Jesse Stern

Welcome to my site. I'm a professional Los Angeles touring & session bassist, and a multi-instrumental songwriter & producer.

Recently I have performed and/or recorded with Jordin Sparks, Sly Stone, George Clinton, Chad Smith (of RHCP). I have also worked with Guy Sebastian, Hanson, Weezer, Ricardo Lemvo, and lots of incredible artists, players, producers, composers from the Los Angeles area and around the world.

Besides working for other artists, I write and produce songs, which you can hear at my "SoundCloud page. I am co-founder and Musical Director for a successful 80s tribute band, The Young Guns. I am also a bassist, co-writer and key member of the band Cinco Santos.

I play electric, upright, fretted, fretless, 4- and 5-string bass, synth/keyboard bass, guitar, and vocals. I am available for session work and online bass tracks, live shows and tours, producing and mixing. My studio uses state of the art hardware and software, for album-quality tracks. I also work as a Musical Director and arranger for live and studio.

Calendar

Upcoming events & live shows

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Music

projects, albums, remixes, collaborations

2014: 12 songs in 12 months. Follow me on SoundCloud to stay up to date on every new release!
I sing and play most of the instruments on these tracks.

Covers, collabs, remixes
Just a few things with other writers & producers.

Videos

Song playlist - I played bass on these tracks. (Also co-wrote the Cinco Santos songs.)

Pics

"... and I thought he was a n***, the way he played that bass." –Sly Stone

Jesse Stern - Kay

Ms Jordin Sparks

Jesse Stern - Kay

Video shoot at EastWest

Sly Stone

Sly Stone (center) & George Clinton (left)

Jesse Stern - Kay

My old friend Kay

Three funk legends! L-R: George Johnson, Sly Stone & George Clinton

Jesse Stern - Kay

On stage

Sting

Uncle Sting

Jesse Stern

My main rig: Fender & Aguilar

The Flying V bass

studio

In the studio

Bio

History

I come from three generations of professional artists and musicians, and grew up in a very creative & musical household. My mother and step-father never had 9-5 jobs, so they were always around, always creating. They taught me guitar and piano at age 4. I also learned a lot about painting, computers, origami and pottery - both my mother and grandmother were professional potters and painters.

It was music that saved my life. As a teenager, I was in trouble a lot, and became self-destructive. In desperate need of a creative outlet, I got my first bass at age 13, and that's when I chose music as my life work. The bass has kept me alive and mostly out of trouble ever since. I started on rock & heavy metal. Cliff Burton was my first hero. Roger Waters was my second.

Later I found new heroes, including James Jamerson, Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Sting, Bootsy Collins and MeShell NdegeOcello – plus a bit of Paul Chambers, Ray Brown & Ron Carter.

In high school, I studied the bass lines of my rock heroes, while taking private bass lessons, university classes in music theory, and studying Bach Albeniz & Villa-Lobos on classical guitar. My high school jazz choir asked me to play bass for a state competition, and I spent my final two years of high school learning jazz.

After graduating high school, I went to Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship, where I studied bass with Danny Morris, Bruce Gertz and Anthony Vitti. There, I also discovered Afro-Cuban rhythms (Ed Uribe), and Brazilian rhythms (Fernando Andrade), and placed into advanced Ear Training and Harmony (contemporary theory).

When I returned to my hometown of Seattle, I was able to perform and record with artists and mentors in a huge variety of styles, including some of the best rock, R&B, jazz, Brazilian and Gospel artists in the area. I also continued school at the University of Washington, where I majored in Ethnomusicology and got to work side by side with visiting artists from around the world – including legendary qawali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Baba IK Dairo MBE, a pioneer of Nigerian pop music.

In search of bigger opportunities, I moved to Los Angeles in 2001, where I have been blessed and very fortunate to work with a lot of great artists, including some of my heroes.

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