Mike Stern is a six-time Grammy-nominated American jazz guitarist. After playing with Blood, Sweat & Tears, he worked with drummer Billy Cobham with trumpeter Miles Davis from 1981 to 1983 and again in 1985, he began a solo career, releasing more than a dozen albums. Stern was named Best Jazz Guitarist of 1993 by Guitar Player magazine. At the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in June 2007, he was given the Miles Davis Award, created to recognize internationally acclaimed jazz artists whose work has contributed to the renewal of the genre. In 2009 Stern was listed on Down Beat's list of 75 best jazz guitarist of all time, he received Guitar Player magazine's Certified Legend Award on January 21, 2012. Stern was born Michael Sedgwick in Boston, the son of Helen and Henry Dwight Sedgwick V, his adoptive stepfather was Philip M. Stern, the son of businessman Edgar B. Stern Sr. and grandson of philanthropist Julius Rosenwald. His sister Holly is the mother of actor Philip Nozuka and singers George Nozuka, Justin Nozuka and Henry Nozuka.
Stern is married to vocalist Leni Stern. Stern grew up in Washington, D. C. and attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. When he was twenty-two, he became a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears and spent three years with the band, appearing on the albums More Than Ever and Brand New Day. In 1979, he joined Billy Cobham's fusion band. Two years he joined Miles Davis, making his public debut in 1981, a performance recorded on the album We Want Miles, he remained with Davis through 1983. At the time, Stern was a heavy heroin user. In a 2009 interview, he said, "If Miles wants to put you in a rehab, you know you've got something wrong". From 1983 to 1984 he toured in 1985 returned to tour with Davis. Stern and his wife were in rehabilitation. Stern's solo debut, Upside Downside, with Jaco Pastorius, David Sanborn, Bob Berg, was released on Atlantic Records in 1986. From 1986 through 1988, he was a member of Michael Brecker's quintet, appearing on Don't Try This at Home, his second Atlantic album, 1988's Time in Place, featured Peter Erskine on drums, Jim Beard on keyboards, Jeff Andrews on bass, Don Alias on percussion and Don Grolnick on organ.
His next album, was produced by guitarist Steve Khan and included the song "Chief", Stern's tribute to Miles Davis. In 1989, Stern formed a touring group with Dennis Chambers and Lincoln Goines, they are featured on the album Odds or Evens. In 1992, Stern joined a reunited Brecker Brothers Band for two years, his acclaimed 1993 album, led to his being named Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year by the readers and critics of Guitar Player. He followed that with 1994's Is What It Is and 1996's Between the Lines, both of which received Grammy Award nominations. In 1997 he released Give and Take, with bassist John Patitucci, drummer Jack DeJohnette, percussionist Don Alias and special guests Michael Brecker and David Sanborn, he won the Orville W. Gibson Award for Best Jazz Guitarist. After fifteen years with Atlantic, Stern signed with ESC Records for the 2004 release of These Times, an eclectic album that included guest appearances by bassist Richard Bona, saxophonist Kenny Garrett and banjoist Béla Fleck.
He joined the Heads Up label with the August 2006 release of Who Let the Cats Out? In 2008, he collaborated with the Yellowjackets for their Lifecycle album, contributing two compositions and performing on most of the tracks, toured with the Yellowjackets for much of 2008 and 2009. In February 2009, in the first of a series of articles celebrating Down Beat's 75th anniversary, Stern was named one of the 75 Great Guitarists of all time. In August 2009, Stern released Big Neighborhood, nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, he was presented with Guitar Player magazine's Certified Legend Award on January 21, 2012. This was given to him at the Muriel Anderson All-Star Guitar night, where he performed with Lee Ritenour. Other guitarists who have won the award include Les Paul, Duane Eddy, Dick Dale, Larry Carlton and Tommy Emmanuel. In June of that year, Stern released All Over the Place, featuring trumpeter Randy Brecker, saxophonists Kenny Garrett, Chris Potter, Bob Franceschini and Bob Malach, drummers Dave Weckl, Keith Carlock, Lionel Cordew, Al Foster, Kim Thompson, keyboardist/producer Jim Beard, Stern's wife and vocalist Leni Stern.
