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Rich Stevens

Instruments: Guitar, Jazz Guitar

Rich Stevens first picked up a guitar at age 7 but started seriously playing at 16, studying with the late Sam Farkas, a well known Jazz guitarist in the Albany/Saratoga N.Y. areas. He was accepted at the Berklee College of Music as a Guitar Performance major in 1978. During the summers between school years at Berklee he would return to Saratoga to teach guitar at the vintage instrument store, “Adirondack Strings”. In 1982 he graduated from Berklee with a performance degree (1 of 6 that graduated out of 1000+ guitarists) and his music career was born.

After graduating from Berklee he stayed in the Boston area performing in many rock and jazz bands including the jazz/funk band, Sofistafunk, that performed at the Hatch Shell in Boston for a crowd of 400K+. During the 80’s and 90’s he performed with several rock and jazz bands in the Greenwich Village/NY-Boston/Cambridge scenes at places including Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge and the Willow Jazz Club in Somerville. He also performed with the Deb Huston Band for many years, was a MTV regular with the alternative band, “One Fish/Two Fish” and performed at the NYC Jazz Festival in 1999. Since 2000, Rich has performed in a variety of venues, playing all styles of music as well as recording sessions in many of the major studios in Boston and New York with various bands including the internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Ann Disanto.

More recently, Rich started teaching guitar again, hired by the National Guitar Workshop to teach at Daddy’s Junky Music Store in Peabody until the store closed in August 2011. We are fortunate to have Rich’s years of teaching and playing experience here at the Fabulous School of Music. He teaches all levels and styles but he specializes in Jazz guitar and improvisation. We are honored to have him on our Fabulous School Faculty. Welcome aboard Rich!

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Styles: All styles

Education: Berklee College of Music

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