born 1965 in Vienna/Austria
started to play guitar at 15
wrote his first compositions at 17
started his first “Stefan Wagner Group” at 19
musical studies in Vienna, degree 1989
1st CD “Listen Well (released 2005)
2nd CD “The Long Walk” (2008)
3rd CD “Heart Blues” (2012)
Performed with his band, the “Stefan Wagner Group”, at numerous jazz-festivals (Wiesen, Vienna, Regensburg, Bratislava, Brno) as well as in clubs all over Middle – Europe (e.g. “Porgy & Bess”, “Jazzland” in Vienna; “BP – Club” in Zagreb; “Unterfahrt” in Munich; “Reduta” in Prague)
“Winterkasten Jazz Award” 2007
lives near Vienna/Austria
Stefan Wagner started to play guitar at the age of 15 and came into jazz when listening to the records “Electric Guitarist” by John McLauglin, “Maiden Vouyage” by Herbie Hancock and a live recording of John Coltrane from the year 1961. In 1989 he finished his music studies on the “Franz Schubert Conservatory” in Vienna with a concert degree.
In 1984, the guitarist founded the “Stefan Wagner Group” for the first time and played shows in Viennese Jazz clubs regularly until the beginning of the 1990ies. The repertoire of the band consisted of originals, but also of selected pieces written by musicians like John Scofield, Mike Stern, George Benson, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock or Miles Davis.
After a break of several years, Stefan Wagner re-established his group in 1997 with the goal to play only his own compositions. During the first years the “Stefan Wagner Group” had numerous appearances mostly in Vienna and the surrounding area, among them were two shows as a support act of the drummer Simon Phillips (in Vienna and Graz) and three shows at the Vienna “Donauinselfest” (Danube – island festival), the largest open air festival in Europe.
In November 2004 the “Stefan Wagner Group” recorded its first CD “Listen Well”, the 2nd CD “The Long Walk” was released three years later. Both CDs effected numerous concerts all over Central Europe, for example in Vienna at „Porgy & Bess“, “Joe Zawinul’s Birdland“ and “Jazzland”, but also among others at the Jazz club „Reduta“ in Prague, at Bosko Petrovic’s club “BP” in Zagreb and at the “Unterfahrt” in Munich as well as in many other jazz clubs in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The band played also at numerous festivals like the Jazzfestivals Vienna and Wiesen and the “Jazzdays” in Ludwigsburg and Bratislava. In 2012, the third CD “Heart Blues” followed. This album is less swinging, but more influenced by Latin & Fusion than the two CD’s before.
At the time (2017), Stefan Wagner has three projects running:
- “Stefan Wagner Group”. With this band, a quartet or quintet, the guitarist plays a selection of his jazz compositions.
Thomas Beck or Edith Lettner – sax, Nikola Stanosevic – p, Gerhard Graml – b, Stephan Brodsky – drums, Stefan Wagner – g (Stefan Wagner “Acoustic” Group)
- “Stefan Wagner – Georg Barnert Octet”: Georg Barnert plays saxophone, he’s also composer and arranger. Stefan Wagner leads this band together with him. The octet plays compositions by both of them which Georg Barnert has arranged for this setting (2 saxes, trumpet, trombone, rhythm group).
Regular Line-Up: Georg Barnert – as, Thomas Beck – ts, Johannes Probst – tr, Ursula Niederbrucker – tb, Nikola Stanosevic – p, Gerhard Graml – b, Stephan Brodsky – dr, Stefan Wagner – git
- “Soundstairs”: this band Stefan Wagner has founded together with the singer Sabine Müller-Vohnout. The repertoire of “Soundstairs” (former name: “Jazztag”) consists primarily of vocal songs, influenced by Pop, Funk and Latin and written by Stefan Wagner during the last years. In addition there are some instrumental Latin & Fusion pieces released on the CD “Heart Blues”.
Regular Line-Up: Sabine Müller-Vohnout – voc, Georg Barnert – sax, Luka Ivic – keyboards, Erich Muck – b, Sascha Ivan – dr, Stefan Wagner – git
Besides his own bands, Stefan Wagner played in the past among others in the band “Vienna Jazz Formation” (founded by the saxophonist Hannes Meixner), as a guest in the trio of the Hammond organ player T. C. Pfeiler and together with the Austrian saxophone – legend Hans Salomon. Currently he plays guitar with “Jazz@BWM”, the repertoire of this group consists of soul – classics and jazzstandards.