I'm really lucky to be bringing some fantastic musicians. Dennis Chambers on Drums who I've played with for years, Jimmy Haslip on Bass who I've played with when I was a guest with the yellow jackets, Danny Walsh, an amazing tenor saxophone player who I played with a lot in New York City, and Leni Stern, My wife, who is a wonderful, creative musician. Wonderful guitar player and also plays n'goni which is an African instrument. We are going to be playing a couple of her tunes which are African influenced, and of course, we'll be playing a bunch of my tunes. I've never played with Dennis Chambers and Jimmy Haslip together, but I know they're an amazing rhythm section because I've heard them together with other bands. So this gig should be really really special. A great band, playing at a great club!
Looking forward to being there on March 16th, 17th, and 18th. See you soon!" - Mike Stern
Mike Stern - Guitar
Mike Stern was first noticed as an acclaimed sideman for Miles Davis, Billy Cobham, the Brecker Brothers, Jaco Pastorius, Steps Ahead, David Sanborn, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Joe Henderson and the all-star Four Generations of Miles band. Stern made his mark with Miles Davis in the early '80s before launching his solo career in 1985. Since then he has released 18 recordings as a leader, six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards. Stern's latest Concord Jazz release, Eleven, is an encounter with Grammy-winning keyboardist-composer-producer Jeff Lorber. Co-produced by bassist Jimmy Haslip, who had previously worked with the guitarist on the Yellowjacket's 2008 album, Lifecycle, this lively collaboration finds Stern at the peak of his powers, following on the heels of 2017's acclaimed Trip.
Dennis Chambers - Drums
Dennis Chambers mostly known as Carlos Santana drummer. He has also recorded and performed with John Scofield, George Duke, Brecker Brothers, Steely Dan, Parliament/Funkadelic, John McLaughlin, Niacin, Mike Stern, CAB, Greg Howe, and many others. First time plating at Bird's Basement, Dennis Chambers is making a rare appearance in Australia to the delight of many drummers.
Jimmy Haslip - Bass
Jimmy Haslip (bass) is the co-founder of the Yellow Jackets.
In 1978 Jimmy met guitarist Robben Ford and keyboardist Russell Ferrante and formed a group to record Robben's first solo recording on Electra-Asylum. This critically acclaimed album, called " The Inside Story" became a landmark recording. That album led to the formation of The Yellowjackets. Yellowjackets, the two time Grammy winners, have been nominated for seventeen Grammy's. Jimmy was also nominated for an Edison award in 2000. and more recently another Grammy nomination, his 18th for the Jeff Lorber Fusion "NOW IS THE TIME" recording, which he co-produced.
Leni Stern - Guitar / N'goni
Regarded as the "First Lady" of jazz guitar, German-born composer Leni Stern has become a respected force on the global music scene, earning the Orville H. Gibson Award for Best Female Jazz Guitarist for five consecutive years from 1996 through 2000. With songs ranging from the delicately melodic to bebop and funk, Stern has won accolades for both her compositions and her guitar skills from the world's most respected music critics and publications. Guitar Player once described her work as "a case study in the interactive properties of composition and improvisation," while Jazz Times likewise applauded Stern's music, calling it "crisp, confident and bursting with energy."
Danny Walsh - Sax
World class saxophonist, composer, and performer, Danny Walsh is regarded as one of the most gifted and versatile recording artists today. Upon graduation from The Berklee School of Music, Danny was immediately hired by Aerosmith. Soon after he secured more recording and touring opportunities with the Mingus Dynasty Big Band, Greg Allman, Lenny White, Phil Woods, Mulgrew Miller, Marcus Miller, and Bruce Springsteen.