John Stowell is an in-demand clinician as a jazz guitarist. He has taught internationally since the late 1970’s, frequently doing short residencies. In addition to being a virtuoso soloist, he has been called an inspiration to students at every level of musical development because of his wonderful ability to translate complicated theory into meaningful insights and creative applications. He is known for his pragmatic, intuitive teaching style that involves his students and helps them find their own voices in the music. John is able to speak with authority about the music business as well as a result of his long tenure as a working and touring player.
“The purpose of my clinics is to provide insights into both the technical and creative processes for both the student musicians and the serious listener. An informal performance by me is followed by an open-ended question and answer session covering topics ranging from the nature of improvisation and harmony to elements of the music business and self-promotion. In a master class setting, specific demonstrations of scales, substitutions, chord construction and embellishment will also be addressed. Students are also encouraged to play with me and in their own ensembles. Constructive evaluations and critiques will follow.”