Photo © Alain Manuel

Photo © Alain Manuel


Luca Stoll was born in Switzerland on July the 14th, 1978.

When 9 years old, he started playing the cello and following classical harmony lessons. His father, an excellent amateur cellist, brought him to concerts of Mstislav Rostropovich and Paul Tortelier, which prompted his decision to become a professional musician.  At 15, he was given a copy of Thelonious Monk's Misterioso. This initiated a lifelong passion and fascination for jazz. He switched to tenor saxophone, and at 18 spent 6 months in New York City, attending each week the Barry Harris workshop. Back in Switzerland he published two CDs as a leader, Mixing Memory And Desire and What The Thunder Said.

In 2005 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the New School University and moved permanently to New York, where he lived for the next ten years.

At the Village Vanguard he had the opportunity to sit in with Branford Marsalis, with whom he then studied privately for several years. 

While attending the New School, Luca Stoll studied privately one semester each with drummers Jason Marsalis, Greg Hutchinson, and Eric Harland. During his last semester, his private instructor was the late great Dennis Irwin, who also played on his graduation recital. He graduated with a BFA in May 2007.

The following summer, Luca Stoll toured Japan with the jazz-funk band "Chicken Gravy”, led by Takuya Kuroda, and was featured as a sideman on that band's CD It's Better With Chicken Gravy.

In 2012-2013 Luca Stoll earned a Master of Arts degree at the City College of New York, where he has also taught music history as an adjunct lecturer. During those two years Luca Stoll's private instructor was Grant Stewart. 

In parallel with his studies at CCNY, Luca Stoll has attended Phil Schaap's Jazz 301 classes at Jazz At Lincoln Center and has successfully taken the highly selective final examination, earning a Jazz Scholar degree signed by Phil Schaap and Wynton Marsalis, and was invited by Mr. Schaap to follow his exclusive teacher's seminars.

In January 2013, he was invited to feature his own New York-based quartet during a two-week long artist residency in Vevey, Switzerland. Some of the concerts were broadcasted live on the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation and reviewed in newspapers such as 24 Heures. Luca and his band, featuring Tadataka Unno on piano, Clovis Nicolas on bass, and Peter van Nostrand on drums, took that opportunity to record what will soon be published as Luca Stoll’s third CD as a leader, MONO Live in Vevey.

During his two last years in NYC, Luca Stoll has taken weekly private lessons with composer Kendall Briggs (also professor at Juilliard). This was the opportunity to engage in an in-depth applied study of the common practice of harmony and counterpoint in western classical music. 

While in NYC, Luca Stoll has performed in numerous venues, including Smalls, Fat Cat, Kitano, and Little Branch.  He has had the great pleasure of sharing the bandstand with artists such as Kenny Washington, Alvin Queen, Dennis Irwin, Richie Beirach, Joel Forbes, Grant Stewart, Jeb Patton, Branford Marsalis, Harry Allen, Mark Taylor, Joey Calderazzo, Steve Little, Neal Miner, Clovis Nicolas, Eric Lewis, Charles Davis, Sacha Perry, Jeremy Manasia, Frank Wess, Mike Karn, Tadataka Unno, Ned Goold, Ray Gallon, Peter Van Nostrand, Ari Roland, Jeff Tain Watts, Bertha Hope, Joe Wilder, Ehud Asherie, Eric Revis, Will Terrill, David Wong, Mike Kanan, Phil Stewart, and many others.


Luca Stoll is featured on bassist Clovis Nicolas' debut album Nine Stories (short listed for Downbeat's Best Albums of 2014). With Clovis Nicolas' band he toured France in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In January 2017 Luca Stoll performed at Smalls in NYC in Clovis Nicolas's new project, featuring Brandon Lee on trumpet and the legendary Kenny Washington on drums.

Since his move to the UK in 2014, Luca Stoll has enjoyed the opportunity to perform in many venues, including Ronnie Scott's, with some of the top musicians in the country: Steve Fishwick, Jeremy Brown, Rob Barron, Matt Home, Ofer Landsberg, Matt Fishwick, Gabriel Latchin, Luke Steele, Colin Oxley, Steve Brown, and many others.

In 2016 Luca Stoll performed in Europe with a new band featuring bassist Giorgios Antoniu, guitarist Ofer Landsberg and master drummer Alvin Queen.


Luca Stoll's first influences were Charlie Parker (whom he continues to study regularly), Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane (especially his Impulse period). With Branford Marsalis he worked on Lester Young's solos from the trio album with Nat King Cole and Buddy Rich, and this triggered a growing fondness for the sound and music of the great saxophonists of the 30's and 40's. Today most of the focus of his study is on the music of Don Byas and of Coleman Hawkins.


Luca Stoll was born in Switzerland on July the 14th, 1978. He started playing the cello when he was 9 years old. After hearing Paul Tortelier live, he decided to become a professional musician. At 15, he switched to tenor saxophone and jazz, and at 18 spent 6 months in New York City, attending each week the Barry Harris workshop. In 2005 he moved permanently to NYC. At the Village Vanguard he sat in with Branford Marsalis, with whom he then studied privately for several years. He also took private lessons with Dennis Irwin. In 2007 he earned a BFA from the New School and in 2013 a MA from CCNY. He performed at Smalls, Fat Cat, Kitano, Little Branch, and other venues. He studied jazz history with Phil Schaap, and taught as an adjunct at CCNY. Luca Stoll has toured Switzerland, France, and Japan. In 2015 he moved to Oxford, UK. In 2016 and 2017 he had the opportunity to perform with two legendary drummers: Alvin Queen and Kenny Washington. 




© Luca Stoll 2015