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Mike Stern has performed with Blood, Sweat and Tears and Miles Davis. On Tuesday, he’ll sit in with the One O’clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas.

Mike Stern joins UNT’s One O’clock for fall concert

Mike Stern isn’t a showoff when the moment for improvisation hits the six-time Grammy nominee and jazz fusion guitarist.

Instead, he just lets his skilled fingers do the walking, improvising sensible, ear-charming phrasing in the style called for — whether it’s the groovy pop of Blood, Sweat and Tears or the attitude of rock ’n’ roll in a straightforward song of his own making.

Stern will join the University of North Texas’ One O’clock Lab Band at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

“Mike is simply one of the most renowned modern jazz guitarists on the planet, coming to the public’s attention with the great Miles Davis bands of the 1980s and then pursuing a wonderful career as a leader and solo artist,” band director Steve Wiest said in a news release. “I’m looking forward as always to showcasing the music of the six-time Grammy-nominated One O’clock Lab Band on the first set with new music of our own as well as some classics. The second set will be all Mike Stern charts and will no doubt be an exciting show for all involved.”

The fall concert is the lab band’s 52nd, and tickets tend to sell briskly.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, students, children, UNT faculty, staff, retirees and groups of 10 people or more. For reservations, visit www.thempac.com  or call the box office at 940-369-7802. The Murchison Performing Arts Center is located on the north side of Interstate 35E at North Texas Boulevard.

— Lucinda Breeding


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