|Birth name John F. Stowell|
Origin New York
Name John Stowell
Years active 1970–present
|Born July 30, 1950 (age 65)
New York (1950-07-30) |
Role Guitarist · johnstowell.com
Albums Live Beauty, The Banff Sessions, Solitary Tales
Similar People David Friesen, Kendra Shank, Michael Zilber, David Liebman, Michael Allen Harrison
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John F. Stowell (born July 30, 1950) is an American jazz guitarist, composer, author, and lecturer.
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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
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.
Stowell's Through the Listening Glass with David Friesen was chosen Best Jazz Albums of the Decade by the Los Angeles Examiner; he was chosen as a Talent Deserving Wider Recognition by Down Beat 's International Critic's Poll in 1978 and 1979.
with Michael Zilber