John Stowell: Secrets of Melodic Minor and Voicings You Haven't Played Before
John Stowell began his successful career in the early 1970s with private study with guitarist Linc Chamberland and pianist John Mehegan. Both men were valuable mentors, allowing Stowell to play with them as he progressed in his development. Several years later he met bassist David Friesen in New York, and they formed a duo that recorded and toured prolifically for seven years, with performances in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. The duo continues to perform 30 years after their first meeting.
In 1983, Stowell and and Friesen joined flutist Paul Horn and Horn's son Robin (on drums) for a historic tour of the Soviet Union. This was the first time in 40 years that an American jazz group had been invited to play public performances in Russia. In 1993, 1995, and 1998 Stowell returned to Russia, playing in numerous cities. His two sold-out performances in Kursk may have been the first appearances there by an American jazz musician.
Stowell continues to tour, record and teach internationally. He has been artist-in-residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, the United States, and Canada. He served as assistant director and performer in Oregon Public Broadcasting's PDX Jazz Summit in 1991, and since 1995 has been a contributing columnist for a number of magazines, including DownBeat, Guitar Player, Canadian Musician, Soundcheck (Germany), and Guitar Club (Italy).