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Biography

I have been playing guitar for more than 25 years. I grew up with Jazz around the house listening to the sounds of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. My father was a Jazz trumpet player and trumpet was my first instrument in my early years.

I have studied Jazz guitar over the years with a number of teachers privately that recently include Steve Erquiaga, Bruce Forman, Morris Acevedo, Jack Gates and Adam Levy. I played in the Alameda College Big Band under the direction of Bill Bell for a number of years and studied with Ed Kelly at Laney College. I have also studied Jazz Theory with Mark Levine at the Jazz School in Berkeley.

I was a founding member of the Berkeley Jazz Guitar Ensemble, a group of five guitarists that played written arrangements of compositions by Duke Ellington, Joe Henderson, Pat Metheny and others. The Berkeley Jazz Guitar Ensemble, directed by Morris Acevedo, played a special concert "Guitar Madness" produced by Dr. Herb Wong and included performances by Bruce Forman, Randy Vincent and others.

My own six piece Jazz group played at Mayor Jerry Brown's inaugural celebration in January 1999 at a large festive music extravaganza at the Oakland Museum. In addition to playing the standard Jazz repertoire, I write my own compositions which are influenced by multicultural world beat African and Brazilian sounds, a strong melodic sense and the blues.

I have my Masters in Fine Art from the University of California at Berkeley and am a practicing visual artist as well as a Jazz musician.

contact me at...

3016 Filbert Street,
Studio #4
Oakland, Ca. 94608
ph. 510.547.8846
e-mail -
larrystefl@mac.com

photo by Katherine Westerhout