About Mike Stern
One of the finest electric guitarists of his generation, Mike Stern combines phrasing normally attributed to saxophonists, innovative chord voicings, the sonic approach of a rock musician, and the soulful, emotive expression of a bluesman. All these traits were on display on his 1983 solo debut Neesh. A decade later, Standards (And Other Songs) led Guitar Player magazine to name him Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year. The next year's Is What It Is and 1996's Between the Lines both received Grammy Award nominations, as did 2009's Big Neighborhood. Stern is also a veteran collaborator, teaming with the Yellowjackets' on 2008's Lifecycle. In 2014, he and guitarist Eric Johnson co-led the contemporary jazz chart-topper Eclectic; five years later, he and Jeff Lorber shared billing for Eleven.
BORNJanuary 10, 1953