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Joan Stiles

Pianist/composer Joan Stiles has been gaining recognition for her highly creative approach to the jazz tradition. She recently joined the roster of pianists who have appeared on Marian McPartland’s PianoJazz show and she was profiled on WBGO’s hour-long “Jazz from the Archives” broadcast. Her 2nd CD, Hurly-Burly garnered a 4-star review from Downbeat Magazine and topped JazzWeek Radio charts. Ted Panken writes, “Joan Stiles possesses the chops, craft, imagination, wit and sophistication to be mentioned iwith the most distinguished descendants of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and Mary Lou Williams.”

Stiles’ 3rd CD, Three Musicians (Fall 2011 release on Oo-Bla-Dee records) is an adventurous trio outing with repertoire ranging from standards, show tunes, Monk, Strayhorn, Mary Lou Williams to Beatles and Clapton. Highlights include collages on LOVE— “In the Sunshine of My Funny Valentine’s Love” and MONEY — ““Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” meets “Can’t Buy Me Love.” Stiles' compositions, “West End Boogie,” a soulful rhythmic odd-meter blues, and her Gillespie/Dameron- inspired “Bebopicity” add to the eclectic mix.

In Pablo Picasso’s iconic Cubist masterpiece “Three Musicians,” the Spanish painter constructs a joyous geometric collage portraying himself and two close friends as a carnivalesque combo. On pianist Joan Stiles’ consistently inspired new CD, Three Musicians, she’s created an equally vivid portrait of bold artists in action, a captivating aural collage full of witty, often jaw- dropping juxtapositions (she’s also responsible for the CD’s smart cover art, a Picasso homage-collage).

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”Joan Stiles possesses the chops, craft, imagination, wit and sophistication to be mentioned with the most distinguished descendants of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Mary Lou Williams.” — Ted Panken, Downbeat

“With Stiles and Monk, wit and beauty are not mutually exclusive.” — Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes

“Joan Stiles writes and plays brilliantly with great respect for melody and clarity...She is an authentic original.” — Dave Frishberg

“Swings with wit and verve, brimming with the joyous flair of a Wynton Kelly or Erroll Garner...hauntingly beautiful arrangements.” — Bill Milkowski

“Stiles salutes Mary Lou Williams with her inventive original composition, “Hurly-Burly,” a challenging bop vehicle that is worthy of comparison to late Williams' work.” — Ken Dryden, Billboard, All Music Guide

“Adventure, daring, exuberance and wit...I can't think of a new recording in years [Hurly-Burly] that has given me more enjoyment.” — Doug Ramsey

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New York City

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Instructor, Manhattan School of Music, NY, NY; Instructor, The New School Jazz Program, NY, NY; Private teaching studio, Upper West side, Manhattan, NY, NY.



Three Musicians

Oo-Bla-Dee Music



Oo-Bla-Dee Music


Love Call

Zoho Music


Love Call

Zoho Music


West End Boogie

From: Three Musicians
By Joan Stiles



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