Acoustic and electric bassist present included Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Dave Holland, Tom Kennedy, Will Lee and Victor Bailey. In 2014, Stern toured with guitarist Eric Johnson in the Eclectic Guitar Tour, they recorded an album of the same name. In the summer of 2016, Stern reported serious injuries to his shoulders and right arm after tripping and falling, it ended his European tour, he had to modify his playing technique to keep performing. In the summer of 2017 he returned to Europe on tour with a new formation called Mike Stern/Randy Brecker Band, featuring Randy Brecker, Teymur Phell and Lenny White. In 2017, Stern recorded "Mike Stern: Burn with Stern!", a series of jazz guitar instructional videos for TAGAPublishing.com. An early and important guitar for Stern was a hybrid 1950s/1960s Fender Telecaster owned by Roy Buchanan and Danny Gatton, stolen from him in an armed robbery in Boston; this guitar is the basis for a custom-made guitar built by Boston-based luthier Michael Aronson.
The Aronson guitar is in turn the basis for the Yamaha PA1511MS, the Mike Stern
Virtual International Authority File
The Virtual International Authority File is an international authority file. It is a joint project of several national libraries and operated by the Online Computer Library Center. Discussion about having a common international authority started in the late 1990s. After a series of failed attempts to come up with a unique common authority file, the new idea was to link existing national authorities; this would present all the benefits of a common file without requiring a large investment of time and expense in the process. The project was initiated by the US Library of Congress, the German National Library and the OCLC on August 6, 2003; the Bibliothèque nationale de France joined the project on October 5, 2007. The project transitioned to being a service of the OCLC on April 4, 2012; the aim is to link the national authority files to a single virtual authority file. In this file, identical records from the different data sets are linked together. A VIAF record receives a standard data number, contains the primary "see" and "see also" records from the original records, refers to the original authority records.
The data are available for research and data exchange and sharing. Reciprocal updating uses the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting protocol; the file numbers are being added to Wikipedia biographical articles and are incorporated into Wikidata. VIAF's clustering algorithm is run every month; as more data are added from participating libraries, clusters of authority records may coalesce or split, leading to some fluctuation in the VIAF identifier of certain authority records. Authority control Faceted Application of Subject Terminology Integrated Authority File International Standard Authority Data Number International Standard Name Identifier Wikipedia's authority control template for articles Official website VIAF at OCLC
James Robert Haslip is an American bass guitarist, a founding former member of the jazz fusion group the Yellowjackets. He was an early user of the five-string electric bass. Born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican immigrants, Spanish was Haslip's first language and he learned to speak English in kindergarten, his father, James Joseph Haslip served in the United States Customs Service, beginning as a Merchant Marine until moving to patrolman and deputy commissioner, marrying Jimmy's mother Virginia Haslip in 1937. Haslip moved to Huntington, New York when he was four years old. At age seven, he began playing drums and moved onto other instruments such as trumpet and tuba until playing bass at age 15. Although he took music lessons and went to a private music school, he considers himself self-taught, he has said that he went to a local music shop with his father and purchased a right-handed bass and learned to play it upside down. In an interview with magazine JazzTimes, Haslip said he was surrounded by music as a young boy, from visiting nightclubs and concert venues to his peers.
He explains that there was music in his house as well, from his older brother Gabriel listening to classic jazz, his father listening to Latin and orchestra jazz and his aunt listening to "sappy stuff like Jerry Vale and Johnny Mathis". In high school, Haslip created his first band called Soul Mine with his high school classmates, playing soul music at school dances and parties. In the early 1970s, he toured alongside musicians, moved to Los Angeles in 1976, where he played with guitarists Tommy Bolin and Harvey Mandel. in addition to the Yellowjackets, he has worked with Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Bruce Hornsby, Rita Coolidge, Gino Vannelli, Tommy Bolin, Allan Holdsworth, Marilyn Scott, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Donald Fagen, Anita Baker. Haslip has released two solo albums: Arc, Red Heat, with Joe Vannelli, in 2000, he remains active with the Yellowjackets, is part of a combo with Allan Holdsworth, Alan Pasqua, Chad Wackerman. Other collaborations include Jing Modereko. Haslip was a member of the rock group Blackjack from 1979–1980 with Bruce Kulick, Sandy Gennaro, Michael Bolton.
