob Reynolds, Vardan Ovsepian, Damian Erskine, Chaun Horton and also showcases Tatiana Parra on three titles.
In 2016 Jan recorded “Two Roads” at Samurai Hotel Studio in New York that features Audun Waage, Marko Churnchetz, Joe Sanders and Ziv Ravitz.