Leni Stern Leni Stern

Leni Stern is a traveler. Borders are not important, as she fits in effortlessly from place to place. The many languages of rhythm are her passports, her love of people fixes her destinations, and time marks her well-earned path. For over 25 years Stern has found motivation in the ever-changing world around her for the music that she plays, a sound that is equally transforming, malleable, fluid, and moving. Traveling. She came from Europe, put roots down in America, followed the winds to Africa, and her sights are always on the horizon.

It is unique to find a musician so proficient at their art form but who still admits to finding inspiration in the music and culture of the current events around them. Stern’s success as a jazz guitarist (awarded Gibson Guitar’s Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year Award five consecutive years) was no reason to rest on her laurels. Early on she led bands supported by heavyweights, the only ones who could support her big sound and strong melodies (Dennis Chambers, Bill Frisell, Michael Brecker, Paul Motian). As a former actress in Germany, Stern was no stranger to using her voice to connect with her audience. After 6 highly acclaimed instrumental albums Stern bravely chartered the vocal waters on her 1995 album “Words” with the first of many songs to come accompanied by her monster guitar chops.

The voice connects us to each other through words and imagery. With the ability to fluidly speak five languages, Stern found doors open to study the music of different countries and cultures, dipping her toes into an ocean of possibilities. India, Madagascar, Peru, Kenya, Mali and Senegal opened their doors to her as she opened her heart to them. Studying and working alongside some of the greatest musicians around the world (Zakir Hussain, Baaba Maal, Salif Keita, Ami, Sacko, Toumani Diabate) Stern developed her abilities into a vocabulary vast and unnamable. Was it jazz? Was it world? Was it folk? Was it rock? Did it matter?

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April 04, 2018

Guitarist/Composer Leni Stern Weaves Rhythms Of Senegal With The Music...

August 17, 2011

Leni Stern Readies Uplifting, Optimistic Africa Trio CD "Sabani"

May 03, 2011

Leni Stern Digital Single Evokes U2; New CD Sabani Planned for Fall

September 01, 2010

Leni Stern "Sa Belle Belle Ba" Praised by iTunes; Stern to Perform for...

April 08, 2010

Leni Stern 'Spirit in the Water' in New Jazziz Magazine

February 17, 2010

Leni Stern "Spirit in the Water" a "Glorious Triumph"

December 07, 2009

Leni Stern "Spirit in the Water" Evokes India, Mali, Madagascar

February 10, 2009

Leni Stern to Perform at SXSW, March 19th

October 21, 2008

Leni Stern's "Africa" in Running for Two Grammy Nominations

October 17, 2008

Leni Stern to Play with Morley, Salif Keita, Adam Rudolph's Organic...

July 31, 2008

Leni Stern's Africa Praised in JAZZIZ Profile

July 16, 2008

Leni Stern Plays the United Nations, Sets Euro Release for "Africa"

June 17, 2008

Leni Stern to Open for Salif Keita 6/24 in NYC

February 28, 2008

Leni Stern Lyrics: Sociopolitical Nightmares in Africa

November 25, 2007

Songwriter/Guitarist Leni Stern Interviewed at AAJ

December 17, 2007

Leni Stern's "Africa" Among Finest CDs in 2007

November 09, 2007

Leni Stern Joins Salif Keita to Cover U2's "One"

October 09, 2007

Leni Stern's "Africa" out October 30th, to be Featured on CNN Radio

August 27, 2007

Audio Documentary of Africa, by Leni Stern, Ingegrates African and...

May 19, 2000

Patty Giurleo w/ Leni Stern at Passim, Cambridge MA 5/28/00 2pm


Leni Stern Concerts

Date Detail Price
Monika Herzig's Sheroes
Bop Stop
Cleveland, OH

Albums by Leni Stern

Album 3 by Leni Stern


Leni Stern Recordings

Album Jelell by Leni Stern



Album Sabani by Leni Stern


Leni Stern Recordings

Album Smoke, No Fire by Leni Stern

Smoke, No Fire

Self Produced

Album Alu May by Leni Stern

Alu May

Self Produced



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