"The Long Island King Of The Keys" John Stilwagen John is originally from Long Island and moved to Colorado in the Spring of 1993. He has enjoyed much of the music scene in previous years traveling with various bands across the U.S. and Canada. Although his playing experience extends from classical to rock and roll and everything in between (country, funk, ragtime, new age, etc.), John is relatively new to the blues scene. Having learned by ear at the age of 13, he has taken lessons for a couple of years, then was self-taught, absorbing all he could from different forms of styles. John has shared the stage with notables such as: Deanna Bogart, Leon Blue (of B.B. King), Jimmy Thackery, Ruthie Foster, Anthony Gomes, Jimbo Mathis, Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, Tab Benoit, Buddy Whittington (of John Mayall), Erica Brown and Jill Watkins. John is current playing with Big Jim Adam both in a duo arrangement and in his full Blues band. Big Jim & John were 2011 International Blues Challenge Finalists in the Solo/Duo Category.