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08/17 John Stowell & Ellen Johnson
Concert $15

Saturday, August 17th at 7pm | $15

World class guitarist John Stowell is known internationally as a musician with a unique sound supported by a sophisticated harmonic concept. Stowell is known for holding his guitar in a diagonal position facilitating playing close, piano-like voicings. With over 30+ recordings as a leader or sideman Stowell has also shared the stage with some of the most respected musicians and singers in the world including Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Paul Horn, Art Farmer, Mundell Lowe, and countless more. Herb Ellis, one of the most influential jazz guitarists, was quoted, “More guitarists would play like John Stowell if they knew how.”

In 1976 Stowell formed a duo with bassist David Friesen recording and touring internationally for seven years. Their album Through the Listening Glass was chosen

one of the “Ten Best Jazz Albums of the Decade” by the Los Angeles Examiner. Stowell teaches all over the word as an artist-in-residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, Canada and the USA. He has several educational books and videos including, Jazz Guitar Mastery and Modern Chord Melody.

Stowell will be joined by vocalist and educator Ellen Johnson described by Jazz Journal International as “superior jazz singing by an artist of the highest quality.” Johnson has performed with many fine musicians including Charles McPherson, Louie Bellson, Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, and Don Braden. Stowell and Johnson have been making music together for more than 30 years and in 2015 recorded Form & Formless creating spontaneous improvisations. Both musicians believe the basis of innovation is the ability to create something out of nothing transforming the music into their own vision. Jazz Times wrote, “When it comes to shaping wordless gems, Johnson packs as imaginative a wallop as the mighty Bobby McFerrin.”

Quotes about John Stowell:

“The quality of your playing impresses me very much. You have great taste and sensitivity. You’re a true musician, and I would add, a true jazz musician”. Lalo Schifrin

“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

“John Stowell plays jazz, but he doesn’t use any of the clichés; he has an incredible originality. John is a master creator.” Larry Coryell

“I’ve been a fan of John Stowell’s for some time.” Mundell Lowe

“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

“John Stowell’s approach to harmony that is uniquely his own.” Just Jazz Guitar
"Stowell played beautifully, combining his trademark creamy chord voicings with long, sinewy phrases." -

Seattle Times

"Stowell made his electric guitar sing beautifully, displaying all the virtuosity that has brought him to the jazz world's attention in recent years." - Coda Magazine, Toronto


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