Putting his own personal stamp on each of his distinctive renditions, award-winning pianist John Stetch pushes the boundaries of his jazz and classical training to incorporate melodies from all around the world and across North American culture; from Mozart to Ukrainian folk music to the theme from The Love Boat. Since his late start on the piano at 19 years of age, John has toured extensively in many continents, performing and collaborating with classical, world, and jazz greats such as Rufus Reid, Seamus Blake, and Mark Turner. John has released 16 albums, of which 6 were Juno nominated, and won the Prix du Jazz award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Stetch taught jazz piano for many years at Cornell University, and taught combos and piano proficiency at Ithaca College while collaborating with faculty in frequent concerts. This past April, he completed over a dozen public school workshops in Edmonton including the gigantic Victoria School for the Arts and the Suzuki Charter School. There, he collaborated and jammed with students, had engaging discussions, and performed for them. A Steinway Artist, John Stetch recently relocated to Vancouver.
TESTIMONIALS FOR OFF WITH THE CUFFS (jazz re-arrangements and improvisations on Mozart, Bach, Chopin and Shostakovitch) :
“John's vibrant, whimsical and piano-playing is totally engaging - Off With The Cuffs highlights his witty and clever sense of improvisation, and is great fun to listen to.
- Lisa Kaplan, 3-time Grammy winner, Eighth Blackbird
"Imaginative, rigorous, and truly personal takes on the classics!"
- Joseph Lin, The Julliard String Quartet
“FANTASTIC! There is such clarity and so much humor in Stetch’s playing! I have always loved that about him.”
- Rufus Reid, bassist, composer and bandleader
"John Stetch has a unique voice and travels freely between musical styles. He does all of this with overwhelming virtuosity".
- Alex Fiterstein, clarinetist, 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient