He studied at the Royal Academy of Music from 1969-1972 and, during the 1970s played with the Clarke-Boland Big Band (1971), Mike Gibbs (1971), John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler, Volker Kriegel, Eberhard Weber, Zbigniew Seifert (1973), Phil Woods (1978), Clark Terry (1978) and Gordon Beck.

In the 1980s he worked with Gil Evans (1983), Paul McCartney (1987), the European Jazz Ensemble (1983), the James Last Orchestra, the Hilversum Radio Orchestra, the Hamburg-based NDR Big Band and the London Jazz Orchestra.

Collaborations in the 1990s included with Allan Botschinsky, David Murray (1997), Paul Clarvis (1998) and Bruno Castellucci (1998). Television audiences around the world have heard him as the saxophone soloist in The Belgian Detective, the theme music to ITV’s Poirot, composed by Christopher Gunning.

Stan has held teaching positions at the Guildhall School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music.