Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Stillman, Loren (Chester)
Stillman began playing the saxophone at the age of 7. As a youth showing a great "natural ability" on the instrument, he was encouraged by his teacher, Gerry Mohen, and family to attend the New England Music Camp at age 13. Here he studied with Dan Goble, Ph.D., from the University of Texas at Austin, and won the camp concerto competition playing Glazunov's 'Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra' with a professional string orchestra. In 1995, he attended the Saxophone Master Class at Tanglewood Institute to study with Harvey Pittel, a world-renowned classical saxophone virtuoso. During the mid-1990s, he studied with Ted Nash, a saxophonist with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, while continuing instruction with Dan Goble. By 1996, he sought advanced instruction with David Liebman and with Lee Konitz. Loren received a full artistic merit scholarship to attend Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Dick Oatts, alto sax player with the late Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and Garry Dial, pianist and composer. After a two-year hiatus from school, a period of time he used to compose, teach, and record, Loren has returned to complete his musical studies at New School University, which also awarded him a full artistic merit scholarship. Loren has written many original compositions that appear on his recordings. He has become proficient on flute and clarinet, as well as alto and soprano&nbs p; saxophone.
He performed with Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille at Birdland, NYC, December 9, 2002. He's performed and recorded with Kenny Werner and Joe Lovano, Jazz Workshop at BANFF Center for the Arts in Canada. June 2000. He's performed at the Verizon Jazz Festival, with the Loren Stillman Quartet, at Birdland, NYC. September 2001. He's performed at the JVC Jazz Festival with the Loren Stillman Quartet, NYC. June 2002. He's performed at the Earshot Jazz Festival with the Loren Stillman Trio, Seattle, WA. October 2002.
Cosmos (1995); Loren Stillman Quartet recording with guest artist, Dave Liebman (unissued, 1999); How Sweet It Is (2001); Loren Stillman Quartet featuring John Abercrombie (2002)
Jackalope: Saltier Than Ever; Deidre Rodman: Sun is Us (2001)
Two-time winner of the Down Beat Magazine "Outstanding Performance Award " for jazz instrumental soloist. 1996 & 1998.
Lead Alto Saxophone, All-American Grammy Big Band. February, 1998.
Semi-finalist ,Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, Washington, DC. February, 2002.
Recipient of The New School Zoot Simms Award.
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