John Stowell

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John Stowell
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John Stowell at a concert in Bad Marienberg, Westerwald, November 2010
Background information
Born (1950-07-30) July 30, 1950 (age 70)
New York
Genres Jazz
Years active1970–present
Labels Origin
Associated acts David Friesen, Michael Zilber
John Stowell (2019) in Aarhus, Denmark John-Stowell DSC07894.jpg
John Stowell (2019) in Aarhus, Denmark

John F. Stowell (born July 30, 1950) is an American jazz guitarist, composer, author, and lecturer.



Stowell, who plays electric and acoustic guitar, was born in New York and raised in Connecticut. He had private studies with Linc Chamberland and John Mehegan. Several years later he met bassist David Friesen in New York City. Stowell took a trip to Portland, Oregon, where Friesen lives, and decided to stay. The two formed a duo in 1976 that recorded and toured prolifically for seven years, with performances in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. The duo continues to perform thirty years after their first meeting. In 1983, Stowell and David Friesen joined flutist Paul Horn and Paul's son Robin Horn (on drums) for a tour of the Soviet Union. In 1977 Stowell recorded his debut album Golden Delicious; his sidemen were Jim McNeely, Mike Richmond, and Billy Hart [1]

Stowell teaches internationally. He has been an artist-in-residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, the United States and Canada. He served as assistant director and performer at Oregon Public Broadcasting's PDX Jazz Summit in 1991, and since 1995 has been a contributing columnist for a number of magazines, including Down Beat , Guitar Player , Canadian Musician , Soundcheck (Germany), and Guitar Club (Italy). In Germany, he teaches at Jazz & Rock Schulen Freiburg with Frank Haunschild, with whom he plays regularly. He has also worked with Uwe Kropinski, Dave Liebman, Hiram Mutschler, Gérard Pansanel, Gustavo Assis-Brasil, David Becker, and Nicolao Valiensi. In 2005 he published Jazz Guitar Mastery (book and DVD).

Stowell holds his guitar in a diagonal position, which facilitates playing close, piano-like voicings more comfortably. [2]


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  1. Album Review: Golden Delicious at AllMusic . Retrieved November 13, 2010.
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