The 55-year-old American is no rocker, but a Berklee-trained jazz musician. His musical acquaintances speak for his tastes: Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker, John Scofield and Dennis Chambers are among his collaborators over the years. And of all those names, it is Stern’s that represents jazz’s closest accommodation with rock. He’s very eclectic and the title of the record explains it all!
Over the years his music has been incorporating into his music many genres: rock, jazz, Latin, African and Middle Eastern grooves and he has travelled the word: his playing transcends genres and he’s just as likely to attract a rock crowd as much a discerning jazz audience. The world is his backyard. That’s the reason why he calls his music … his “big neighborhood!