Lou Stein

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Lou Stein (April 22, 1922 – December 11, 2002) was an American jazz pianist.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stein's first major gig came in 1942 when he joined Ray McKinley's band.[1] He also played with Glenn Miller when the latter was stateside during World War II.

After the war he worked with Charlie Ventura (1946–47)[1] and following this became a session musician. He performed with the Lawson-Haggart Band, Benny Goodman, Sarah Vaughan, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Louie Bellson, Red Allen, Coleman Hawkins, and Lester Young, and recorded a few records as a bandleader. In 1957 he scored a U.S. Top 40 hit with "Almost Paradise", which peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100. His cover of "Got A Match" made the Cashbox Top 60 in 1958. He played with Joe Venuti from 1969 to 1972[1] and later with Fred Phillips; he continued recording into the 1990s.


  • Lou Stein Trio (Brunswick Records, 1954)
  • House Hop (Epic Records, 1954)
  • Lou Stein at Large! (Brunswick, 1954)
  • Six for Kicks (Jubilee Records, 1954)
  • The Lou Stein 3, 4, and 5 (Epic, 1955)
  • Eight for Kicks, Four for Laughs (Jubilee, 1956)
  • From Broadway to Paris (Epic, 1956)
  • Honky Tonk Piano (Mercury, 1956)
  • Introspective 1 (Leric, 1972)
  • Tribute to Tatum (Chiaroscuro Records, 1976)
  • Stompin' Em Down (Chiaroscuro, 1978)
  • Lou Stein & Friends (World Jazz, 1980)
  • Temple of the Gods (Chiaroscuro, 1980)
  • Live at the Dome (Dreamstreet Records, 1981)
  • Solo (Audiophile Records, 1984)
  • Go Daddy! (Pullen Music, 1994)

As sideman[edit]

With Louis Bellson

With Woody Herman

With Lee Konitz

With Joe Newman

With Charlie Parker



  1. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott. "Lou Stein: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-09-12.