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Yellowjackets & Mike Stern
Lifecycle Revisited (Double Bill)
February 19, 2017 | 7:30 pm- $19 - $49
Yellowjackets is a longstanding, influential Grammy® Award-winning contemporary jazz group that formed in 1977 and first signed to Warner Bros. Records. Their self-titled debut album made an immediate impact on jazz radio while garnering public and critical acclaim. Shortly thereafter, the group was topping the Billboard Jazz Chart and performing to sold out audiences all over the world. While Yellowjackets at it’s core combines acoustic and electric instrumental jazz, the group isn’t afraid of incorporating world beats, strings, vocals, and densely-populated soundscapes featuring elements of electronica. Yellowjackets’ music has taken many unexpected twists and turns over the years and they have evolved and matured considerably across their 20+ releases. While the band is touring in support of its 2016 release Cohearance on Mack Avenue Records, this special PDX Jazz Festival engagement will also feature selections from Yellowjackets’ Grammy® Award-nominated and critically acclaimed 2008 record Lifecycle where they will be joined onstage by guitarist Mike Stern for the first time in nearly a decade.
“…one of the most creative regular groups in the ‘rhythm & jazz’ genre…” – Billboard
As 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, Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, David Sanborn, Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Roy Hargrove, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson and Joe Henderson. He also has 16 releases as a band leader, six of which were nominated for a Grammy® Award. 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 guitar heroes Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall and Albert King. For Stern’s Festival debut, he will perform with drummer Kimberly Thompson and bassist Teymur Phell.
“…high voltage performance…Stern has fully mastered the electric guitar as a jazz instrument.” – L.A. Times