Stan blends a variety of musical styles and songs with traditional jazz sounds. Cool, Be-bop, Latin, Rock, Reggae and today's Contemporary Jazz are combined to create his unique flavor. Stan's wide-ranging repertoire includes original compositions, jazz standards, and Django Reinhardt compositions, as well as drawing on modern classics by Sting/The Police, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Stone Temple Pilots and Green Day to name a few.
Jazz Prose is Stan's backup group, which can range from an acoustic bass player to a five piece jazz ensemble including saxophone. The various configurations may also include a percussionist for the Latin Jazz sound.
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Inspired by an Herb Ellis recording his parents owned, Stan began guitar lessons at the age of eight . After seven years of private lessons, Stan began his professional career performing on the guitar in an accordion-based pop/polka band and an all-original jazz/rock band.
Two years later Stan enrolled in the Phoenix College School of Music to explore and further his music skills. At Phoenix College, Stan studied classical and jazz guitar along with composition, theory, acoustics, photography, and other related art and music fields. Stan pursued a degree in Jazz Performance at Arizona State University. He received private lessons from several internationally renowned jazz guitarists including Joe Pass, Gene Bertoncini and Joe D'orio.
Stan has performed as a solo guitarist and with his various bands locally and internationally, working with such greats as Nancy Wilson, Jimmy Smith, Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone, Jeffrey Osborne, The Fifth Dimension and many others. Stan's various jazz ensembles have performed at numerous festivals and have opened for Ella Fitzgerald, Burt Bacharach, David Benoit, Ray Charles and others in his long and varied career. Stan has played in the Phoenix Symphony and orchestras for many professional touring-company Broadway style musicals including Zorba the Greek (starring Anthony Quinn), Annie, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Aida and Hairspray. Most recently, Stan has had the pleasure to perform with the Phoenix Symphony backing Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell as well as their Gershwin and Rogers and Hart programs. Stan also has played with Delphine Cortez, Margo Reed, Dennis Rowland and jazz greats, George Benson and Joey DeFrancesco besides performing at his own gigs.
Past Booked Events
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