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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Music rss

Title Genre Released Plays
Midwest States Song Childrens Oct 10, 2013 1693
Woodwind Family Song Childrens Apr 12, 2013 6561
String Family Song Childrens Mar 12, 2013 1880
Brass Family Song Childrens Mar 8, 2013 5174
Angels We Have Heard On High Jazz Oct 9, 2012 529
Praise To The Lord LIVE Spiritual/Gospel Oct 3, 2012 494
Praise To The Lord, The Almighty Spiritual/Gospel Sep 24, 2012 1252
Jolly Old St. Nicholas Jazz Dec 22, 2011 1149
All The Pretty Little Horses Childrens Sep 18, 2011 864
The Armor of God Spiritual/Gospel May 28, 2011 3878
Referendum Art-Music-PE song v.2 Funk Jan 25, 2011 2330
Referendum Art-Music-PE Pop Jan 24, 2011 717
ISTEP Song 2011 Childrens Jan 14, 2011 2783
Lima Bean camp song Childrens Jan 14, 2011 4412
Sonata Pathetique: Rondo Classical Oct 30, 2010 712
Symphony #5: Allegro con brio Classical Oct 18, 2010 1255
I'm a Nut Childrens Sep 11, 2010 932
Sing Alleluia Spiritual/Gospel Jul 12, 2009 1161
This Is My Father's World Jazz Apr 28, 2009 4818
Be Thou My Vision Jazz Apr 5, 2009 1559
Silent Night (jazz trio version) Holiday Dec 21, 2008 3982
I Love To Tell The Story Spiritual/Gospel Mar 13, 2008 2000
50 States Song Childrens Mar 11, 2008 11408
Grandfather's Jazz Clock Jazz Jan 22, 2008 1551
O Christmas Tree (jazz piano trio) 2007 Holiday Dec 7, 2007 2075
Crown Him (Kids Sing 2007) Childrens Oct 28, 2007 959
God Knows (Kids Sing) Childrens Oct 21, 2007 1204
He Is The Way (John 14:6) Childrens Oct 14, 2007 2971
Stebbe's Favorite Jokes Comedy Sep 5, 2007 1001
Trumpet Piano Collab Collab Jazz Aug 30, 2007 1702
Indy Summer jazz piano trio Jazz Jul 18, 2007 1298
Bossa Blue Latin Jun 23, 2007 1052
Wonderful Words of Life (kids sing) Childrens Apr 15, 2007 3505
Here's A Song For You (kids sing) Childrens Apr 15, 2007 966
Living For The King (kids sing) Childrens Mar 11, 2007 1569
Come Thou Fount (kids sing) Childrens Feb 25, 2007 1369
Christmas Day (kids sing) Childrens Dec 10, 2006 1358
While By The Sheep (kids sing) Holiday Dec 3, 2006 1206
Brahms Jazz Piano Trio Jazz Nov 18, 2006 2236
I Want To Follow Jesus LIVE Spiritual/Gospel Nov 12, 2006 2300
Two Spiritual Rounds LIVE Childrens Oct 29, 2006 2228
Oh, How I Love Jesus LIVE Childrens Oct 22, 2006 2006
He's Got The Whole World LIVE Childrens Oct 8, 2006 1823
Oh, How I Love Jesus (jazz) Spiritual/Gospel Sep 1, 2006 4874
Blessed Assurance Sax LIVE Jazz Aug 8, 2006 3823
Stebbe LIVE Combo Blues Blues Jul 29, 2006 1442
Brethren, We Have Met To Worship Spiritual/Gospel Jul 16, 2006 7554
I Am Not Ashamed (Romans 1:16) Spiritual/Gospel May 22, 2006 4764
Mother's Day Song II LIVE Childrens May 14, 2006 1295
Love Like No Other Childrens May 1, 2006 1688
Mother's Day Song Childrens Apr 26, 2006 1798
John Stebbe: A Slice Of Life Music Videos Apr 10, 2006 1657
After Summer piano jazz trio Jazz Apr 3, 2006 2662
God On High (kids sing) Childrens Mar 26, 2006 1262
Holy Holy Holy (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Mar 17, 2006 2703
It Is Well (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 26, 2006 1874
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 26, 2006 7336
God Made Me (kids sing) Childrens Feb 12, 2006 1483
Latin Steinway Latin Feb 12, 2006 1973
Oh Susannah piano jazz Jazz Feb 5, 2006 2749
LuvdByYouPianoOnly Rock Jan 30, 2006 1301
Luvd By You (Steinway) Collab Rock Jan 30, 2006 2224
Jazz Bosendorfer Jazz Jan 22, 2006 2287
My Wild Irish Rose piano jazz Jazz Jan 16, 2006 2343
It Is Well With My Soul Spiritual/Gospel Jan 11, 2006 11290
John Stebbe Trio LIVE Music Videos Dec 20, 2005 2976
What Child Is This? Holiday Nov 27, 2005 2566
Dream Vaporman Collab Other Nov 23, 2005 1517
Kum Ba Yah (kids sing) Childrens Nov 20, 2005 2739
God Rest Ye Jazzy Gentlemen Jazz Nov 7, 2005 2500
Christmas Medley Piano Solo Jazz Oct 23, 2005 2941
Jolly Old St. Nick Jazz Jazz Oct 13, 2005 1577
ISTEP Test Song Childrens Aug 27, 2005 5533
This Little Light Of Mine (piano jazz) Jazz Aug 22, 2005 18532
Latin Jazz Collab. Jazz May 1, 2005 1664
Mozart jazz collab Jazz Apr 10, 2005 2494
Piano Funk! collab Collab Jazz Mar 31, 2005 2008
