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 1515
Woodwind Family Song Childrens Apr 12, 2013 5846
String Family Song Childrens Mar 12, 2013 1686
Brass Family Song Childrens Mar 8, 2013 4960
Angels We Have Heard On High Jazz Oct 9, 2012 481
Praise To The Lord LIVE Spiritual/Gospel Oct 3, 2012 456
Praise To The Lord, The Almighty Spiritual/Gospel Sep 24, 2012 1157
Jolly Old St. Nicholas Jazz Dec 22, 2011 1104
All The Pretty Little Horses Childrens Sep 18, 2011 784
The Armor of God Spiritual/Gospel May 28, 2011 3751
Referendum Art-Music-PE song v.2 Funk Jan 25, 2011 2233
Referendum Art-Music-PE Pop Jan 24, 2011 685
ISTEP Song 2011 Childrens Jan 14, 2011 2621
Lima Bean camp song Childrens Jan 14, 2011 4199
Sonata Pathetique: Rondo Classical Oct 30, 2010 675
Symphony #5: Allegro con brio Classical Oct 18, 2010 1203
I'm a Nut Childrens Sep 11, 2010 853
Sing Alleluia Spiritual/Gospel Jul 12, 2009 1129
This Is My Father's World Jazz Apr 28, 2009 4730
Be Thou My Vision Jazz Apr 5, 2009 1503
Silent Night (jazz trio version) Holiday Dec 21, 2008 3924
I Love To Tell The Story Spiritual/Gospel Mar 13, 2008 1891
50 States Song Childrens Mar 11, 2008 11244
Grandfather's Jazz Clock Jazz Jan 22, 2008 1497
O Christmas Tree (jazz piano trio) 2007 Holiday Dec 7, 2007 2014
Crown Him (Kids Sing 2007) Childrens Oct 28, 2007 906
God Knows (Kids Sing) Childrens Oct 21, 2007 1149
He Is The Way (John 14:6) Childrens Oct 14, 2007 2915
Stebbe's Favorite Jokes Comedy Sep 5, 2007 966
Trumpet Piano Collab Collab Jazz Aug 30, 2007 1635
Indy Summer jazz piano trio Jazz Jul 18, 2007 1236
Bossa Blue Latin Jun 23, 2007 1003
Wonderful Words of Life (kids sing) Childrens Apr 15, 2007 3449
Here's A Song For You (kids sing) Childrens Apr 15, 2007 934
Living For The King (kids sing) Childrens Mar 11, 2007 1522
Come Thou Fount (kids sing) Childrens Feb 25, 2007 1311
Christmas Day (kids sing) Childrens Dec 10, 2006 1293
While By The Sheep (kids sing) Holiday Dec 3, 2006 1162
Brahms Jazz Piano Trio Jazz Nov 18, 2006 2163
I Want To Follow Jesus LIVE Spiritual/Gospel Nov 12, 2006 2249
Two Spiritual Rounds LIVE Childrens Oct 29, 2006 2186
Oh, How I Love Jesus LIVE Childrens Oct 22, 2006 1943
He's Got The Whole World LIVE Childrens Oct 8, 2006 1775
Oh, How I Love Jesus (jazz) Spiritual/Gospel Sep 1, 2006 4768
Blessed Assurance Sax LIVE Jazz Aug 8, 2006 3748
Stebbe LIVE Combo Blues Blues Jul 29, 2006 1377
Brethren, We Have Met To Worship Spiritual/Gospel Jul 16, 2006 7360
I Am Not Ashamed (Romans 1:16) Spiritual/Gospel May 22, 2006 4651
Mother's Day Song II LIVE Childrens May 14, 2006 1246
Love Like No Other Childrens May 1, 2006 1623
Mother's Day Song Childrens Apr 26, 2006 1717
John Stebbe: A Slice Of Life Music Videos Apr 10, 2006 1616
After Summer piano jazz trio Jazz Apr 3, 2006 2576
God On High (kids sing) Childrens Mar 26, 2006 1216
Holy Holy Holy (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Mar 17, 2006 2629
It Is Well (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 26, 2006 1803
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 26, 2006 7265
God Made Me (kids sing) Childrens Feb 12, 2006 1445
Latin Steinway Latin Feb 12, 2006 1910
Oh Susannah piano jazz Jazz Feb 5, 2006 2639
LuvdByYouPianoOnly Rock Jan 30, 2006 1254
Luvd By You (Steinway) Collab Rock Jan 30, 2006 2161
Jazz Bosendorfer Jazz Jan 22, 2006 2197
My Wild Irish Rose piano jazz Jazz Jan 16, 2006 2290
It Is Well With My Soul Spiritual/Gospel Jan 11, 2006 11173
John Stebbe Trio LIVE Music Videos Dec 20, 2005 2881
What Child Is This? Holiday Nov 27, 2005 2470
Dream Vaporman Collab Other Nov 23, 2005 1460
Kum Ba Yah (kids sing) Childrens Nov 20, 2005 2685
God Rest Ye Jazzy Gentlemen Jazz Nov 7, 2005 2442
Christmas Medley Piano Solo Jazz Oct 23, 2005 2878
Jolly Old St. Nick Jazz Jazz Oct 13, 2005 1532
ISTEP Test Song Childrens Aug 27, 2005 5432
This Little Light Of Mine (piano jazz) Jazz Aug 22, 2005 18370
Latin Jazz Collab. Jazz May 1, 2005 1619
Mozart jazz collab Jazz Apr 10, 2005 2428
Piano Funk! collab Collab Jazz Mar 31, 2005 1960
Ode To Joy jazz collab Jazz Mar 24, 2005 2325
