Biography

I am a public elementary school music teacher in Indianapolis. I also direct the children's choirs at our church. I love to play piano. I play solo piano jobs around town, and also lead a jazz trio (piano, bass, drums). I was born in 1959.

I got GarageBand in the summer of 2004, when I upgraded from my trusty indigo G3 500 mhz iMac to a 1.25 ghz eMac. The eMac is not the sexiest machine Apple makes, but it sure can do a lot. I've used many diifferent kinds of sequencers over the years (Cubasis, Yamaha XGWorks, Digital Performer), but GB is by far the most fun.

My first Mac was a 1998 PowerPC 5500/225 all-in-one computer, designed for the education market. A lot like the the iMac -- CD drive and floppy drive (and all other computer guts) in same housing as monitor. It still works great, in my daughter's bedroom. My 2001 indigo iMac also still runs great.

I have had a couple of choral pieces for children's choirs published. One was published as an octavo by Hal Leonard Publishing, and the other was published as part of anthology by LifeWay. That was about five years ago. Feeling the flush of publishing success, I sent off many other pieces in the next year or two, only to meet with polite rejection letters. After a couple of years, I stopped trying. I had visions of retiring from teaching to concentrate on getting my compositions published, but it was not to be, at least not now. Maybe someday I'll dive in again and send off some more stuff. In the meantime, producing my own jazz piano CD has been an excellent "alternate outlet" for my creative urges.

Since 1991, I have been a piano judge for the Indiana State School Music Association's yearly auditions. That has been a great experience. My hand gets tired from writing by the end of the day, but it's worth it for the kids' sakes. I try to be as positive as I can be in my comments, even when a student has a bad case of the nerves. And this judging experience has allowed me to reconnect with people that I went to music school with at Ball State many years ago (1978-82).

My wife is also an elementary music teacher in Indianapolis. We have three kids, ages 13, 17, and 19. The younger two play cello and violin, and our oldest plays handbells in the church handbell choir.

Here’s my 2010 jazz piano CD, “Beethoven Jazz, And More!”, available on CD Baby, and the iTunes Music Store.

Here’s my 2008 jazz piano CD, “Jazz Meets Classical!”, available on CD Baby, and the iTunes Music Store.

Here’s my 2005 jazz piano CD, available on CD Baby, and the iTunes Music Store.

Also check out my jazz piano website at www.johnstebbe.com

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Smoke-free piano job February 3, 2006
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Music rss

