steve adelson chapman stick and guitar master

"Jazz is the sound of suprise, and Steve Adelson's The Answer's Inside keeps the unexpected going with the lyrically swinging Chapman Stick, adding a new dimension to listening."
-Nat Hentoff - (jazz literary legend) 


For Bookings Contact Steve directly:


A little bit about Steve...

Recognizing the great potential of the instrument, he purchased his first Stick in 1984, and has focused his performance activities on it ever since.

Steve's CD "The Answer's Inside"

"One listen will confirm that he is a musician open to, and capable of playing anything. Steve composed all of the disc's eight tracks, and has done so successfully with great spirit. Mr. Adelson has put together a package filled with some clever tunes, and most important, consistently great playing."
--Jim Fisch (Twentieth Century Guitar magazine, jazz critic)

"Steve, your DVD carries quite a message of ease, versatility and mastery....." --Emmett Chapman

"It must really suck being you and knowing that there is probably no one more accomplished on any instrument than you....I've had the pleasure of spending much time with some of the greatest musicians ever Miles, Dizzy, Jaco, and many my friend are in that league and I look forward to hanging with you and finding out how you happened!." --Larry Hartke

"WOW! I am so proud to have played with you on this (NAMM video)-you sound amazing!!!!!Hope to play again soon!" --Danny Gottlieb

"Man, you are a real master of that stick!! Great" --Will Lee

"Hey Steve. I'm listening to you on Youtube. Man! You sound GREAT! You played your ass off on that Youtube clip." Best, ---Jeff Berlin"

"Steve's 'Stickology..' is a long awaited addition to our Stick libraries from an expert. Lots of fundamentals, theory, advanced technique, some unique tricks of Steve's - and all with his down to earth good humor. I'm off to practice his "kerchunk" move." --Tony Levin

My GP magazine story and interview with Emmett Chapman is now online:

"Ultimate Stick" instructional DVDs are available.
TrueFire has produced this tutorial offering.
44 chapters on 2 DVDs.

My new Chapman Stick video studio performance is available on Mel Bay Records. Three solo tunes and nine more with percussion master David Langlois.

A word from Mr. Chapman:
"The more I listen to Steve's new "Concert" DVD, the more I like it. Lots of wild "orchestration of the fingers" going on, over and above the subtle electronic effects. All hands are at all sectors of the board, plucking and strumming too. Slapping string percussion and harmonics add even more color"

My latest CD, "Adventures In Stickology" is back in stock!!!