Mike Stern Trio to headline Jazz Guitar Festival

Mike Stern

The Mike Stern Trio will bring a blend of jazz and rock for an evening concert culminating SUNY Oswego’s sixth annual Jazz Guitar and More Festival, on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Stern, who has three Grammy nominations to his credit, will lead his combo at 7:30 p.m. in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

Jazziz magazine described Stern as “a great guitar master no matter what the label . . . funky, rocking, occasionally bluesy, and totally mesmerizing.”

Stern tours in support of his 13th album as a frontman, “Who Let the Cats Out,” released in August and showcasing the guitarist and guest artists blurring the boundaries between jazz, funk, blues and rock.

“This record is a return to more instrumental playing, more blowing,” Stern said. “In some ways, it’s more filtered through my rock and blues influences. . . . I composed the tunes thinking about which musicians would work best for each track. It seemed organic, and I think it worked out well.”

His cast of guest players ran the spectrum and included such talent as Richard Bona, Meshell Ndegeocello, Victor Wooten, Roy Hargrove, Kim Thompson and Jim Beard.

Not that working with a range of renowned players is new to Stern. He earned a guitarist slot with Blood, Sweat and Tears at the age of 22 and has since performed with the likes of Jaco Pastorius, the Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn and Miles Davis.

The Boston-born guitarist earned Grammy nominations for his albums “Is What It Is,” “Between the Lines” and “Voices.” Stern was named Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year by Guitar Player magazine for his 1993 album “Standards (And Other Songs)” and received the Orville W. Gibson Award for Best Jazz Guitarist for his 1997 record “Give and Take.”

Tickets for the Mike Stern Trio concert cost $14 ($10 for seniors and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students).

Stern will also lead sessions at the daylong Jazz Guitar and More Festival at SUNY Oswego on Nov. 11. The festival features a range of musicians offering workshops, master classes and performances geared to educate and entertain players of all skill levels.

Those attending the festival’s offerings throughout the day can receive a discounted rate for early registration—before Oct. 27—of $45 ($25 for students and $10 for SUNY Oswego students). Starting Nov. 1, registration costs will rise to $55 ($35 for students and $15 for SUNY Oswego students). Admission to the evening concert is included for those registered for the festival.

For more information or registration, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or tickets@oswego.edu, or visit www.oswego.edu/jazzguitar.

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CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581, artswego@oswego.edu

(Posted: Oct 18, 2006)