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About Mike Stern

American jazz guitarist Mike Stern was voted the Best Jazz Guitarist of 1993 by Guitar Player magazine. Through his career he has play with some of the worlds most prominent jazz musicians and released a dozen solo albums. At age 60 Stern doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

After ending his studies at Berklee College of Music, Stern landed a gig with Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1976 and remained with the band for two years, appearing on the albums “More Than Ever” and “Brand New Day” before joining Billy Cobham's fusion band. Two years later he joined Miles Davis group, making his public debut on June 27, 1981, at the KIX nightclub in Boston, a performance documented on the CBS live album “We Want Miles”. He remained with Davis through 1983. From 1983 to 1984 he toured in Jaco Pastorius' Word of Mouth band and in 1985 he returned to Davis for a second tour of duty that lasted close to a year.

His solo debut, Upside Downside, was released on Atlantic Records in 1986. It features performances by Pastorius, David Sanborn, and Bob Berg. From 1986 through 1988, he was a member of Michael Brecker's quintet, appearing on “Don't Try This At Home”. After releasing “Time in Place” (1988) and “Odds or Evens” (1991) Stern joined the Brecker Brothers Band in 1992, becoming a factor in the success of the popular group for the next two years. Following this Stern went on to release two solo albums “Is What It Is” (1994) and “Between The Lines” (1996) - both of which received Grammy nominations. After 15 years with Atlantic, Stern shifted to ESC for the 2004 release of “These Times”, including guest appearances by bassist Richard Bona, saxophonist Kenny Garrett, and banjoist Bela Fleck. In August 2009, Stern released Big Neighborhood, which was nominated a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.


The axe that got away for Stern, was a hybrid 1950s/1960s Fender Telecaster, which was stolen from him in an armed robbery in Boston. This guitar is the basis for Sterns custom guitar build by Michael Aronson - a Telecaster style body with an original 1950's Broadcaster neck – equipped with Seymour Duncan and Bill Lawrence pickups. Stern plays this through a pair of Fender '65 Twin Reverb amps or the Yamaha G100-212 combo. Stern is a heavy user of chorus and delay effects that makes his sounds range from subtly swirling to positively psychedelic.

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