He toured with guitarist Allan Holdsworth and drummer Virgil Donati. In 2012, Haslip took a year-long break—which turned permanent—from the Yellowjackets to spend more time with his family and focus on other musical projects, he was replaced by the son of Felix. Regarding this topic, he stated: "The primary reason for my hiatus is so that I can spend more quality time with my family", says Haslip. "I spent ten months on the road last year. The break will give me an opportunity to spend more time at home as well as work on other artistic endeavors, such as independently producing projects". Haslip adds, "there is no animosity by any means. Everybody is still friends and I'm excited for the band and their upcoming plans with Felix". In a 1997 article, Haslip mentioned he has been a vegetarian since 1972 and leads a healthy life and enjoys exercising, he said he has lost some of his music idols and mentors to drugs and violence including fellow bass player Jaco Pastorius. In 2001, Haslip performed at a benefit concert for Union Station Foundation, a Pasadena, California-based organization for the homeless, alongside actors Hector Elizondo and Jeff Goldblum.
Haslip released a compilation album called "Junction" with all the proceeds going to the Union Station Foundation. Haslip has a wife named Nancy, they have three children. Haslip is a fan of sports including football and baseball. Official website Yellowjackets Official Site Bass Frontiers interview
David Becker is an American jazz guitarist. He is a graduate of the Musicians Institute. David and his brother Bruce formed the David Becker Tribune and toured Germany in 1984. After touring the colleges that same year, the band signed with MCA and released its debut album Long Peter Madsen in 1986. In 1988, Siberian Express, produced with Ken Caillat was released and reached No. 3 on R&R and the track "Anja" reached No. 1. This was followed in 1990 and 1991 by two albums, Third Time In Motion. In 2000, the band released one of Germerica. In 2004, Where's Henning reached No. 34 on the JazzWeek chart. A solo album, a duo with jazz guitarist Joe Diorio, The Color of Sound, followed in 2005. Batavia was released world wide on August 6, 2010 to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the atom bomb in Japan; the compositions were influenced by Becker's mother's family in Indonesia and their internment in a Japanese concentration camp during World War II. Batavia was voted one of the Best World Music recordings of 2010 by World Music Central.org.
In 2013 Distance Traveled was reached No. 18 on the CMJ charts. In July 2015, Becker released the solo album The Lonely Road. At the 2015 Winter NAMM show, Heritage Guitars unveiled the David Becker H- 575 Signature model. Becker appears on the Colbie Caillat album, Breakthrough as well as her album All of You, he produced an Attila Zoller tribute album released by Enja in 2015. The album includes Ron Carter, Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, John Abercrombie. Long Peter Madsen Siberian Express Third Time Around In Motion Nevsky Prospekt Where's Henning? Leaving Argentina Batavia Distance Traveled 2005: Getting Your Improvising Into Shape 2010: Playing in Shapes 2013: Rhythmic Motifs for Comping and Soloing 2015: Transitions to Jazz Official website
Club Nocturne is the 13th studio album from the jazz group Yellowjackets, their sixth and final release for the Warner Bros. label. The album was nominated for "Best Contemporary Jazz Album" Grammy Award; the album conceived as an all vocal jazz album, contains four tracks with vocals, featuring vocalists Kurt Elling, Brenda Russell, Jonathan Butler. It is the final album recorded during drummer Will Kennedy's original tenure; the track "Spirit of the West" remains a staple in the Yellowjackets' live set. Yellowjackets: Russell Ferrante - keyboards Jimmy Haslip - bass Will Kennedy - drums Bob Mintzer - tenor and soprano saxophones Guest Musicians: Jonathan Butler - lead & background vocals Kurt Elling - vocals James Harrah - guitar Gino Vannelli - lead vocals Munyungo Jackson - percussion Richard Page - background vocals Brenda Russell - vocals Yellowjackets - producers Rich Breen - recording engineer, mixing engineer Doug Sax - mastering engineer Troy Gonzalez - assistant engineer Steve Harrison - assistant engineer Jason Mauza - assistant engineer David Nottingham - assistant engineer Doug Boehm - assistant engineer Curt Kroeger - assistant engineer Jeff Robinette - assistant engineer Margi Denton - art direction and design Hillary Sunenshine - art direction and design Marina Chavez - photography Sally G. Poppe - production coordinator Gary Borman - artist management Recorded at: One on One Studios, North Hollywood, CA, USA.
