Introducing The Dave Sterner Quintet’s Speak Jazz Debut CD, Sidetracked. Saxophonist Dave Sterner is a traditional jazz musician with a bent for mixing swing, funk and the blues into his sound. This is Sterner’s second quintet release featuring all original material inspired by the traditions of Cannonball Adderley and Horace Silver mixed with the modern leanings of Joshua Redman and John Ellis. Sterner is joined on this recording by veteran drummer Paul Samuels (Greg Osby), bassist Glenn Holmes (Bill Ransom), pianist Roger Friedman (Eddie Henderson, Greg Bandy) and tenor saxophonist Chris Burge (Up Ensemble).
Spending his entire career in the Mid-West, Sterner earned his degree in music from Indiana University and early on played with funk and R&B bands. Returning to his home town of Cleveland, he has performed with Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, The Manhattan Transfer, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Jazz Heritage Orchestra and the Dizzy Gillespie All-star Big Band to name a few. Sterner appears on three cds with Ernie Krivda’s Fat Tuesday Big Band (Koch Label), and the N. Glenn Davis Quartet (Jazzed Media, 2008) and the N. Glenn Davis Quintet, featuring Phil Woods (Jazzed Media, 2009). In 2006, the Dave Sterner Quintet released their first self-produced CD What’s What.
“Sterner’s music is always accessible, energetic, logically constructed, rhythmically inviting, technically accomplished and fun to hear.” – Bill Donaldson, Cadence Magazine April 2007