Meet the Instructor

Mike Stern

Mike Stern is an internationally acclaimed guitarist. He was named Best Jazz Guitarist of 1993 by Guitar Player magazine, was given the Miles Davis Award at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in 2007, and was listed on Down Beat’s list of 75 best jazz guitarists of all time in in 2009. Mike also received Guitar Player magazine’s Certified Legend Award on January 21, 2012. One of the top guitarists in jazz over the past two decades, he has earned the respect of colleagues and critics alike while also exerting a towering influence on a generation of aspiring players. A guitarist of formidable technique, Stern continues to awe and inspire six-string aficionados with his seamless blend of bebop facility, scorching rock intensity and uncommon lyricism. As Jon Chappell of Guitar magazine put it, “Stern is not only a magician of the fretboard but a heartfelt and mature composer of great depth”.

A major player on the scene since his breakthrough days with Miles Davis’ celebrated comeback band, circa 1981, Stern’s sideman credits include work with such other jazz icons as saxophonist Joe Henderson and bassist Jaco Pastorius, guitarists Jim Hall and Pat Martino, trumpeters Tom Harrell, Arturo Sandoval and Tiger Okoshi and saxophonists Michael Brecker, Bob Berg and David Sanborn as well as Steps Ahead and the Brecker Brothers Band. But it has been in the role of bandleader-composer and Atlantic recording artist that Mike has made his most significant and lasting contribution as an artist.

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Meet the Instructor

Mike Stern is an internationally acclaimed guitarist. He was named Best Jazz Guitarist of 1993 by Guitar Player magazine, was given the Miles Davis Award at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in 2007, and was listed on Down Beat’s list of 75 best jazz guitarists of all time in in 2009. Mike also received Guitar Player magazine’s Certified Legend Award on January 21, 2012. One of the top guitarists in jazz over the past two decades, he has earned the respect of colleagues and critics alike while also exerting a towering influence on a generation of aspiring players. A guitarist of formidable technique, Stern continues to awe and inspire six-string aficionados with his seamless blend of bebop facility, scorching rock intensity and uncommon lyricism. As Jon Chappell of Guitar magazine put it, “Stern is not only a magician of the fretboard but a heartfelt and mature composer of great depth”.

A major player on the scene since his breakthrough days with Miles Davis’ celebrated comeback band, circa 1981, Stern’s sideman credits include work with such other jazz icons as saxophonist Joe Henderson and bassist Jaco Pastorius, guitarists Jim Hall and Pat Martino, trumpeters Tom Harrell, Arturo Sandoval and Tiger Okoshi and saxophonists Michael Brecker, Bob Berg and David Sanborn as well as Steps Ahead and the Brecker Brothers Band. But it has been in the role of bandleader-composer and Atlantic recording artist that Mike has made his most significant and lasting contribution as an artist.

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