It's time for Berklee's annual Summer Guitar Sessions Week and it is not often that you can witness accomplished live acts for $8-$12 per ticket. The legendary Mike Stern will be at Berklee Performance Center on Monday as part of this special guitar week and if you have any money left from the recent Rolling Stones concert in Boston ($625-$1200 per ticket: That is ONE ticket, not the entire row), you should definitely pay a visit to Mike Stern.
Stern is a six-time Grammy nominee and why they haven't awarded him yet baffles inquiring minds as he is arguably one of the most influential jazz guitarists of his generation.
Stern studied music at Berklee College of Music before joining Blood, Sweat & Tears and then the gods of serendipity were feeling generous enough to arrange a recruitment by Miles Davis. Turns out Mr. Davis had less doubts about Mike Stern's "worthiness" than the Grammy committee, who probably felt that after awarding Milli Vanilli (please look it up) and several members of the Mickey Mouse Club with the prestigious award, the honor of the academy could be re-established by being egregiously strict about not handing one out to Justin Bieber and, of course, Mike Stern. Perhaps in their world this all makes sense; it's sort of like criticizing U.S. foreign policy while watching the Kardashians.
Mike Stern's accomplishments include receiving the honor as Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year by Guitar Player Magazine (1993) and a hot spot on DownBeat's list of 75 Great Guitarists. His notable collaborations include jams with Michael Brecker, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson and Esperanza Spalding.
On Monday, the concert will feature Teymur Phell on bass and Richie Morales on drums.
Guitar Sessions: Mike Stern
Monday / August 19, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center