Stanley Cowell is Professor Emeritus of Jazz Piano at Rutgers-Mason Gross School of the Arts and a Steinway Artist. He performs and records as solo pianist in jazz venues and concert halls using African thumb piano, electroacoustic processes, in diverse ensemble formations from duos to orchestras. He has an impressive list of recordings as a composer and pianist, having performed with Max Roach, Miles Davis, Charles Tolliver, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, The Piano Choir, Nasheet Waits, Roy Haynes, Art Pepper, Clifford Jordan, Jimmy Heath, and many more.
His formal training in music includes a bachelor's degree and an honorary doctorate in music from Oberlin Conservatory, a Master of Music from University of Michigan, study at the Mozarteum Akademie in Salzburg, Austria, and graduate work at Wichita State and University of Southern California. Recent compositions and/or performances include Asian Art Suite for Orchestra, Jazz Sextet & Asian Percussion with Toledo Symphony, tour of Italy, Billboard Tokyo, Kennedy Center, Mezzo TV-France, Lincoln Center, Strata-East All Stars European Tour, Village Vanguard. Recent CDs: It’s Time, Are You Real, Reminiscent (SteepleChase), Juneteenth (Vision Fugitive). Article: October, 2015 JazzTimes magazine feature.