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Bobby Stern

Bobby Stern is a professional, contemporary saxophonist who has mastered both the acoustic, as well as digital mediums of musical creation. As a powerful soloist on tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones, as well as the Akai Electronic Woodwind Instrument ( EWI ), along with his intimate knowledge of production he is constantly exploring combinations of old with new, resulting in a fresh, personal approach to musical expression. Born to a musical family, (which includes sister, singer Jennifer Rush) and raised in New York, Bobby was constantly surrounded by all types of music, but it was not until his late teens after attending the High School of Music and Art in NYC and beginning saxophone studies with noted teacher Joe Allard, that he considered music as a vocation. By that time he had moved with his family to Germany. There, he eventually received his first recording contract, which led to the formation of the group "Head, Heart & Hands", an Afro Caribbean Jazz ensemble which became quite popular; appearing throughout much of Europe. Noted German jazz journalist, the late Joachim E. Behrendt, said of a young Bobby Stern, "....he has the bite and aggresivity of the best soloists in jazz....". Bobby has subsequently performed and recorded with many major jazz and pop artists, among them Marvin Gaye, Thad Jones, Joe Perry, Tete Montoliou, Jennifer Rush, Stevie Woods to name only a few, as well as with a number of his own fine groups. Returning to New York, Bobby spent most of his time freelancing, writing and producing. His CD, "Ten to 2", on his own Human Bean label, featured Bobby exclusively on the Akai E W I. In recent years, he has spent his time between Europe & the U.S. and has recently authored “The Melodic Minor Handbook: A Jazz Player’s Perspective” published and distributed by Jamey Aebersold Jazz (www.jazzbooks.com), the revised edition available in Dec. 2006 (see above). Bobby is currently focusing his energy on his pianoless group, “The Bobby Stern Rough Jazz Trio”, and is available for clinics, workshops & teaching positions worldwide. He currently spends much of his time in Mallorca, Spain.

bobby stern

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