A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest; the Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually. It shares recognition of the music industry as that of the other performance awards such as the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the Tony Awards, the Game Awards; the first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959, to honor and respect the musical accomplishments by performers for the year 1958. Following the 2011 ceremony, the Academy overhauled many Grammy Award categories for 2012; the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, honoring the best achievements from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, were held on February 10, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Grammys had their origin in the Hollywood Walk of Fame project in the 1950s; as the recording executives chosen for the Walk of Fame committee worked at compiling a list of important recording industry people who might qualify for a Walk of Fame star, they realized there were many more people who were leaders in their business who would never earn a star on Hollywood Boulevard.
The music executives decided to rectify this by creating an award given by their industry similar to the Oscars and the Emmys. This was the beginning of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. After it was decided to create such an award, there was still a question of, they settled on using the name of the invention of Emile Berliner, the gramophone, for the awards, which were first given for the year 1958. The first award ceremony was held in two locations on May 4, 1959 - Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills California, Park Sheraton Hotel in New York City, 28 Grammys were awarded; the number of awards given grew and fluctuated over the years with categories added and removed, at one time reaching over 100. The second Grammy Awards held in 1959, was the first ceremony to be televised, but the ceremony was not aired live until the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971; the gold-plated trophies, each depicting a gilded gramophone, are made and assembled by hand by Billings Artworks in Ridgway, Colorado.
In 1990 the original Grammy design was revamped, changing the traditional soft lead for a stronger alloy less prone to damage, making the trophy bigger and grander. Billings developed a zinc alloy named grammium, trademarked; the trophies with the recipient's name engraved on them are not available until after the award announcements, so "stunt" trophies are re-used each year for the broadcast. By February 2009, a total of 7,578 Grammy trophies had been awarded; the "General Field" are four awards. Record of the Year is awarded to the performer and the production team of a single song if other than the performer. Album of the Year is awarded to the performer and the production team of a full album if other than the performer. Song of the Year is awarded to the writer/composer of a single song. Best New Artist is awarded to a promising breakthrough performer who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording that establishes the public identity of that artist; the only two artists to win all four of these awards are Christopher Cross, who won all four in 1980, Adele, who won the Best New Artist award in 2009 and the other three in 2012 and 2017.
Other awards are given for performance and production in specific genres, as well as for other contributions such as artwork and video. Special awards are given for longer-lasting contributions to the music industry; because of the large number of award categories, the desire to feature several performances by various artists, only the ones with the most popular interest - about 10 to 12, including the four General Field categories and one or two categories in the most popular music genres - are presented directly at the televised award ceremony. The many other Grammy trophies are presented in a pre-telecast'Premiere Ceremony' earlier in the afternoon before the Grammy Awards telecast. On April 6, 2011, The Recording Academy announced a drastic overhaul of many Grammy Award categories for 2012; the number of categories was cut from 109 to 78. The most important change was the elimination of the distinction between male and female soloists and between collaborations and duo/groups in various genre fields.
Several categories for instrumental soloists were discontinued. Recordings in these categories now fall under the general categories for best solo performances. In the rock field, the separate categories for hard rock and metal albums were combined and the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category was eliminated due to a waning number of entries. In R&B, the distinction between best contemporary R&B album and other R&B albums has been eliminated, they now feature in general Best R&B Album category. In rap, the categories for best rap soloist and best rap duo or group have been merged into the new Best Rap Performance category; the most eliminations occurred in the roots category. Up to and including 2011, there were separate categories for various regional American music forms, such as Hawaiian music, Native American music and Zydeco/Cajun music. Due to the low number
Derek Sherinian is an American keyboardist who has toured and recorded for Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa. He was a member of Dream Theater from 1994–99, is the founder of Planet X and one of the founding members of Black Country Communion and Sons of Apollo, he has released seven solo albums that have featured a variety of prominent guest musicians, including guitarists Slash, Yngwie Malmsteen, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Lukather, Joe Bonamassa, Billy Sheehan, Zakk Wylde and Al Di Meola. Sherinian has distinguished himself by his aggressive "guitaristic" approach to his keyboard style. In 2018, he was voted #9 Greatest Keyboardist Ever in Prog Magazine, he has appeared on the cover of numerous keyboard magazines around the world, including the November 2011 issue of Keyboard Magazine, which declared Sherinian a "Keyboard Hero for a new generation". He has been called the "King of the Keys" by Guitar World magazine and the "Caligula of Keyboards" by Alice Cooper.
