David Stern

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, David began his pursuit of music at the age of five. Starting with violin, he participated in many music programs in and outside of school. After experimenting with many types of music and instruments, he set his primary focus to jazz guitar during high school. In the fall of 2014 he moved to Boston to study performance and composition at Berklee College of Music. The four years he spent there were crucial to his musical development. During this time he expanded his group of peer musicians while also studying with notable teachers (including Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Mick Goodrick, George Garzone, Ralph Peterson, and Hal Crook).

In May of 2018 he graduated Berklee and moved to New York City to join the music scene. He currently is an active musician in both public performances and private events (i.e. parties, weddings, cocktail hours, etc.). When not performing, he finds himself teaching on faculty at the New York Jazz Workshop, working as secretary of the Local 802 musician union's Jazz Committee, and pursuing stand-up comedy.


Primary Instrument

Guitar, electric


New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


In addition to his work as a performer, David is an active teacher, available for lessons both in-person in New York City and via Skype for anywhere in the world. He is a certified instructor at the New York Jazz Workshop (https://newyorkjazzworkshop.com/) and the Educational Advantage School of Music (https://www.easchoolofmusic.com/). He also holds a degree in Performance from Berklee College of Music and is the author of the book "Intervallic Patterns for Improvisation." For information about scheduling and rates, please contact David at any time at https://davidsternjazz.com/contact.



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