C. D.  Stone

"A Master Talent"  REAL BLUES MAGAZINE

BIOGRAPHY

"Earl Hooker crossed with Lenny Breau and Grant Green." REAL BLUES MAGAZINE

C. D. STONE  THE MAN BEHIND THE MUSIC

Carl Stone was born and raised in Chicago; where, at an early age, he became deeply rooted in the blues and jazz traditions. His early influences and mentors included: Junior Wells, Red Garland, Grant Green, Carey Bell, Joe Pass, Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan and Big Walter Horton.

In addition to being a first call session player in Chicago, Dallas, Boston and New York, Carl has appeared throughout the U.S. with legendary stars such as Red Garland, The Basie Band, Big Walter Horton and Clarence Gatemouth Brown,

Chicagos OWN AACM ...Maurice White...EWF....

Richard Davis...Lester Bowie, The Columbia College contingent., James Mack....

The Jazz Historical Society NYC...Devotee of Cecil,Ornette,Blakey....so many more...

The Chicago School...Dick Reynolds, G. Clifford Bean.. Cy Tufts.. Allen Dawson...Orphans...Colettes...The Bulls....

As well as having made numerous jazz and blues performances as a HEADLINER..

During his formative Chicago years, Carl was a regular at clubs such as Kingston Mines, Club B.L.U.E.S., Biddy's, Theresa's and The Checkerboard Lounge, in Chicago, Michael's in  N. Y. C., Wally's, Harpers Ferry, The Willow in Boston  as well as Dallas' own 1359.

In 1998 after 20 years of studio work and rare jazz performances Carl decided I just gotta be me and went home to the Blues. Rather than utilizing his vast resources to just put out CDs, he chose the difficult, grass-roots approach - playing out, night after night, live & in living color . And so it began. Eighteen months later, in yet another HOT, small, loud, smoky & over-crowded club, just north of Boston, the legendary Hammond B-3 player Ron Levy walked in for a beer. He heard Carl playing and went nuts! The chance meeting led to a collaboration and friendship that would prove invaluable. Lev wanted to help push Carl to the next level. Four weeks later, Carl found himself playing with some of the top players of the time. Eight weeks later recording sessions for a premiere CD were being detailed; twelve weeks later Carl recorded his premiere CD. His back-up players: Ron Levy, Michael Mudcat Ward and Warren Grant.

Things have been moving fast and furious ever since.

As well as continuing to be  the illustrious leader of the Screamin' Blue Orchestra, Carl is a former recording studio owner, and instructor of guitar at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Carl continues his careers as a  GUITAR  FANATIC;  recording studio designer, builder and tech. among other things!

 

Check out   www.sheppardinc.com   for all of Carl's other ventures.

"Virtuosity tempered by personality and a sense of humor."   BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE

 

 

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