On the heels of his new release, Who Let the Cats Out? (Heads Up), the three-time Grammy nominee weaves various musical influences into his guitar-playing. "I am a jazz player," he says, "but you have to follow your musical heart." He must have learned this lesson while performing with Miles Davis and close friend Jaco Pastorius in the Eighties. "Miles Davis had a lot of ideas. He was gut-level, and the groove was more like a feeling, no matter where it came from," Stern says. "I like the idea of being so open. And the jazz guitar world is far more eclectic. The instrument is everywhere, in every musical style." Along for the ride are Bob Franceschini (tenor sax), Lincoln Goines (bass), and Lionel Cordew (drums), all of whom have performed and recorded with Stern over the years. "They're wide-open, awesome musicians in the Miles tradition," he adds. Ernest Barteldes
Mike Stern is ready to soothe the house
Mike Stern performs at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. Thursday, September 14, through Saturday, September 16, at the Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club, 6701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 305-403-7568 or visit www.arturosandovaljazzclub.com.