Veteran jazz guitarist Rodney Jones has championed Stylles as a “keeper of the flame” and offers this high praise for his young descendant:”In an era where so little is genuine and real, Stylles has succeeded in capturing honesty and integrity, while swinging you to death. He shares his heart and soul and just plain makes you feel good. You can feel him in the notes and after all, that is what has always made the best jazz.”
JC Stylles, whilst originally from Australia, first appeared in New York City from 1992-1995, before making it his permanent home in 2005, whereupon he released the recordings Chillin’ at Home and Live & Unveiled of which both are in the guitar/organ trio format, where he has staked his claim. He also concentrated on performing with the best Jazz Organists in the business including, Jimmy McGriff, Dr Lonnie Smith, Tony Monaco, Pat Bianchi, Seleno Clarke, Jimmy “Preacher” Robbins, Mel Davis, Nathan Lucas, Akiko Tsuruga and others.
Not long ago the guitar-organ-drums trio seemed destined to become an almost forgotten relic of the jazz continuum, but it has recently been revived once again to take a prominent place in the music’s landscape-and this time driven by the up-front guitar of JC Stylles, and in a manner capable of expressing a panopoly of emotions to a multiplicity of listeners of varied tastes.
On Exhilaration and Other States, released by Motema Music on July 12th, 2011, which received countless rave reviews, and was featured on the USA Radio Jazz Charts Top 50 for 12 plus consecutive weeks , JC Stylles proves that he is an important contemporary voice in the genre, moving it forward while preserving its rich history, blending yesterday and today for a more swinging tomorrow.
His regular organ trio features the equally amazing Pat Bianchi on organ, and shares Carmen Intorre & Lawrence Leathers on drums.