Title Genre Released Plays
Midwest States Song Childrens Oct 10, 2013 1559
Woodwind Family Song Childrens Apr 12, 2013 6002
String Family Song Childrens Mar 12, 2013 1742
Brass Family Song Childrens Mar 8, 2013 5002
Angels We Have Heard On High Jazz Oct 9, 2012 492
Praise To The Lord LIVE Spiritual/Gospel Oct 3, 2012 463
Praise To The Lord, The Almighty Spiritual/Gospel Sep 24, 2012 1169
Jolly Old St. Nicholas Jazz Dec 22, 2011 1114
All The Pretty Little Horses Childrens Sep 18, 2011 799
The Armor of God Spiritual/Gospel May 28, 2011 3783
Referendum Art-Music-PE song v.2 Funk Jan 25, 2011 2251
Referendum Art-Music-PE Pop Jan 24, 2011 691
ISTEP Song 2011 Childrens Jan 14, 2011 2636
Lima Bean camp song Childrens Jan 14, 2011 4262
Sonata Pathetique: Rondo Classical Oct 30, 2010 683
Symphony #5: Allegro con brio Classical Oct 18, 2010 1212
I'm a Nut Childrens Sep 11, 2010 869
Sing Alleluia Spiritual/Gospel Jul 12, 2009 1138
This Is My Father's World Jazz Apr 28, 2009 4758
Be Thou My Vision Jazz Apr 5, 2009 1510
Silent Night (jazz trio version) Holiday Dec 21, 2008 3932
I Love To Tell The Story Spiritual/Gospel Mar 13, 2008 1912
50 States Song Childrens Mar 11, 2008 11283
Grandfather's Jazz Clock Jazz Jan 22, 2008 1507
O Christmas Tree (jazz piano trio) 2007 Holiday Dec 7, 2007 2024
Crown Him (Kids Sing 2007) Childrens Oct 28, 2007 918
God Knows (Kids Sing) Childrens Oct 21, 2007 1168
He Is The Way (John 14:6) Childrens Oct 14, 2007 2930
Stebbe's Favorite Jokes Comedy Sep 5, 2007 973
Trumpet Piano Collab Collab Jazz Aug 30, 2007 1651
Indy Summer jazz piano trio Jazz Jul 18, 2007 1248
Bossa Blue Latin Jun 23, 2007 1019
Wonderful Words of Life (kids sing) Childrens Apr 15, 2007 3463
Here's A Song For You (kids sing) Childrens Apr 15, 2007 944
Living For The King (kids sing) Childrens Mar 11, 2007 1532
Come Thou Fount (kids sing) Childrens Feb 25, 2007 1325
Christmas Day (kids sing) Childrens Dec 10, 2006 1304
While By The Sheep (kids sing) Holiday Dec 3, 2006 1173
Brahms Jazz Piano Trio Jazz Nov 18, 2006 2178
I Want To Follow Jesus LIVE Spiritual/Gospel Nov 12, 2006 2265
Two Spiritual Rounds LIVE Childrens Oct 29, 2006 2191
Oh, How I Love Jesus LIVE Childrens Oct 22, 2006 1955
He's Got The Whole World LIVE Childrens Oct 8, 2006 1788
Oh, How I Love Jesus (jazz) Spiritual/Gospel Sep 1, 2006 4798
Blessed Assurance Sax LIVE Jazz Aug 8, 2006 3767
Stebbe LIVE Combo Blues Blues Jul 29, 2006 1396
Brethren, We Have Met To Worship Spiritual/Gospel Jul 16, 2006 7422
I Am Not Ashamed (Romans 1:16) Spiritual/Gospel May 22, 2006 4669
Mother's Day Song II LIVE Childrens May 14, 2006 1254
Love Like No Other Childrens May 1, 2006 1647
Mother's Day Song Childrens Apr 26, 2006 1738
John Stebbe: A Slice Of Life Music Videos Apr 10, 2006 1624
After Summer piano jazz trio Jazz Apr 3, 2006 2595
God On High (kids sing) Childrens Mar 26, 2006 1223
Holy Holy Holy (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Mar 17, 2006 2643
It Is Well (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 26, 2006 1820
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 26, 2006 7279
God Made Me (kids sing) Childrens Feb 12, 2006 1452
Latin Steinway Latin Feb 12, 2006 1926
Oh Susannah piano jazz Jazz Feb 5, 2006 2667
LuvdByYouPianoOnly Rock Jan 30, 2006 1265
Luvd By You (Steinway) Collab Rock Jan 30, 2006 2168
Jazz Bosendorfer Jazz Jan 22, 2006 2222
My Wild Irish Rose piano jazz Jazz Jan 16, 2006 2301
It Is Well With My Soul Spiritual/Gospel Jan 11, 2006 11208
John Stebbe Trio LIVE Music Videos Dec 20, 2005 2906
What Child Is This? Holiday Nov 27, 2005 2484
Dream Vaporman Collab Other Nov 23, 2005 1469
Kum Ba Yah (kids sing) Childrens Nov 20, 2005 2695
God Rest Ye Jazzy Gentlemen Jazz Nov 7, 2005 2454
Christmas Medley Piano Solo Jazz Oct 23, 2005 2889
Jolly Old St. Nick Jazz Jazz Oct 13, 2005 1545
ISTEP Test Song Childrens Aug 27, 2005 5452
This Little Light Of Mine (piano jazz) Jazz Aug 22, 2005 18409
Latin Jazz Collab. Jazz May 1, 2005 1632
Mozart jazz collab Jazz Apr 10, 2005 2448
Piano Funk! collab Collab Jazz Mar 31, 2005 1967
Ode To Joy jazz collab Jazz Mar 24, 2005 2334
