An evening of conversation and music with Mike Stern

BackStory Events and Guitar World Magazine present

An evening of conversation and music with Mike Stern

Tue, September 19, 2017

Doors: 4:30 pm / Show: 5:30 pm

The Cutting Room

New York, NY


Tickets at the Door

$20 Food/Drink Minimum per Person

Mike Stern
Mike Stern
Join us for a unique opportunity to be part of the studio audience at this intimate conversation with GRAMMY-nominated guitarist Mike Stern! We’ll discuss his new album, Trip, plus career highlights and insights. Featuring a long-form interview, short performance, opportunity for audience questions, and a meet and greet.

Mike Stern will be interviewed by journalist Brad Tolinski, author of Play It Loud and Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page. The event is part of the BackStory Events online series and will be live streamed by Guitar World magazine.

About Mike Stern:

Mike Stern is a Grammy-nominated guitarist and former member of Miles Davis’ band, Steps Ahead, Jaco Pastorius’ Word of Mouth, and The Brecker Brothers. He will release Trip, his 17th album as bandleader on September 8, 2017.
The album is Stern's first since a 2016 accident, in which he tripped over some hidden construction debris in the street, fracturing both arms and leaving him with nerve damage. Following two surgeries, Stern devised a scheme where he glues his right-hand fingers to his guitar pick, allowing him to more fully realize his signature speed, precision and fluidity informed mainly by bebop and the blues.
Stern and his stellar crew of sidemen — many of whom go back with him to the ‘80s — went into Spin Studio in Long Island City between January and March of 2017 to record the album. The guitarist’s sly, self-deprecating sense of humor comes across in the title of the album, Trip, as well as on individual tracks like “Screws” (he initially had 11 screws put into his arm following his first surgery) and “Scotch Tape and Glue” (his current method for holding onto the pick).
A powerhouse outing, Trip features such longstanding colleagues as trumpeters Randy Brecker and Wallace Roney, saxophonists Bob Franceschini and Bill Evans, the latter a bandmate in Miles Davis’ ‘comeback band’ of 1981, bassists Victor Wooten and Tom Kennedy and drummers Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers and Lenny White. Produced by pianist-keyboardist Jim Beard, Stern’s frequent producer going back to 1991’s Odds or Evens, Trip is a brilliant showcase of what the acclaimed guitarist does best — riffing on post-Miles funk-fusion (“Trip,” “Screws,” “Watchacallit”), urgent swingers (“Half Crazy,” “Scotch Tape and Glue,” “B Train”) and lyrical ballads (“Amelia,” “I Believe You”). His wife Leni Stern guests on two tracks, playing the n’goni (a three-stringed African instrument) on the buoyant “Amelia, which also features Gio Moratti on backup vocals, and the uplifting ballad “I Believe You.” Other performers on Trip include percussionists Arto Tuncboyaciyan and Elhadji Alioune Faye, Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun and bassists Teymur Phell and Edmond Gilmore, both of whom currently work with Stern on his regular Monday and Wednesday night residency at the 55 Bar in the heart of Greenwich Village.
Venue Information:
The Cutting Room
44 E. 32nd St.
New York, NY, 10016