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Mike Stern Band featuring Bob Franceschini, Janek Gwizdala and Lionel Cordew

Mike Stern has been in the jazz business for over three decades and he has played with everybody anybody in jazz would have loved to have played with. He is a multi-Grammy nominated guitarist and was named one of the 75 best guitarists of all time by DownBeat Magazine in its 75th anniversary issue.


Photo by Sandrine Lee

Born in 1953, he took his stepfather’s surname (he was born Sedgwick, the half-brother of actress and Litchfield County resident, Kyra Sedgwick). He graduated from Berklee and joined the now iconic band Blood, Sweat and Tears. He then joined  Billy Cobham and later Miles Davis in the trumpeter’s comeback band with Marccus Miller, Al Foster and Bill Evans.   In 1992 he became a member of the Brecker Brothers Band. He has 15 recordings as a leader and tours and performs around the world.

In 2001 the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal honored Stern with the Miles Davis Award, created to recognize internationally acclaimed jazz artists whose body of work has contributed significantly to the renewal of the genre. Previous recipients include Keith Jarrett, Michael Brecker and Charlie Haden. In 2012 he was presented with Guitar Player Magazine’sCertified Legend Award. Past GP Legends include Les Paul, Duane Eddy, Larry Carlton, and others.

This is Mike Stern’s first appearance at Litchfield Jazz Festival. He performs here with Janek Gwizdalaon bass, Bob Franceschini on sax, and Lionel Cordew on drums.

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Front thumbnail image by Sandrine Lee.