Leni Stern's music traces the paths of jazz and rock, riding the groove back to their source in West Africa before bringing it all back home again. Leni has been awarded the Gibson Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year five times and was recently a featured member of American Female Jazz Quartet from the US State Department's cultural exchange to Nicaragua. She was also featured in the recent feature documentary "The Last Song Before the War" about the Festival au Désert in Timbuktu, Mali. Leni runs her own record label and has led heavyweight bands for over 20 years in NYC. Her trio features the master musicianship of Senegalese bandmates Alioune Faye on percussion and Mamadou Ba on bass.