6 On The Square will present award-winning musician-singer-songwriter Leni Stern at 7:30 p.m. today. She earned “Gibson’s Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year” five times in a row.
Born in Munich, Germany, Stern started playing piano at the age of 6 and guitar at 11. At 17, she formed her own acting company, and her radical productions sold out houses across Europe. In 1977, however, she turned her attention to music and left for the United States to study film scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Scoring gave way to her love for guitar and in 1981, Stern moved to New York City to play in a variety of rock and jazz bands. In 1983, she formed a group of her own with Paul Motion on drums and Bill Frisell on guitar. As a recording artist, she originally made a name for herself as an instrumentalist in jazz circles, then crossed her talents over into the singer-songwriter realm, garnering consistent praise in the process.
She has released 13 solo recordings, the latest being 2012’s “Smoke, No Fire” recorded in Bamako, Mali, on her own label, Leni Stern Recordings.
Tickets cost $18 at the door. Ticket price for students, up to age 18, are always $2. Call 843-OTS6 to make a student reservation. Doors open one-hour before show time.
6OTS is at 6 LaFayette Park in downtown Oxford.