Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Sturm, Rolf (Anderson)
Sturm, Rolf (Anderson), guitarist, educator; b. Danville, PA, 18 June 1962. Raised in Lewisburg, PA. Father (born Douglas Earl Sturm April 22, 1929) taught political science and religion at Bucknell University. Mother (b. Margie Jean Anderson February 28, 1927) taught English at the Lewisburg High School. Brother (b. Hans Sturm June 17, 1960) is an acoustic bassist and educator.
Rolf played flute in high school orchestra and band, placing into districts band, and regional band. He also sang in high school choir and placed into districts choir, regional choir, and all state choir. He played rock guitar and sang in a local band called Marquee. His freshman year in College, he attended Baldwin Wallace Conservatory in Berea, Ohio, as an opera major. His sophomore year he attended both Berklee College of music in Boston, as a guitar major (where he was bitten by the jazz bug and discovered the well traveled pathway of Jeff Beck to John MacLaughlin to Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery, etc...) and then Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, studying liberal arts. His last two years were spent at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, where he studied guitar with Steve Brown and received a BFA in jazz guitar. He also got a lesson with Harry Leahey during this period. After college, he moved to North Bergen, NJ where he began teaching guitar out of a store front and performing in NYC. He took lessons with John bercrombie, Joe Pass, Bill Frisell, and Jim Hall.
Rolf performed in the Dave Regan Quartet, the Joe Carson Big Band, the Rolf Sturm Quartet, the Marty Fogel Quartet, the Walter Thompson Orchestra (where he performed and recorded with musicians like Dave Douglas, Steven Bernstein, Herb Robertson, Steve Swell, Tomas Ulrich, Thomas Chapin, Phillip Johnston, Michael Blake, and Dave Tronzo) , Joe Gallant's Illuminati (performing and/or recording with musicians like Ike Willis, Jorma Kaukonen, Maggie Roche, Pat Boone, Buddy Cage, and members of the Grateful Dead: Bob Bralove and Tom Constanten) , The Washington Street Players, The New York Buenos Aires Connection, Billy Martin's band illy-B, and rock band ATB. He toured for six years as the electric guitar and banjo player with country singer Eddy Arnold. He toured much of Germany with Klezmer clarinetist, Giora Feidman. He is a member of Strike Anywhere (theater/music/dance improv troupe), The Tony Trischka Band (on Rounder records), and he leads his own NYC band Feed The Meter.
Rolf also teaches private guitar lessons and is the jazz guitar teacher at the Hoff Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, NY.
The Sturm Brothers: Back Home (1997); Solo Acoustic (2000); Jody Espina/Rolf Sturm: One World (2004); Rob Henke/Rolf Sturm: Evening Pawn (2004); Standards (2004); Schwabie (2005)
The Joe Carson Big Band: Roar Of Promise (1991); Choir Of The Brooklyn Oratory: Gaudete (1991), Glad Tidings (1993); ATB: Sex, Drugs, And Democracy(sound track) (1993); Various: (ATB) Reaction Vol. 4 (1994); Various: John Zorn's Cobra (1995); Joe Gallant & Illuminati: The Blues For Allah Project (1996), Live Vol. 1 (1997), Live Vol. 2 (1997); Washington Street Players: The Bride (1997); Frank London: The Debt (1997); Various: The Jazz Voice (1997), New York Downtown, Jazz & Other Sounds (1997); The Protruders: A Recipe For The Body & Soul (1998); Walter Thompson Orchestra: The Colonel (1998); Various: Dead Delights Vol. 3 (1998); Joe Gallant & Illuminati: Code Of The West (1998), Terrapin (1999); Rob Henke Group: White Paws (1999); Feed The Meter: Violation (1999); Lisa Sokolov: Lazy Afternoon (1999); Joe Gallant & Illuminati: Shadowhead (2000); Kloomp!: A Tale Of Trevor Nor (2000); Various: Stolen Roses Grateful Dead Rec. (2000); Mila Drumk e: Hip To Hip (2000); Didrik Ingvaldsen: History & Movement (2000); Tom DeSteno-Bob Magnuson: In The Sunlight (2001); Tony Trischka: New Deal (2003); Walter Thompson Orchestra: Pexo (2004); Washington Street Players: Footnotes (2005); Feed The Meter: Its About Time (2005)
Rolf has written a guitar method book, "Rolf's Major Method For Guitar
Theory And Improv" (vol.1) which is currently unpublished.