Ethan Stern was born and raised on the sounds of Klezmer, Latin Jazz, and RnB in sunny San Diego starting in 1991. After being introduced to the piano at a very early age, Ethan developed a natural talent for the instrument, growing as a classical and pop music pianist. At the age of 14, he acquired a deep love for jazz after learning from Jimmy Heath and Mulgrew Miller at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Discovering that the music yielded endless potential for growth, he became very deeply involved in the collection and practice of Jazz.
Only through being offered a scholarship through Tulane University did Ethan consider moving to New Orleans. For years, his heart had been set on going to New York city, yet he found a place that couldn't be better for him. Under the tutelage of Jesse McBride, he gained a profound love of the music and composers of New Orleans including several he has been able to perform with including Donald Harrison Jr., Ellis Marsalis, Maurice Brown, George Porter Jr., and Delfeayo Marsalis.
After spending three years studying in New Orleans and one in Amsterdam at the Conservatory van Amsterdam, he discovered his deep appreciation for any music that pushes the boundary of what is art. Looking to all corners of music for inspiration, he is involved with projects that range from Afrobeat band Kumasi, singer/songwriter Abby Diamond, modern jazz project the Mike McCullough Quartet, Jazz/pop project Loose Willis and his own personal project Jazz/Rock/Funk outfit Doombalaya. Ethan has been commissioned to compose for various A Capella groups, jazz groups, and hip hop outfits.