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Andrew Stern is a Boston-based guitarist, performer and composer. Originally from Bloomington, IL, located amidst the corn and soybean fields halfway between Chicago and St. Louis, he first picked up guitar around summer campfires in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Andrew snuck in back doors of local bars as an underage youth to witness a fertile and eclectic music scene. He moved to Manhattan’s East Village in the mid-90’s to study audio engineering, but became entranced by New York’s “Downtown” music scene, anchored by the Knitting Factory in Tribeca. He quickly took up study with jazz fingerstylist Howard Morgan, the New School’s Glenn Alexander and slide wizard, David Tronzo. Andrew moved to Boston in 1998 to attend the New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department. Staying in Boston, Andrew entrenched himself playing in many scenes/styles with the likes of Brian Carpenter’s Beat Circus/The Confessions, avant-Jewish pioneer’s Naftule’s Dream, roots-rock stalwart Dennis Brennan, contemporary pianist Gill Aharon, punk legend Lenny Lashley, singer-songwriter Bob Bradshaw and Americana hero Mark Erelli. He also leads groups of his own: AS3, Telescope (dedicated to the Telecaster guitar), Crystal Lizard, Ugly Beauty (music of Thelonious Monk), the TrueVines and Magnet-O! Andrew has 6 albums of his own and is in demand as a sideman and studio guitarist. Look for a new solo guitar record in summer of 2023.