Born in Rochester, New York, USA into a family of musicians and raised in New York City.
Parents were professional opera singers (father, Maurice Stern; stepmother, Rita Loving).
Brother Stevie - guitarist/ singer/ blues harp master.
Sister Heidi is the pop singer better known as Jennifer Rush.
As a teenager, learned to play the blues harp by copying Little Walter solos.
Attended the High School of Music & Art in NYC.
Took beginning saxophone lessons with famed woodwind guru Joe Allard.
Relocated with family to Germany after junior year of high school.
Played first professional gigs in US military clubs in the Frankfurt area.
Made first recording as a member of Jazz Fusion group Virgo.
Made first solo recording Bobby Stern and Head, Heart & Hands - Libra.
Toured Europe with Brazilian show Brazil Tropical
Re-formed Head, Heart & Hands (w/ Roy Louis - g, Geoff Stradling - kybds, Wolfgang Schmid - b, Guillermo Marchena - dr, voc, Elmer Louis - perc), recorded 2 more albums, played many festivals.
Became a member of long standing Salsa group Conexion Latina.
Toured Spain with Thad Jones Septet.
Performed several concerts with Spanish piano legend Tete Montoliou.
Appeared as soloist on many pop & disco albums of the period recorded in Munich.
Recorded as soloist on Marvin Gaye's Midnight Love album, co-produced by Harvey Fuqua.