About Jade

A veteran of jazz, world beat, reggae, ska, latin, and funk bands across the country, Jade is a guitarist, composer, arranger, and bandleader with a singular musical vantage point. He boasts three decades as both a studio and performing guitarist and has built a reputation as a gifted composer and arranger. Jade’s vast repertoire includes both original compositions and ambitious interpretations of works by Strayhorn, Mingus, Mozart, Beethoven, and more.

Whether composed from scratch or arranged in homage, Synstelien’s music displays an uncanny sense for traditional arranging and songwriting, but speaks with a voice entirely his own. The result is a listening experience that is at once pleasingly accessible, deeply studied, and unfailingly unique.

As the leader of the storied, eleven-piece Fat Cat Big Band, Jade has drawn praise from audiences, critics, and fellow musicians alike for the uncanny power of the music itself and the performances it elicits from its players. Michael Steinman of Cadence wrote, “Synstelien puts his money where his mouth is, bringing highly developed arranging craft to music of marked accessibility.” Mike Shanley noted in Jazz Times that Synstelien’s works are “packed with strong writing and lush arrangements. He and the band deserve high marks for adding to the legacy of big band music rather than emulating its past glories. Synstelien and crew definitely know how a modern, innovative big band should sound.”

Jade is also a skilled interpreter of classical music for solo guitar and has been lauded by other professional guitarists for his work in this area. He has transcribed numerous works by Bach, Handel, Scarlatti Telemann, and more, focusing on pieces that have never before been transcribed for guitar or improving the accuracy of those that have. Jade’s three compilations of transcriptions can be purchased on Amazon: Johann Sebastian Bach: 15 Two-Part Inventions for Solo Guitar (2013), Fugues and Canons for Solo Guitar (2016), and 13 Three-Voice Fugues for Solo Guitar (2017).

Are you a guitarist? Download the following free transcriptions by Jade Synstelien to add these technique-building works to your repertoire: Asturias Leyenda Op. 47 No. 5 by Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909) / Fugue for Lute – BWV 1000, by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

If you enjoy these pieces, be sure to get your copies of Synstelien’s three exceptional compilations containing many more like them!

 

Gigs & Events

  • 30
    Dec 15
    Jade Synstelien Trio
    East Village Social (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 11:30
    23
    Dec 15
    Jade Synstelien Trio
    East Village Social (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 11:30
    16
    Dec 15
    Jade Synstelien Trio
    East Village Social (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 11:30
    09
    Dec 15
    Jade Synstelien Trio
    East Village Social (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 11:30
    06
    Dec 15
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
  • 02
    Dec 15
    Jade Synstelien Trio
    East Village Social (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 11:30
    25
    Nov 15
    Jade Synstelien Trio
    East Village Social (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 11:30
    11
    Nov 15
    Jade Synstelien Trio
    East Village Social (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 11:30
    04
    Nov 15
    Jade Synstelien Trio
    East Village Social (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 11:30
    01
    Nov 15
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
  • 04
    Oct 15
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    06
    Sep 15
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    02
    Sep 15
    Jade Synstelien Trio
    East Village Social (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 11:30
    26
    Aug 15
    Jade Synstelien Trio
    East Village Social (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 11:30
    12
    Aug 15
    Jade Synstelien Trio
    East Village Social (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 11:30
  • 05
    Aug 15
    Jade Synstelien Trio
    East Village Social (New York, NY)
    08:00 - 10:30
    02
    Aug 15
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    22
    Jul 15
    Jade Synstelien Trio
    East Village Social (New York, NY)
    08:00 - 10:30
    15
    Jul 15
    Jade Synstelien Trio
    East Village Social (New York, NY)
    08:00 - 10:30
    05
    Jul 15
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
  • 01
    Jul 15
    Jade Synstelien Trio
    East Village Social (New York, NY)
    08:00 - 10:30
    07
    Jun 15
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    03
    May 15
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    05
    Apr 15
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    01
    Mar 15
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
  • 01
    Feb 15
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    04
    Jan 15
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    07
    Dec 14
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    02
    Nov 14
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    05
    Oct 14
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
  • 10
    Sep 14
    Jade Synstelien Quartet
    Smalls Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    11:45 -
    07
    Sep 14
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    12
    Aug 14
    Quartet with Alexi David
    The Four-Faced Liar (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 11:30
    03
    Aug 14
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    15
    Jul 14
    Quartet with Alexi David
    The Four-Faced Liar (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 11:30
  • 06
    Jul 14
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    21
    Jun 14
    Sankofa – the Music of Fela Kuti
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 12:00
    17
    Jun 14
    Quartet with Alexi David
    The Four-Faced Liar (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 11:30
    01
    Jun 14
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    20
    May 14
    Trio with Alexi David
    The Four-Faced Liar (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 11:30
  • 13
    May 14
    Blue Nitrous Big Band
    The Bitter End (New York, NY)
    07:00 - 09:00
    04
    May 14
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    22
    Apr 14
    Private session with the West Point Jazz Knights
    United States Military Academy at West Point (West Point, NY)
    10:00 - 03:00
    06
    Apr 14
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    02
    Mar 14
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
  • 02
    Feb 14
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 12:30
    05
    Jan 14
    Fat Cat Big Band
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    08:30 - 23:55
    25
    Dec 13
    Jack Glottman Quintet
    Fat Cat Jazz Club (New York, NY)
    09:00 - 12:00

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