Trombonist & sea Shells is a Philadelphia native who became a professional musician by the age of 16. He attended Penn State University for 2 years before moving to New York and graduating from the New School Jazz & Contemporary Music Program in 1994. Of which, he was the first trombonist to actually graduate from the New School Jazz Program.
In 1992, Stafford appeared as a model in the December issue of L'Uomo Vogue (the Italian Vogue magazine for men). This issue also featured jazz greats like Milt Hinton, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, etc... Also, he appeared in a documentary film on the late-great pianist; Dorothy Donegan. Also, was the 1993 award winner of the "Al Grey Award for Musical Excellence". It acknowledged Stafford as "the Most Promising Jazz Trombone Talent of 1993".
In 1993, he performed at former-US President Bill Clinton's inaugural. Since then, the trombonist has performed, recorded and toured all over the world.
Also of note, Stafford appeared in a movie entitled "the Day the Ponies Come Back" which was released March of 2001 in France. And, he is heard as a soloist on the Blue Note Records Grammy nominated CD "With Love"-Charles Tolliver Big band.