Mike Stern with Dave Weckl and Tom Kennedy | 11.17.10-11.20.10

For lack of a better comparison, he sounds like a bit like Pat Metheny meets Hendrix.

One of the greatest guitar players of our time is coming to play with a couple of our hometown heroes. Mike Stern will be playing a series of shows this week at Jazz at the Bistro with saxophonist Bob Malach and the world-renowned drummer Dave Weckl, along with Weckl’s longtime friend, the incredibly diverse bassist Tom Kennedy.
Weckl and Kennedy grew up in the St. Louis area together and have been pushing each other to the limits of imagination and skill for more than a few years now. Weckl is considered by many to be one of the best drummers around and is most noted for his solo albums and his work with the Chick Corea Elektric Band, as well as for a multitude of instructional materials. If you haven’t seen Weckl in a while, his craft has evolved to the point where his control is only equaled by his ability to groove.
Tom Kennedy has been on numerous recordings and tours with the likes of Al Di Meola, Michael Brecker, Dave Grusin and drummers Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine and Vinnie Coliuta, to name just a few. He plays the upright beautifully and is a monster on the electric. Kennedy also has two solo projects, Basses Loaded and Bassics,which are definitely worth checking out.
Mike Stern got his first real big break with Miles Davis. It is well known that Miles had a wicked sense for talent and was able to bring out the best performances from the best players. Stern made more of a name for himself touring with David Sanborn and joining the Brecker Brothers and Steps Ahead, but it is the sound that he forged with his signature chorus Telecaster that led to his solo albums Upside Downside and Time in Place. These two albums put him at the forefront of the guitar and jazz scene where he gained much recognition and acclaim. His playing can range from the very subtle and sublime, to mind-blowing bop, to over-the-top, outrageous rocking out. For lack of a better comparison, he sounds like a bit like Pat Metheny meets Hendrix. Put it this way—you have to see it for yourself.
Stern’s 2009 album, Big Neighborhood, features collaborations with some of the best cats to be found and is definitely worth picking up beforehand. And, Jazz at the Bistro is a great place to see this rare event. It is an intimate room with a warm vibe. As a bonus, they also have great food. | Derek Lauer
Mike Stern will be performing with Dave Weckl and Tom Kennedy at Jazz at the Bistro from 11/17/10-11/20/10. Tickets are $30-35.

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