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Here's a track from my new CD, "Jazz Meets Classical." It's on the iTunes Store and also CD Baby. See my artist page for the links.

This is a live recording of the John Stebbe Trio, playing in the lobby of the Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis, as a prelude to a concert by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The tune is from Mozart's Sonata #1. The arrangement is my own. Jonathan Evans on bass, and David Mills on drums. They both did a fine job. The piano was a five-foot (maybe six-foot?) Yamaha grand. Audio was captured with my portable MiniDisk recorder. I did some editing and EQ-ing after the fact in GarageBand. Mics were OtterBox.

I posted an earlier "studio" version of this arrangement three years ago here on MJ, but I like this recording a lot better.
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Uploaded: Jul 03, 2008 - 07:28:05 AM
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said 4004 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
Old Fave!
Your fingers are flying here. Amazing work and performance by everyone and such a tasty piece of jazz... thank you a lot for the download, enjoyed it a lot!

Take Care
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ktb said 4004 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
unbelievable, John. You have such a fluid, confident technique. Direct, flawless and passionate performance. There's that undeniable live gelling happening right in front of those concert goers with you three. Bravo
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caroline said 4004 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
hi john - i am sitting at home with lee...
'have you ever heard john stebbe?' i said - well... he has now!!! lol - this is another track for my collection of gorgeous john stebbe renditions!! thank you my dear xoxox
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peacepiano said 4003 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
Always sharp. I have been enjoying this one for a while now. The way you add the playfulness of jazz to this is great.

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drakonis said 4003 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
Love your Jazzical stuff
And this one is really fun... I remember the studio version, and this does have a bit more life. The minidisc recorder did very nicely, although a bit more bass boost would be good, nice stereo separation! Jonathan did great on bass, and David sounded super on drums. But you were flying... great performance... too bad the audience was distracted, you deserved more applause! :-)
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Feter said 4003 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
Mozart Jazz LIVE
Amazing ...its incedible to think this is Mozart ..
comes alive with a jazz trio ..Impressive piano
playin my friend as always ..and I think this is
the best jazz form I ever enjoyed ..I mean mix the
mood of the Jazz with classic ones ..this is terrific
thnx alot for sharin such gem !!
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HenriROGERsoloandbands said 4003 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)

Poor Mozart will never know that jazz exists :-)
We are lucky to have such a great source of inspiration
through all the musics from centuries and all the world .
This live version is excellent , you have a very clear playing .
Very good arrangement .
Bravo also to the rythm section .

paul f. page said 4003 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
Mozart, indeed!
You are THE MASTER at this kind of arrangement. Just absolutely beautiful, fluid playing throughout and with enough Mozart to keep it all in the ballpark. The Eine Kleine Nachtmusik lick was such a tricky little lick. Just great. And I totally enjoyed the live recording with the ambient background, though YOU should have on stage!!! You will be soon if you keep this up. I'll be getting your CD from cdbaby. Nice. Nice. Nice.
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John Stebbe said 4003 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
Thanks to all of you for your kind words. And thank you, Paul, for buying my CD! That makes my day.

I do enjoy playing this number with the trio. Makes a good showpiece for the drummer, almost as much as the piano player.
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Roxylee said 4003 days ago (July 4th, 2008)
You amaze me
Your ability to play these amazing jazzy things with such ease is astounding. Mozart would be intrigued and impressed if he could hear this. He'd say "Why didn't *I* think of this??" Just wonderful....:-)
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Bob Rodgers said 4001 days ago (July 6th, 2008)
fantastic performance and so well played, love your piano playing John!

This is a great number and so good to hear you playing this with your trio!

Very much enjoyed!


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guitapick said 4000 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
Nice way...
...to start my day...

My next door neighbor's been playing this piece (the "straight" version) for the past 11 years. Never could get those runs quite right. Then her daughter, who'd been playing violin since she was 6, put the fiddle on the shelf, picked up on piano, and had it down within a few months, much to my delight.

Sweet tune, John...I've been enjoying the cd...
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Ibstrat said 4000 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
said it- music is fun.A lot of jazz musicians try to be "heavy" all the time which can be very boring.I like your approach, kind of like Desmond-Brubeck (Blue Rondo a la Turk).If more people played like this maybe jazz would be more popular! Nice arrangement and solos.
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J.A.Stewart said 3999 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
Where's the Wine & Cheese?
Really nice job on this, John. And a great live recording.

Excellently performed jazz transmutation of Mr. Mozart's music. I'm sure he would have enjoyed hearing it as much as I did. ;)

--- Joe
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Moviz said 3999 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
Feel Good
Yes, your music always has the feel good factor and gives out such a happy mood. Love the live sound with the excellent stereo sound and the slight hub-bub background sound of the crowd..... fels like I've just been out for a meal, LOL, cheers M
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HipHopMoses said 3999 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
Love your live postings I think I've heard this one before but it doesn't stop me from listening again :D What a great interpretation of a mozart tune. Your playing always reminds me of how I should've taken up piano as a kid and practiced... Oh well there's always my son he he he
Cya around.
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Doadars Uncle said 3999 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
Mozart Grooove!
Great way to finish my day!


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thetiler said 3999 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
Nice and sweet
Like that John Stebbe style.

Way to Go !
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sloparts said 3999 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
Great work John
I've never heard Mozart done in Jazz before, or any other Classical composers work for that matter. I'll say this, the recording is very well done and has the kind of balance in it that makes it sound like a studio recording.

Now for the rest of it. The arrangement is very well crafted and sounds wonderful. It's easy to tell that all the players on this are very accomplished musicians, as the playing is excellent.

Beautiful job John, Bravo to you and your mates for a very fine session. Excellent work.

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composerclark said 3998 days ago (July 8th, 2008)
This is absolutely brilliant! Great arrangement, and you can really feel the energy that comes from live performance. You have amazing chops, my friend!
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saymme said 3885 days ago (October 29th, 2008)
Mozart JAZZ ( : : ) happy live song!
What a great jazzy Mozart song this was a real treat this late evening ! awesome arangement, it just amazes me how You can do Music like this - that will always be the Big Question : ) ! Downtown Indianapolis
w o w... : ) THANKYOU wish I'd been there really enjoying this, great recorded too (minidiscrecorder(!)) Courtseys to you all / lena
fambroski said 3880 days ago (November 3rd, 2008)
Cool daddy
Cool, clever and tasty and fun. Nuff said. ( could say more actually).
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Daugrin said 3684 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
Mo Jazz
Live jazz, bright and fun. Wish I had been there...

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