Leni Stern at Quinn’s in Beacon

Quinn’s, the little luncheonette that could on Main Street in Beacon, continues to rope in outsized names from the jazz and world-music realms: a testament both to the venue’s gutsy commitment to challenging music and to the hard times that have befallen jazz and experimental music. Leni Stern – Leni Stern! – the German-born fusion guitarist and songwriter, is in the house with her African Trio on Saturday, June 20 at 9 p.m.

The storied guitarist has been exploring African fusions for a number of records now as a player and as a songwriter. Her fleet, plainspoken Stratocaster sound has always been a natural kin of the “butterfly” guitar styles of Afropop. This impulse finds profound expression on Jelell (2013, Leni Stern Recordings), on which Stern’s mastery of the subtlety of African rhythms and her command of non-Western phrase lengths is simply effortless.

Quinn’s is located at 330 Main Street in Beacon. For more information, visit https://quinnsbeacon.com or call (845) 202-7447.

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