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Dynamic straight ahead jazz when NYC guitarist and Cleveland Native returns for hometown gig.

“one of the finest straight-ahead jazz guitarists on the current NYC jazz scene.”
- Robert Silverstein, MWE3.com

From his fresh interpretations of jazz standards, to his lyrically evocative originals, Brooklyn-based guitarist Rick Stone is an artist with a clear musical vision. His fluid, full-bodied sound pays homage to the great jazz masters of the past while maintaining a personal style with a contemporary edge.

Rick is a respected teacher at Jazzmobile, BCM, Hofstra and other. His trio performs regularly at the Garage, the Bar Next Door and other NYC venues. In 2010 and 2011 he toured Italy extensively as a guest artist and clinician.

Rick’s latest CD Fractals (2011) features his working trio with bassist Marco Panascia and drummer Tom Pollard. Says Tim Fischer in Just Jazz Guitar “Stone comes across as a solid bebop guitarist, updating his harmonic and melodic language to include the developments of the younger generation of New York guitarists. Odd-time modifications to standards, wide-interval exercises, and exotic modal intros are just a few of the more modern devices Stone explores throughout the album.”

Rick Stone began playing guitar at age nine in his hometown of Cleveland. He developed an early affinity for the blues, but it was in the mid-seventies that his passion for jazz was sparked after hearing a live performance of saxophonist Sonny Stitt. His musical quest led him to Berklee College of Music and then on to New York where he found a fertile and stimulating environment in Barry Harris’ Jazz Cultural Theatre. While studying with the legendary pianist, Rick honed his craft sitting in alongside veteran players like Tommy Flanagan, Lionel Hampton, Clarence “C” Sharpe, and Junior Cook. Then, under the tutelage of jazz masters Jimmy Heath, Ted Dunbar, Donald Byrd, Tony Purrone and Hal Galper, he earned his M.A. at Queens College.

Soon Rick was developing a reputation in his own right, leading all-star groups with musicians like Kenny Barron, Eric Alexander, Vernel Fournier, Richard Wyands, Ralph Lalama, Dennis Irwin and Billy Hart in performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, The Smithsonian Institution, The Blue Note and Birdland. His recordings Blues For Nobody, Far East and Samba de Novembro have achieved wide critical acclaim.
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By: Nighttown