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Mike Stern

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One of the premier guitarists of his generation, the three-time Grammy nominee was born on January 10, 1953 in Boston. After growing up in Washington D.C., he returned to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music and got his start as a guitar player with Blood, Sweat & Tears at the age of 22. Following a stint with Billy Cobham's powerhouse fusion band from 1979-1980, Mike moved to New York City and was recruited by Miles Davis and played a key role in his celebrated comeback band of 1981 (which also included bassist Marcus Miller, drummer Al Foster, percussionist Mino Cinelu and saxophonist Bill Evans)

Album

Just Passing Thru

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2021
Track listing: Hear My Words; Living Room Blues; Killing Me Softly; Just Passing Thru; Donny’s Groove; A Man of Few Words; 7/9/65; Railroaded; Ireland

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Article: Interview

Emiliano Sampaio: Rising Transatlantic Star

Read "Emiliano Sampaio: Rising Transatlantic Star" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger


In 2013, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach and to work on a research project at the Kunstuniversität Graz ("University of the Arts in Graz"). I taught a first-year course in jazz theory that was really a delight. These students were already extremely accomplished performers and composers. About half of the class was comprised ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Fire And Ice: Two Nordic Contrasts

Read "Fire And Ice: Two Nordic Contrasts" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


The twin forces of ice and fire have long existed in Nordic mythology. In the twenty-first century, northern European music has offered stark contrasts too, with a scene as vibrant and compelling as any on earth. Labels such as Hubro, Odin, Rune Grammofon and Jazzland have brought us many artists with a common grounding in jazz ...

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Article: Album Review

Miles Donahue: Just Passing Thru

Read "Just Passing Thru" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Miles Donahue is a versatile musician, a talent that serves him well on Just Passing Thru, an album wherein he not only plays soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, trumpet and keyboards but also wrote all but one of the session's nine selections. This is basically a quintet with guitarist Mike Stern added on the last three ...

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Take Five with Zvonimir Tot

Read "Take Five with Zvonimir Tot" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Musician Zvonimir Tot: Zvonimir Tot (z-VON-e-mere TOTE) is a jny: Chicago-based jazz guitarist, composer and arranger with a style deeply rooted in the jazz tradition but flavored by his European origin. Tot has performed in the United States, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Macedonia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, and Spain. He has performed ...

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News: Recording

A Welcome Guest: On 'Just Passing Thru' Miles Donahue Makes Himself Comfortable

A Welcome Guest: On 'Just Passing Thru' Miles Donahue Makes Himself Comfortable

Miles Donahue’s latest album, coming on the heels of The Bug (Whaling City Sound, 2017), Just Passing Thru is large in scope and beautiful in execution. The absurdly talented player, vibrant on both tenor and soprano saxophones, trumpet and keyboard, shows just how broad his musical wingspan is. It certainly helps that he has an amazing ...

Album

Master Volume

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Zero to Sixty; Papano Kimono; Old Window; Master Volume; Worth the Wait; Unfinished Business; Hayvanhana; Sweet Sweep; Chances Are; Blues for Who?.

Album

Stories

Label: Autumn Hill Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Hurry Up!; Elements; The '70s; Stories; Don't Forget Your Jacket; A Simple Song; Altitude; BB's Blues.

Album

EHA Paris Rio New York

Label: Kwazil/Plaza Mayor Company Serg 250
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1984(Fanfare); Mars; Missie Didie; Nuits Magnétiques; 1984(Funky Cover); 2 Stars in my Skies; Celeste A; Toronto Layover; Dudatjo; Plain Dance; Queen of my Nights.


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