*location moved to First Baptist Church 969 Burrard St.
Steinway Artist John Stetch is a 6-time Juno Nominee, and has written over 50 compositions for solo piano, jazz combo and more recently some classical chamber formats. He has worked at the top clubs of New York City including Mezzrow, Smalls, Smoke and the Jazz Standard, played on many continents, toured Canada a dozen times as a leader, and was a member of Rufus Reid’s group for nearly a decade. He taught at Cornell University for several years, won the Prix Du Jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 1998, and was a finalist in the Thelonious International Monk Competition twice – once as a composer and once as a performer. Stetch is especially interested in blurring the lines between classical and jazz , and fusing ethnic or popular music with his personal jazz stamp. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music in classical Composition at UBC and is on the faculty of the VSO School of Music. Stetch just recorded his 16th album – “Ballads for Solo Piano”.
“Like hearing a painting by Miro or Matisse come to life…playful technique and unfettered imagination.” ~ Paul de Barros, Downbeat
“Fantastic! Truly personal takes on the classics.” ~ Joseph Lin, The Julliard String Quartet
“John’s whimsical piano-playing and improvisations are totally engaging and fun to listen to.” ~Lisa Kaplan, 3-time Grammy winner of Eighth Blackbird