From fresh interpretations of jazz standards, to lyrically evocative originals, New York City based guitarist Rick Stone is an artist with a clear musical vision. His fluid, full-bodied sound pays homage to the great jazz guitar masters of the past while maintaining a personal style with a contemporary edge.
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December 1, 2013
Lots of great stuff happening.  Aside from a busy teaching year, I've been enjoying playing with Vince Giordano and Nighthawks, Carol Sudhalter and the Astoria Jazz Band, Carol Leven and the New Standards, Keith Gurland, Sol Yaged, Sandy Sasso, and of course the Rick Stone Trio!

This month the Rick Stone Trio will be appearing at the Bar Next Door (12/14) and the Garage (12/19).  I'll also be with the New Standards at Something Jazz (12/12), the Nighthawks at Tira a Segno (12/28) and Sandy Sasso at the Tides Hotel (Asbury Park, 12/31).  Get full gig details on my Calendar.

Planning a holiday party?  Why not consider live music?  My groups play jazz styles ranging from the 1920s to today!  There's still time and I'll be happy to work with you to provide music that will make your event a special one that your guests will remember for years to come.  Email

I'd also like to let you know that we're running a special on all my CD titles for the entire month of December.  Buy any physical CD for the regular price and get 50% of for additional copies at
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August 1, 2013

Today marks exactly 25 years to the day, since Kenny Barron, Don Gladstone, Curtis Boyd and I went into MRC - Manhattan Recording Company (8/1/1988) and recorded The Rick Stone Quartet "Far East." So to celebrate, we're having a $5.00 off sale for the month of August. Don't miss out. Get yours today at CDBaby.

In a couple weeks I'll be back in Cleveland for my Annual hometown gig at Nighttown on 8/18.  With me will be Ashley Summers (bass) and Ron Godale (drums). 

Then back to New York for some duos with the great Harvie S (bass) at Bettolona on 8/20 and 8/27, and the Rick Stone Trio featuring Harvie S (bass) and Rob Garcia (drums) play the Garage on 8/21.   Check my calendar for full gig details.

July 9, 2013
It was with great regret that I had to cancel my Italy tour this summer, but it was necessary due to many commitments closer to home, not the least of which is my website   We're in the process of making a ton of new video lessons so if you haven't visited the site in awhile, I encourage you to check it out.

Meanwhile, I'm playing a lot of gigs closer to home.  

Friday, July 19th, 2013
Come check out The Rick Stone Trio at our favorite NYC venue:  the Bar Next Door at La Lanterna, . Shows start at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30.  With me will be bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Joe Strasser. The Rick Stone Trio "Fractals" made the #5 spot on Jazzweek and was among their Top-100 Jazz CDs for 2011. The Bar Next Door is a wonderful, intimate jazz listening room located at 129 MacDougal Street (between W3rd and W4th) in the heart of Greenwich Village. There is a $12 cover charge per show. Reservations are suggested. Call 212-529-5945.

Sunday, August 18th, 2013
I play my annual hometown engagement at Nighttown.  Ashley Summers (bass) and Ron Godale (drums).  We always look forward to these gigs and seeing a lot of great Cleveland friends.  Shows at 7pm and 9pm. Nighttown is located at 12387 Cedar Rd. Cleveland, OH.  For reservations call: (216) 795-0550.

The Rick Stone Trio continues it's regular series at the Garage; Wednesday, July 10th with Harvie S (bass) and Joe Strasser (drums); and Wednesday, August 21st. with Harvie S (bass) and TBA (drums).   99 7th Avenue South (at Grove Street) Rick Stone Trio with Harvie S (bass) & Joe Strasser (drums).  Music from 6-10pm, No cover.

Sometimes gigs come up at the last minute and don't always make it onto the newsletter or this page, so please check out my calendar for the latest info.

February 15, 2013
After a busy January and  a little bout with the flu, we're back!  The teaching year is in full swing and some nice gigs coming up.  Thursday, February 28 the Rick Stone Trio with Harvie S (bass) and Rob Garcia (drums) plays the Garage Restuarant and then Friday, March 8 we'll be at the Bar Next Door (with Tom Pollard on drums).   Thursday March 14 I'll be at the Moda Cafe and Wine Bar with vocalist Carol Leven and then Saturday, March 16 at the 55 Bar with vocalist Sandy Sasso.  Thursday, March 21 finds us back at the Garage (full details are on my calendar page).

