Jarrod Stephenson began playing music at a very young age. In 2002, his thirst for something more drove him to the Conservatory of Music and Dance, at the University of Missouri Kansas City, where he was honored with the Greensburg Guitar Scholarship for his studies. As well as performing solo Classical repertoire under the study of the the prestigious Douglas Niedt, Jarrod had an active interest in Jazz which led him to study with the renowned jazz guitarist Rod Fleeman. In 2006, Jarrod received his Bachelor’s Degree in Guitar Performance, and then was turned on to the art form of Flamenco.
After graduation Jarrod studied Flamenco in Kansas City. He moved to Spain in 2006, to be immersed in this beautiful art form. It is there that he studied with Enrique Vargas and Niño Jerro to develop the perfect technique and adapt the Jerez style of playing. To many,it is one of the most complex and brilliant styles of Flamenco. After his stay in Jerez, Jarrod returned home to Kansas City and co-founded the group Alma Flamenca. It was with that group that Jarrod began fusing the fiery rhythms of Flamenco with the luscious harmonies of Jazz, and these elements are infused into all of his compositions. In 2012 Jarrod co-founded the modern Flamenco group “De los Barrios.”
Currently, Jarrod is performing with “De los Barrios” throughout the Midwest, as well as accompanying Flamenco classes with Kansas City Ballet. Jarrod is also appearing with Olé, the Music and Dance of Spain. Along-side with guitarist Michael McClintock and percussionist John Currey, Jarrod formed the world music trio, Broken String which combines the elements of Jazz, Brazilian, and authentic Flamenco to create a tasteful exploration of music from all over the world.