Leni Stern is a singer, guitarist, label owner, author, composer, orchestrator, social advocate, martial artist (she holds three belts in the Southern Shaolin discipline of Hung-Ga), cancer survivor and proud New York City resident.
Stern originally made a name for herself in jazz circles (her first nine albums were instrumental,) then crossed her talents over into the singer-songwriter realm, garnering consistent acclaim in the process. Her music incorporates “intelligent lyrics and beautifully drawn vignettes” (Washington Post)...“crystalline, jazz-meets-blues guitar lines” (Guitar Player).
Born in Munich, Germany, Leni started playing piano at the age of six and guitar at eleven. At seventeen, she formed her own acting company. Her radical productions sold out houses across Europe and attracted press and TV coverage. In 1977, she turned her attention to music and left for the United States to study film scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Film scoring gave way to her love for guitar and in 1981, Leni moved to New York City to play in a variety of rock and jazz bands. In 1983, she formed a group of her own with Paul Motion on drums and Bill Frisell on guitar. In between writing, recording, and touring, Leni runs her own record label, Leni Stern Recordings (LSR).
""Love Comes Quietly"" follows Stern's breakthrough CD, ""When Evening Falls"". National, regional, jazz and rock writers alike weighed in on the 2004 album and rewarded it with the best reviews of Stern's 19-year music career. THE WASHINGTON POST described it as ""Inspired"" and infused ""With a Surprising Array of Colors, Textures and Rhythms"". ""Graceful,"" praised the BOSTON PHOENIX. JAZZTIMES called it ""Exotic and Solemnly Beautiful."" ""Joni Mitchell-Meets-Marianne Faithfull,” buzzed THE ALBANY TIMES UNION. A “Fleet and Lyrical guitarist”, praised THE NEW YORKER. “Rickie Lee Jones-like...”; “A Gifted Singer-Songwriter with a Wide-Ranging Sensibility and Sophisticated Guitar and Harmonic Chops” buzzed THE BOSTON GLOBE; “A Mature and Worldly Composer” “Leading the Charge in…the New 'Folk Jazz'"" declared THE BOSTON HERALD.
Stern, an accomplished Blues and Jazz guitarist, was chosen as Gibson's Female Guitarist of the Year five consecutive times. She was included, among such Stratocaster icons as Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, in Tom Wheeler's The Stratocaster Chronicles, a coffee-table book released by Fender.
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