|Lori Stotko is a Bay area pianist who made the quantum leap from a classical repertoire to jazz in 1989. She originally studied classical piano at NLU in Louisiana where, as well as competing and performing in young artist competitions, she spent time in various combos and college jazz bands. Her formal jazz training began in the Bay area when she hooked up with talented teachers such as Smith Dobson, Don Haas and Dick Hindman. She currently works most often with the Jazmin trio, with Redhouse Jazz along with bassist and husband Stuart Nafey, as a solo pianist and with the Foothill College Evening Ensemble. She has also played trombone since 1975 and performs with various big bands and combos.