Beethoven Collab Jazz Jazz Mar 23, 2005 2238
Shenandoah2 (Ivory piano/pad) Jazz Mar 20, 2005 2340
Surely I Am With You Always (kids sing) Childrens Mar 20, 2005 1931
Just A Closer Walk With Thee (kids sing) Childrens Mar 13, 2005 1622
KumBaYah (Ivory piano solo) Spiritual/Gospel Mar 12, 2005 1699
Take My Life (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 27, 2005 1573
Shenandoah (piano solo) Jazz Feb 26, 2005 6802
Peace Round A Cappella Feb 23, 2005 6299
Piano Funk! 2 Jazz Feb 21, 2005 1530
Piano Funk! Funk Feb 20, 2005 2571
God Is So Good (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 14, 2005 2031
Blessed Assurance (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 13, 2005 1957
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen Jazz Feb 11, 2005 6575
Aura Lee collab. trio -- better Jazz Jan 25, 2005 1593
Bach Jazz Trio collaboration Jazz Jan 23, 2005 6211
God Is So Good Spiritual/Gospel Jan 18, 2005 2344
Amazing Grace (3 jazz variations) Jazz Jan 9, 2005 7904
Latin Excursion Latin Jan 3, 2005 1952
Railroad Jazz Jazz Dec 28, 2004 1870
Bach Jazz piano solo Jazz Dec 20, 2004 2854
Of The Father's Love Begotten Holiday Dec 12, 2004 5076
Go Tell It On The Mountain (kids sing) Holiday Dec 5, 2004 1806
Glory to God (kids sing) Childrens Nov 28, 2004 1512
Beethoven Jazz Jazz Nov 24, 2004 9894
"Aura Lee" jazz piano/bass duo Jazz Nov 15, 2004 2306
Battle Hymn jazz piano solo Jazz Nov 13, 2004 4368
Peace For The World Inspirational Nov 7, 2004 1407
Oh, Be Careful Childrens Nov 7, 2004 1422
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus Spiritual/Gospel Oct 29, 2004 2219
Crown Him (Kids Sing) Childrens Oct 24, 2004 1515
Six Days Childrens Oct 17, 2004 1548
"Dad, Did I Do Good?" Childrens Oct 10, 2004 1959
Razzle Dazzle Cheerleaders Childrens Oct 6, 2004 2242
Bass Fisherman's "ThatGuy" promo Other Sep 23, 2004 1297
In My Room (I Sit And Dream) Inspirational Sep 22, 2004 1561
Yankee Doodle Blues piano/vibes quartet Jazz Sep 20, 2004 1975
Crown Him With Many Crowns Spiritual/Gospel Aug 29, 2004 3318
Amazing Grace (Live at Nordstrom) Jazz Aug 8, 2004 2200
America The Beautiful jazz piano solo Jazz Jul 17, 2004 14450
Easy Way Out Funk Jul 11, 2004 1636
Cool Samba jazz piano trio Jazz Jul 10, 2004 6885
C Minor Blues (better mix) Blues Jul 9, 2004 2040
C Minor Blues jazz piano trio Jazz Jul 7, 2004 2133
Come Down Spiritual/Gospel Jul 3, 2004 1935
Indy Blues jazz piano trio Jazz May 28, 2004 2494
Surely, Surely Inspirational May 28, 2004 1377
The Continents Song Childrens Apr 29, 2004 27808
Rain Forest Rap Childrens Apr 18, 2004 14132
Bye Bye Blues (600 SongFlutes) Childrens Apr 18, 2004 2782
Presidents Song Childrens Apr 17, 2004 40652
The Lord Is My Light Inspirational Apr 17, 2004 1759
Counting By Fives Childrens Apr 17, 2004 8424
Boom Chicka Boom (Hear the crickets?) Childrens Apr 15, 2004 4375
New Testament book list Inspirational Apr 12, 2004 8027
Old Testament Book List Inspirational Apr 12, 2004 7121
The Muscle Groups Song Childrens Apr 12, 2004 14488
"Famous Guitar Player" 1978 Other Apr 12, 2004 6839
The Circulatory System Song Childrens Apr 12, 2004 20709
Chopsticks (with errors) Other Apr 12, 2004 1928
Amazing Grace jazz piano trio Jazz Apr 11, 2004 9153
Danny Boy jazz piano trio Jazz Apr 11, 2004 6190
Weekend Amateur Bass Fisherman Comedy Apr 11, 2004 2173
Bow Wow Doggie Childrens Apr 11, 2004 6999

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Till There Was You-Know-Who Jazz Feb 23, 2009 798
The Other Side of Night Music Videos Jul 9, 2006 2241
Jazz on Altair (with John Stebbe) Jazz Jun 25, 2006 3363
Nobody Knows the Trouble I Have Seen Jazz Apr 5, 2006 5368
Half Baked Blues Jazz Jan 17, 2006 2319
I'm not a jukebox (with ssstebbe) Jazz Jan 16, 2006 4183
Transatlantic Blues Blues Jan 2, 2006 2465
Vap's dream (One more cat licking) Alternative Dec 12, 2005 3127
My Dream [full collab draft] Alternative Dec 12, 2005 5020
When The Crickets Sing Jazz Dec 4, 2005 2781
Louisiana Swing Jazz Nov 23, 2005 4390
Beethoven Jazz II (with ssstebbe) Jazz Nov 21, 2005 3542

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