Stan "The Man" Heffner

Master of the Hammond B3


Born in Ford City, Pennsylvania, STAN “The Man” HEFFNER is a self taught musician.  The dream of wanting to become an organ player began at age 8 after hearing “Midnight Special” and “The Sermon” by Jimmy Smith. Being influenced by the sounds of Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff, Stan started playing the organ at age 16.  Helping to form The Versatiles, a high school band of 9 musicians including 3 siblings; one of  which is one of Florida’s noted prominent Female Vocalists, Katt Hefner, Stan’s music career began.  His high energy playing was developed by watching live performances of Jimmy McGriff at the Crawford Grille and The Hollywood Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

   During the 70’s and 80’s Stan experimented with playing other keyboards and began writing dynamic songs including Christian contemporary.  With an array of songs listed in the Library of Congress, “Stan the Man” is a musician to be recognized. His latest performance with Katt Hefner and saxophonist Butch Thomas was an eye opener to an expanded music venture.