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Mike Stern Bio

Mike Stern was born 1954 in Boston. He began playing at 12 and studied at Berklee under Pat Metheny. After joining Blood, Sweat & Tears at the age of 23, he began to make a name for himself as a soulful, passionate guitar master. Via Billy Cobham’s band he ended up in the first band that Miles Davis formed for his comeback in 1981. After a few years Miles asked him to join his band for a period of a another year, which was highly unusual. With Davis, he appeared on the records Man With The Horn, Star People, We Want Miles and Miles! Miles! Miles! Live in Japan ’81. Between 1983-84 he played with his old friend Jaco Pastorius; with David Sanborn in 1985, the band Steps Ahead 1986, and off and on with Michael Brecker from 1986 onwards. In 1989 Mike formed his own band and has so far released seven brilliant records on the Atlantic label. He was named Best Jazz Guitarist 1993 by "Guitar Player" Magazine.

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