Oral History Information
Gary Chen is the owner of Stein On Vine, the historic horn and string shop in Hollywood, California whose customer list reads like a who's who of jazz and film music. Gary was hired by the founder, Maury Stein, the brother of famed songwriter Julie Stein. Maury had developed a wonderful reputation among musicians who came in for new instruments as well as repairs and accessories. Jazz legends such as Benny Carter,Stan Getz, Phil Woods as well as bassist Ray Brown, who became like a second father to Gary. Gary's role in the store has been equally notable, which included bringing string instruments into focus within the store. In 2014, Gary published his own take on the store and the industry in the book "They Call Me Stein On Vine."