But the real exciting news is that I'm going to Italy again this summer to teach a week long Jazz Guitar Workshop at an Arts Retreat run by Lucy and Marcus Toop.  You'll spend every day playing guitar and learning advanced techniques for improvisation, comping, ear-training, and repertoire development.  The workshop is held in the beautiful Umbria countryside only an hour outside of Perugia.  Better still, it's immediately before the world famous Umbria Jazz Festival (about an hour away), so you can  go for concerts and  jam sessions as well.   The Workshop cost includes lodging and is only £495 for shared Double room or £455 to stay in the Bunkhouse.  There are also workshops for Saxophone, Life Line Art, Painting, Beekeeping and Truffles!  Visit their website for details  Art Holiday Italy!

I'll no doubt be playing other gigs in Italy as well, so keep an eye on my calendar and stay tuned!

January 15, 2013
Happy Belated New Year!  2013 is getting off to an incredible start.  On January 1st, Idelle and I got in the car and drove to Black Mountain, NC where her friends own the a place called the White Horse.  We hung out a bit and met some local musicians, then continued driving on the 2nd to Atlanta for the 4th Annual Conference of the Jazz Education Network.  I gave  my presentation on Chord Construction Workshop: The Hidden Power of the Diminished 7th (learn more about this at launced and we enjoyed many great clinics and concerts.  We drove back to NYC on the 6th (and trust me, Atlanta is a long drive!).  Back in NYC we attended the Jazz Connect Conference at APAP put on by JazzTimes Magazine.  It's really a great thing that Lee Mergner is reviving this conference in NYC and "Jazz Connect" is really a great name for it because it's such a wonderful opportunity to connect with our friends and collegues in the jazz community.

Looking back, 2012 was a crazy year!  For many reasons I think we're all happy that it's now in the rear-view mirror, but there were many great moments and things to be thankful for, and most of all for you, my friends! 

It started out with a bang at the 3rd Annual Conference of the Jazz Education Network in Louisville, KY (pictures on my facebook page at ).  My CD; Rick Stone Trio "Fractals" made #76 on the JazzWeek Top 100 CDs of 2011,  W. Royal Stokes' Best and Notable Releases of 2011, Andy Ellis' Guitar Show Player's Spotlight, and got great reviews in All About Jazz and JazzTimes.  I was interviewed by Mark Sanderlin for Arts America and Domingo Lobuono for Chitarra Acustica and started another great year of teaching at JazzMobile and Hofstra University.

I enjoyed my 3rd summer tour of Italy, playing with guitarists Giovanni Monteforte, Angelo Lombardo, Attila Rieger, Allesandro Minguzzi, Giorgia Hanoush and Domingo Lubuono, in San Omobono, Pieve di Soligo, Trieste, Lago di Garda, Milano and a full week in Perugia (where I was also able to enjoy some sightseeing and catch a lot of the Umbria Jazz Festival. Pictures on my facebook page).

On the home-front, The Rick Stone Trio continued our regular gigs at the Garage Restaurant, had several nice gigs at Bar Next Door, and an outdoor gig at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza.  I also enjoyed great gigs with fellow guitarist Peter Mazza, The Hofstra University Faculty All-Stars, Marty Rizek and The Rivington Project, Carol Sudhalter's Astoria Jazz Band, Carol Leven and Barry Kornhauser, Sandy Sasso at the 55 Bar, and Audrey Silver at the Something Jazz Cafe, Christmas gigs with soprano MariEliene O'Briene and duos with bassists Harvie S and Marco Panascia.

A summer visit to the home of guitarist Pat Martino revealed further insights into the depth of one of the greatest musicians of our time.  As you can probably tell, Pat is one of my favorites and any chance to learn from a master of his calibre is truly inspiring and a cherished moment in my life.   

A visit to my hometown included a nice gig at Nighttown, an interview with Jim Szabo on WUJC, and my old friend Kitty Bina wrote a nice article for the Parma Observer (pictures and links on my facebook page).

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