Here is who performed in 2016:
Mike Stern - guitar
George Colligan - piano / keyboards
Jeremy Allen - bass
Matt Jorgensen - drums
One of the most esteemed electric guitarists of his generation, Mike Stern has distinguished himself over a four-decade career that has encompassed musical partnerships with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, the Brecker Brothers and Joe Henderson, as well as 16 recordings as a leader (six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards). An electrifying soloist whose blistering chops combine rock-fusion firepower with sophisticated jazz harmonies and his inherently bluesy string bending prowess, Stern has the ability to instantly elevate the proceedings on any gig or session he plays by channeling the spirits of his own personal guitar heroes Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall and Albert King.
Born in Boston on January 10, 1953, Stern grew up in Washington, DC, then returned to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music. He got his first big break with Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1976 at age 23. After touring and recording for two years with the popular rock band he was recruited by drummer Billy Cobham for a stint in his powerhouse fusion band Glass Menagerie from 1979 to early 1981. Stern was subsequently recruited by Miles Davis and was part of the jazz legend's celebrated comeback band (with bassist Marcus Miller, drummer Al Foster, percussionist Mino Cinelu and saxophonist Bill Evans), making his public debut with Miles on June 27, 1981 at the KIX nightclub in Boston, a performance documented on the 1982 live album We Want Miles. During his three-year period with Miles, Stern appeared on two other recordings with the jazz maestro – 1981's Man with the Horn and 1983's Star People. He later toured with Jaco Pastorius' Word of Mouth Band from 1983 through 1985 then returned to Miles' lineup for a second tour of duty that lasted close to a year.
Hal Galper - piano
Jeff Johnson - bass
John Bishop - drums
Latin Grammy award winner and internationally renowned pianist and composer Chano Domínguez opens the concert with his trio featuring bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop. From his roots in Andalucia, Chano serves up fresh compositions and re-imagines standards from Miles Davis to Manuel de Falla, all filtered through the lens of traditional flamenco forms: the soulful tangos, the exuberant bulerías and seguidillas, and the bluesy soleá.
Growing up playing guitar in a family of traditional musicians in Cadiz, Chano switched to the piano when he heard the music of Thelonius Monk and Bill Evans. Since then, he has collaborated with top artists in both jazz and flamenco: Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D'Rivera, Herbie Hancock, Paco de Lucia, Tomatito, and many others. Today, he tours internationally and has recorded numerous albums including "Flamenco Sketches" which gave a Spanish flavor to Miles Davis' classic album "Kind of Blue." His compositions have been played by WDR Big Band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Latvia Symphonic Orchestra, and Ballet Nacional de Espana. Domínguez won a Latin Grammy for the soundtrack of the movie Calle 54 (2001), directed by Fernando Trueba, as well as a Grammy nomination for best Latin Jazz Album category with “Flamenco Sketches” (2012) and “Bendito” (2016).
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