College of Liberal Arts
UT Arlington Music
UT Arlington Music Department

Mr. Stefan Karlsson

Specialist/Jazz Artist-In-Residence
Area: Jazz Studies, Piano

Phone: 817-272-3471
Office Location: FA 367
Degree(s): M.M. University of North Texas, B.M. University of North Texas
Mentis Profile: -karlsson

A native of Sweden, Stefan came to the United States in 1984 to study at the University of North Texas.  Stefan spent six years at UNT earning bachelor and master degrees from UNT.  While at UNT he became, for three years, a member of the "One O'clock Lab Band,” and received the “Outstanding Jazz Studies Graduate Student Award” in 1991.

After having resided in Denver, Colorado (1991-1994), Las Vegas, Nevada (1994-2002), fulfilling his duties as Coordinator of Jazz Studies at UNLV, he was hired as professor in the division of jazz studies at the University of North Texas from 2002 to 2014. In 2015, Stefan joined the jazz studies program at the University of Texas at Arlington as Specialist/Jazz Artist-In-Residence. He has also been part of the Stanford Jazz Workshop for eight years working as a clinician and performer.

Stefan stays active as a performer and guest artist residencies at festivals, clubs, and universities worldwide.  His extensive travel has taken him both as a performer and educator to Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Scotland, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, and throughout the United States.  His discography includes 73 recordings including eight CD projects under his own leadership.  He has been a recording artist for Justice Records, Cambria/Troppe Note Records, Bebyne Records and Bolo Digital Records.

Since 1996, Stefan has been a member of the Eddie Gomez Trio and Quartet (including Jimmy Cobb, Billy Drummond, Billy Hart, Nasheet Waits, Ed Soph and Jeremy Steig) frequently touring Asia, Europe and the United States.  The group has currently recorded six CD projects. In addition to performing with the Eddie Gomez group, he has also had the opportunity to share the stage and recorded with such jazz greats as: Magnus Broo, Steve Gadd, Herb Ellis, Jim Ferguson, Lou Fischer, Duduka Da Fonseca, Carl Fontana, Tim Hagans, Steve Houghton Javon Jackson, Clay Jenkins, Marc Johnson, Larry Koontz, Joe LaBarbera, Red Mitchell, Dick Oatts, Rich Perry, Chris Potter, Mike Pope, Dave Pietro, Rufus Reid, Jim Riggs, Marvin ‘Smitty” Smith, , Bob Sheppard, Lynn Seaton, Alex Sipiagin, Ed Soph, Marvin Stamm,  Tom Warrington, Jim White, Jiggs Wigham,  Li Xiaochuan,  Eliot Zigmund, and many others.

A sample of international venues are:  JZ Clubs and Festival (China), Blue Note Jazz Club (Fukyoka, Tokyo, and Osaka, Japan), Cotton Club (Tokyo, Japan),  Mahidol University Jazz Festival (Thailand), New Morning Jazz Club (Paris, France), Fasching Jazz Club (Stockholm, Sweden),  Terrassa Jazz Festival (Terrassa, Spain), Vierzen Jazz Festival (Vierzen, Germany), Terzo Festival Internazionale Isola D’Elba (Elba, Italy), Festival des Rencontres (Capbreton, France), Body and Soul Jazz Club (Tokyo, Japan), Star Eyes Jazz Club (Nagoya, Japan), Jazz Club Jambouree (Barcelona, Spain), Muroran Jazz Festival (Muroran, Japan), Edinburg Festival (Edinburg, Scotland), Royal Academy of Music (Stockholm, Sweden), Conservatori-Liceu (Barcelona, Spain), Conservatory of Music in Shanghai (China),  Contemporary Music Academy (Beijing, China), Contemporary Music Institute (Zhuhai, China), University of Adelaide (Australia),  International Association for Jazz Educators conference (IAJE), Jazz Educators Network (JEN), and many others. 

In addition, Stefan has performed the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Richardson symphony orchestras (which includes accompanist for vocalists Patti Austin and Monica Mancini.)

Further, as a composer, Stefan is currently a published composer with BUG MUSIC in Hollywood, California.  His music was featured in the 1994 movie releases Sugar Hill (featuring Wesley Snipes), Twenty Bucks (featuring Christopher Loyd), and the 1997 Independent film Strays.   During the latter part of the 90’s, Stefan's music was frequently heard on the television series Melrose Place, Party of Five, Wings and Homicide.  His original compositions are also published in the European Fake Book (Sher publishing), and the Colorado Cook Book.