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John Stein

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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 was 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

Album

Lifeline

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2022
Track listing: Up and at 'Em; Brazilian Hug; Invitation; Hotcakes; Jo Ann; The Roundabout; Django; On Green Dolphin Street; Recoleta; Funkin' It Up; A Weaver of Dreams; Modinha; You'd Be so Nice to Come Home To; Nica's Dream; Moonlight in Vermont; Four Corners; Elvin!; Green Street; Love Dance; Ira's Tango; The Night Has a Thousand Eyes; I Remember You; Labor of Love; A Taste of Honey; Sugar; Le Causse du Quercy.

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News: Recording

John Stein: 'Lifeline'

John Stein: 'Lifeline'

It's rare when a two-album set is released celebrating the career of a living jazz artist. It's even more rare that the double album should now be No. 4 on JazzWeek's jazz album chart. That's exactly what has happened with John Stein's Lifeline (Whaling City Sound). Both accomplishments are a testament to John's straight-up swing and ...

Album

Serendipity

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2021
Track listing: Alfie’s Theme; On Green Dolphin Street; Well, You Needn’t; Labor of Love; Insensatez (How Insensitive; Bing Bang Boom!; Elvin!; The Night Has a Thousand Eyes; East of the Sun and West of the Moon; Happy Hour

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Pat Metheny, Roland Hanna, Charlie Porter and more!

Read "Pat Metheny, Roland Hanna, Charlie Porter and more!" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We celebrate the early life of a Kansas City legend in guitarist Pat Metheny by way of the new book by author Carolyn Glenn Brewer called Beneath Missouri Skies. The 723rd Episode begins with a song off Side-Eye NYC. Then, we hear Pat's older brother Mike Metheny. From there, we celebrate new releases from Greg Germann, ...

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Article: Album Review

John Stein: Serendipity

Read "Serendipity" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Guitarist John Stein's Massachusetts-based trio strides in with charm and confidence on Serendipity, a frame of mind that prevails throughout an album whose name was inspired by a concert-that-wasn't but eventually was, thanks to live-streaming, during a massive and deadly global pandemic. That concert, planned for an outdoor venue in New Bedford, was derailed by Covid-19 ...

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News: Recording

One Of Those Nights: 'Serendipity' Is The Sound Of John Stein And His Trio Finding A Way To Get Beautiful Music Into The Hearts And Hands Of Jazz Fans, Despite The Odds

One Of Those Nights: 'Serendipity' Is The Sound Of John Stein And His Trio Finding A Way To Get Beautiful Music Into The Hearts And Hands Of Jazz Fans, Despite The Odds

Like many serious musicians, John Stein was trying to find a way to reach his audience following the Covid-19 breakout. He had just released Watershed, a career- defining recording to mark his planned retirement from Berklee College of Music, where he was an acclaimed educator. Of course, as with live music in general, the tour in ...

Album

Watershed

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2020
Track listing: Rio Escuro; Kobe; Taste of Honey; Brazilian Hug; Mystified; Wally; The Kicker; Waltz New; Cisco; Dreamsville; Charlotte; The Hang.

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Article: Album Review

John Stein: Watershed

Read "Watershed" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


As his eleventh release on the label, Watershed continues the elegant and blissful creative marriage between guitarist John Stein and Whaling City Sound. A good marriage is based in compromise, in accommodating give-and-take, and Stein's give-and-take with this rhythm section of bassist Frank Herzberg, drummer Zé Eduardo Nazario and pianist Daniel Grajew creates beautiful, delightful music. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Al Di Meola, Richie Cole, Oscar Peterson and More

Read "Al Di Meola, Richie Cole, Oscar Peterson and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we feature guitarist Al Di Meola with music off his 2020 Tribute to The Beatles, Across the Universe. We pay deep respects to the late Richie Cole and honor the spirit of Bootsie Barnes. We continue bringing you jazz in all its current and progressive forms to cope with this COVID-19 world.


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