Ode To Joy jazz collab Jazz Mar 24, 2005 2371
Beethoven Collab Jazz Jazz Mar 23, 2005 2312
Shenandoah2 (Ivory piano/pad) Jazz Mar 20, 2005 2430
Surely I Am With You Always (kids sing) Childrens Mar 20, 2005 1970
Just A Closer Walk With Thee (kids sing) Childrens Mar 13, 2005 1660
KumBaYah (Ivory piano solo) Spiritual/Gospel Mar 12, 2005 1741
Take My Life (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 27, 2005 1620
Shenandoah (piano solo) Jazz Feb 26, 2005 6894
Peace Round A Cappella Feb 23, 2005 6367
Piano Funk! 2 Jazz Feb 21, 2005 1586
Piano Funk! Funk Feb 20, 2005 2632
God Is So Good (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 14, 2005 2109
Blessed Assurance (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 13, 2005 2006
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen Jazz Feb 11, 2005 6605
Aura Lee collab. trio -- better Jazz Jan 25, 2005 1650
Bach Jazz Trio collaboration Jazz Jan 23, 2005 6302
God Is So Good Spiritual/Gospel Jan 18, 2005 2522
Amazing Grace (3 jazz variations) Jazz Jan 9, 2005 7986
Latin Excursion Latin Jan 3, 2005 2009
Railroad Jazz Jazz Dec 28, 2004 1933
Bach Jazz piano solo Jazz Dec 20, 2004 2898
Of The Father's Love Begotten Holiday Dec 12, 2004 5144
Go Tell It On The Mountain (kids sing) Holiday Dec 5, 2004 1875
Glory to God (kids sing) Childrens Nov 28, 2004 1544
Beethoven Jazz Jazz Nov 24, 2004 10180
"Aura Lee" jazz piano/bass duo Jazz Nov 15, 2004 2366
Battle Hymn jazz piano solo Jazz Nov 13, 2004 4427
Peace For The World Inspirational Nov 7, 2004 1448
Oh, Be Careful Childrens Nov 7, 2004 1472
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus Spiritual/Gospel Oct 29, 2004 2276
Crown Him (Kids Sing) Childrens Oct 24, 2004 1567
Six Days Childrens Oct 17, 2004 1590
"Dad, Did I Do Good?" Childrens Oct 10, 2004 2016
Razzle Dazzle Cheerleaders Childrens Oct 6, 2004 2303
Bass Fisherman's "ThatGuy" promo Other Sep 23, 2004 1342
In My Room (I Sit And Dream) Inspirational Sep 22, 2004 1618
Yankee Doodle Blues piano/vibes quartet Jazz Sep 20, 2004 2021
Crown Him With Many Crowns Spiritual/Gospel Aug 29, 2004 3372
Amazing Grace (Live at Nordstrom) Jazz Aug 8, 2004 2243
America The Beautiful jazz piano solo Jazz Jul 17, 2004 14737
Easy Way Out Funk Jul 11, 2004 1670
Cool Samba jazz piano trio Jazz Jul 10, 2004 7033
C Minor Blues (better mix) Blues Jul 9, 2004 2077
C Minor Blues jazz piano trio Jazz Jul 7, 2004 2183
Come Down Spiritual/Gospel Jul 3, 2004 1981
Indy Blues jazz piano trio Jazz May 28, 2004 2541
Surely, Surely Inspirational May 28, 2004 1430
The Continents Song Childrens Apr 29, 2004 28052
Rain Forest Rap Childrens Apr 18, 2004 14337
Bye Bye Blues (600 SongFlutes) Childrens Apr 18, 2004 2849
Presidents Song Childrens Apr 17, 2004 41185
The Lord Is My Light Inspirational Apr 17, 2004 1795
Counting By Fives Childrens Apr 17, 2004 8550
Boom Chicka Boom (Hear the crickets?) Childrens Apr 15, 2004 4415
New Testament book list Inspirational Apr 12, 2004 8101
Old Testament Book List Inspirational Apr 12, 2004 7184
The Muscle Groups Song Childrens Apr 12, 2004 14842
"Famous Guitar Player" 1978 Other Apr 12, 2004 6887
The Circulatory System Song Childrens Apr 12, 2004 20827
Chopsticks (with errors) Other Apr 12, 2004 1972
Amazing Grace jazz piano trio Jazz Apr 11, 2004 9270
Danny Boy jazz piano trio Jazz Apr 11, 2004 6333
Weekend Amateur Bass Fisherman Comedy Apr 11, 2004 2223
Bow Wow Doggie Childrens Apr 11, 2004 7042

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Till There Was You-Know-Who Jazz Feb 23, 2009 827
The Other Side of Night Music Videos Jul 9, 2006 2315
Jazz on Altair (with John Stebbe) Jazz Jun 25, 2006 3561
Nobody Knows the Trouble I Have Seen Jazz Apr 5, 2006 5488
Half Baked Blues Jazz Jan 17, 2006 2423
I'm not a jukebox (with ssstebbe) Jazz Jan 16, 2006 4323
Transatlantic Blues Blues Jan 2, 2006 2502
Vap's dream (One more cat licking) Alternative Dec 12, 2005 3221
My Dream [full collab draft] Alternative Dec 12, 2005 5468
When The Crickets Sing Jazz Dec 4, 2005 2990
Louisiana Swing Jazz Nov 23, 2005 4556
Beethoven Jazz II (with ssstebbe) Jazz Nov 21, 2005 3770

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