Beethoven Collab Jazz Jazz Mar 23, 2005 2252
Shenandoah2 (Ivory piano/pad) Jazz Mar 20, 2005 2362
Surely I Am With You Always (kids sing) Childrens Mar 20, 2005 1941
Just A Closer Walk With Thee (kids sing) Childrens Mar 13, 2005 1633
KumBaYah (Ivory piano solo) Spiritual/Gospel Mar 12, 2005 1709
Take My Life (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 27, 2005 1581
Shenandoah (piano solo) Jazz Feb 26, 2005 6837
Peace Round A Cappella Feb 23, 2005 6314
Piano Funk! 2 Jazz Feb 21, 2005 1544
Piano Funk! Funk Feb 20, 2005 2586
God Is So Good (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 14, 2005 2046
Blessed Assurance (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 13, 2005 1969
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen Jazz Feb 11, 2005 6579
Aura Lee collab. trio -- better Jazz Jan 25, 2005 1603
Bach Jazz Trio collaboration Jazz Jan 23, 2005 6222
God Is So Good Spiritual/Gospel Jan 18, 2005 2378
Amazing Grace (3 jazz variations) Jazz Jan 9, 2005 7934
Latin Excursion Latin Jan 3, 2005 1961
Railroad Jazz Jazz Dec 28, 2004 1883
Bach Jazz piano solo Jazz Dec 20, 2004 2862
Of The Father's Love Begotten Holiday Dec 12, 2004 5097
Go Tell It On The Mountain (kids sing) Holiday Dec 5, 2004 1814
Glory to God (kids sing) Childrens Nov 28, 2004 1518
Beethoven Jazz Jazz Nov 24, 2004 9977
"Aura Lee" jazz piano/bass duo Jazz Nov 15, 2004 2317
Battle Hymn jazz piano solo Jazz Nov 13, 2004 4383
Peace For The World Inspirational Nov 7, 2004 1417
Oh, Be Careful Childrens Nov 7, 2004 1433
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus Spiritual/Gospel Oct 29, 2004 2233
Crown Him (Kids Sing) Childrens Oct 24, 2004 1526
Six Days Childrens Oct 17, 2004 1559
"Dad, Did I Do Good?" Childrens Oct 10, 2004 1968
Razzle Dazzle Cheerleaders Childrens Oct 6, 2004 2257
Bass Fisherman's "ThatGuy" promo Other Sep 23, 2004 1304
In My Room (I Sit And Dream) Inspirational Sep 22, 2004 1570
Yankee Doodle Blues piano/vibes quartet Jazz Sep 20, 2004 1989
Crown Him With Many Crowns Spiritual/Gospel Aug 29, 2004 3331
Amazing Grace (Live at Nordstrom) Jazz Aug 8, 2004 2209
America The Beautiful jazz piano solo Jazz Jul 17, 2004 14523
Easy Way Out Funk Jul 11, 2004 1647
Cool Samba jazz piano trio Jazz Jul 10, 2004 6941
C Minor Blues (better mix) Blues Jul 9, 2004 2052
C Minor Blues jazz piano trio Jazz Jul 7, 2004 2144
Come Down Spiritual/Gospel Jul 3, 2004 1945
Indy Blues jazz piano trio Jazz May 28, 2004 2504
Surely, Surely Inspirational May 28, 2004 1389
The Continents Song Childrens Apr 29, 2004 27882
Rain Forest Rap Childrens Apr 18, 2004 14184
Bye Bye Blues (600 SongFlutes) Childrens Apr 18, 2004 2801
Presidents Song Childrens Apr 17, 2004 40798
The Lord Is My Light Inspirational Apr 17, 2004 1765
Counting By Fives Childrens Apr 17, 2004 8443
Boom Chicka Boom (Hear the crickets?) Childrens Apr 15, 2004 4388
New Testament book list Inspirational Apr 12, 2004 8046
Old Testament Book List Inspirational Apr 12, 2004 7145
The Muscle Groups Song Childrens Apr 12, 2004 14619
"Famous Guitar Player" 1978 Other Apr 12, 2004 6850
The Circulatory System Song Childrens Apr 12, 2004 20744
Chopsticks (with errors) Other Apr 12, 2004 1938
Amazing Grace jazz piano trio Jazz Apr 11, 2004 9172
Danny Boy jazz piano trio Jazz Apr 11, 2004 6221
Weekend Amateur Bass Fisherman Comedy Apr 11, 2004 2183
Bow Wow Doggie Childrens Apr 11, 2004 7013

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Till There Was You-Know-Who Jazz Feb 23, 2009 801
The Other Side of Night Music Videos Jul 9, 2006 2256
Jazz on Altair (with John Stebbe) Jazz Jun 25, 2006 3419
Nobody Knows the Trouble I Have Seen Jazz Apr 5, 2006 5400
Half Baked Blues Jazz Jan 17, 2006 2356
I'm not a jukebox (with ssstebbe) Jazz Jan 16, 2006 4216
Transatlantic Blues Blues Jan 2, 2006 2470
Vap's dream (One more cat licking) Alternative Dec 12, 2005 3146
My Dream [full collab draft] Alternative Dec 12, 2005 5127
When The Crickets Sing Jazz Dec 4, 2005 2823
Louisiana Swing Jazz Nov 23, 2005 4437
Beethoven Jazz II (with ssstebbe) Jazz Nov 21, 2005 3599

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