His musical influences include Van Halen and Jeff Beck. He has a special interest in Armenian history. Derek Sherinian was born in California, he began taking piano lessons at age five in California. After his junior year at Soquel High School, he received a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he was the roommate of future Megadeth guitarist and Trans-Siberian Orchestra musical director Al Pitrelli, he has since studied with other keyboardists, including Mitchel Forman, T Lavitz, Russell Ferrante and Alex Alessandroni. Sherinian's first professional gig after leaving Boston was with ex-Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies drummer Buddy Miles touring the Chitlin' Circuit. Sherinian received his first big break with Alice Cooper in 1989 to tour in support of the platinum selling Trash album. Sherinian toured and recorded with Cooper on and off until 1998. Sherinian played offstage keyboards on the 1992 KISS Revenge tour. In 1994, Sherinian replaced Kevin Moore in the progressive metal/progressive rock band Dream Theater just for the band's promotional tour for Awake.
On February 1995, however, he was made a full-time member of the band. He recorded the albums A Change of Seasons, Falling into Infinity, Once in a LIVEtime with Dream Theater before being replaced in January 1999 by Jordan Rudess due to creative differences and turmoil within the band. Sherinian remained on good terms with the band, reunited with Dream Theater for a one-off concert in 2004, recorded and released as When Dream and Day Reunite; the band's performance of "Metropolis Pt. 1" featured an extended improvisation between Sherinian and guitarist John Petrucci. During the late 1990s, Sherinian released two albums with the progressive rock supergroup Platypus, which featured Dream Theater bassist John Myung, Dixie Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein, King's X guitarist Ty Tabor; the group released two albums, When Pus Comes to Shove and Ice Cycles, before disbanding in 2000. Since 1999, Sherinian has recorded seven solo albums, featuring performances by numerous acclaimed musicians. Sherinian's first solo album, Planet X, written and recorded with Australian drummer Virgil Donati, led to the formation of a band of the same name.
Guitar virtuoso Tony MacAlpine was recruited to complete the band. Sherinian has stated that his intention when forming Planet X was to create a group of musicians that "played their instruments so fiercely that they would strike fear in the hearts of all musicians". In 2001, Derek teamed with drummer Simon Phillips and guitarists Steve Lukather and Zakk Wylde to record Inertia, followed by Black Utopia. For Black Utopia, three new faces joined Sherinian's group: bassist Billy Sheehan, rock guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola. With respect to this fusion-influenced lineup, Sherinian stated: I have always been a fan of jazz fusion, but from the perspective of a rock player crossing over to jazz, not vice versa. I think, how Jeff Beck approached his classic instrumental records and I like to follow in that path. Sherinian calls the album "a lot darker and heavier than ". In Japan, the cover of Black Utopia was altered to remove the cross in the title without Sherinian's consent.
Sherinian extended further into the fusion realm by collaborating with guitarist Allan Holdsworth and violinist Jerry Goodman on Mythology. In addition to another appearance by Phillips, other musicians appearing on this recording were Zakk Wylde, John Sykes, Steve Stevens, Tony Franklin. Since 2002, Sherinian has toured with several well-known artists, including Billy Idol and Yngwie Malmsteen. Derek's fifth solo album, Blood of the Snake, features contributions from Idol, as well as former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, John Petrucci of Dream Theater, Brian Tichy. A video for a cover version of Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" was released along with the album. Sherinian worked with duduk master Djivan Gasparyan on the song "Prelude To Battle" on the release, written for his great grandmother who survived the Armenian genocide. In 2009, Sherinian released his sixth solo album, Molecular Heinosity, again featuring Zakk Wylde, Tony Franklin and Brian Tichy; that year, Sherinian performed a one-off acoustic gig with Alice in Chains to launch their Black Gives Way to Blue album.
In September 2011, Sherinian released his seventh solo album