Episode 4- with Mike Stern 

My guest today is Mike Stern. 

Mike is one of my favorite guitarists and has been since I first got interested in jazz as a teenager. Mike cut his teeth playing in blues and rock bands like Blood Sweat and Tears before joining the Miles Davis Band in the early 80’s. His career with Miles, Steps Ahead, and also with The Brecker Brothers and Jaco Pastorious is widely documented. His solo career has produced 16 solo records and numerous Grammy nominations. 

 I like to think of Mike's playing like equal parts NYC sophistication and part “cobra” guitar player -  he can bend your ear with the hippest be-bop lines played with flawless right hand technique or seduce you with that big piano sound he dials up (with that ancient Yamaha SPX 90) and then without warning he’ll stomp on his distortion pedal and slay you with screaming rock licks, building solo after solo up to an intensity like few guitarists can. 

This interview took place at Mike Stern’s apt in NYC  Feb 2016. 

In this casual interview Mike talks about many topics including -

the importance of good time, what he learned from Miles Davis, singing what you play, some cool sax licks Michael Brecker showed him,what it was like playing with his good friend the late Jaco Pastorius- and of course lots of funny stories! 

Mike is an inspiring guy to be around- he is always practicing and still hungry to learn after many years or playing. Even though he's at the top of his game he is a humble cat and it’s not beneath him to stop you to learn a lick or idea-  He’s also a pretty hilarious guy as you'll hear- Enjoy! 

MIKE STERN WEBSITE

Mike Stern and Shane Theriot NYC 2016



 

12 comments

  • Mark Corradetti

    Mark Corradetti LA

    Great hang...enjoying it!!

    Great hang...enjoying it!!

  • Kirk Cov

    Kirk Cov LA / Austin

    Way to go Shane very cool! Hope to join in very soon

    Way to go Shane
    very cool!
    Hope to join in very soon

  • Jeff Boehlert

    Jeff Boehlert

    Really diggin the Riff Raff Shane !! Keep'em coming. Best JB

    Really diggin the Riff Raff Shane !! Keep'em coming. Best JB

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Great show as usual, Shane. Can't wait for your next solo release as well. Keep up the great work in all areas and THANK YOU for it all. - MJ

    Great show as usual, Shane. Can't wait for your next solo release as well. Keep up the great work in all areas and THANK YOU for it all. - MJ

  • Eric Bolivar

    Eric Bolivar New Orleans

    Great stuff.. Feel like I'm in the room hangin with you guys....

    Great stuff.. Feel like I'm in the room hangin with you guys....

  • Carl Clark

    Carl Clark Cinci

    Great to hear you two together...just Killin' it! I've been a fan of you and Mike for a long time... Keep it going!

    Great to hear you two together...just Killin' it!
    I've been a fan of you and Mike for a long time... Keep it going!

  • Anthony Cook

    Anthony Cook Los Angeles

    Riff Raff ... Great addition to any musicians pallet and/or the music enthusiast(s) who enjoy quality music time ! Cheers, Shane!

    Riff Raff ... Great addition to any musicians pallet and/or the music enthusiast(s) who enjoy quality music time ! Cheers, Shane!

  • Alan Wherry

    Alan Wherry the Bronx

    Utterly inspiring, required listening. Keep them coming please.....

    Utterly inspiring, required listening. Keep them coming please.....

  • Mark Turner

    Mark Turner Merrimack NH

    Awesome Shane! Keep these coming they are excellent!

    Awesome Shane! Keep these coming they are excellent!

  • Will Clemons

    Will Clemons Oneonta, NY

    Shane, I really enjoy Riff Raff and your work with Daryl Hall. You have terrific phrasing....so well done!

    Shane,
    I really enjoy Riff Raff and your work with Daryl Hall. You have terrific phrasing....so well done!

  • Carl D

    Carl D Alaska

    Hey Shane Listening to this now .. so cool .. it sounds like guys were having a blast with each other. I bet that session coulda gone on forever. :) Stay well.

    Hey Shane

    Listening to this now .. so cool .. it sounds like guys were having a blast with each other. I bet that session coulda gone on forever. smile

    Stay well.

  • Mike

    Mike Colorado

    Wow Shane, besides you - you have been catching up with all of my favorite players! One of the best concerts I ever saw was Mike Stern in about 1997 in the mid-west no less, Joe Lovano's group opened the show and that was almost too much great music for one evening. I was overloaded for about a week they all played their asses off that night. Keep up the great work, man!!

    Wow Shane, besides you - you have been catching up with all of my favorite players! One of the best concerts I ever saw was Mike Stern in about 1997 in the mid-west no less, Joe Lovano's group opened the show and that was almost too much great music for one evening. I was overloaded for about a week they all played their asses off that night. Keep up the great work, man!!

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