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 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.
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