The first iteration of The Stride was started by bandleader Justin Satriano when he was studying at Berklee College of Music in 2012, based on his unique sonic vision. With drummer Joel Silloway, bassist Omari Fortune, and guitarist Amanda Andrews, The Stride tries to stay true to this goal.

Combining the rootsy sounds and improvisations of early rock from the 60s with the attention to form and melody that comes from jazz, the band walks the ground between many genres. Well-versed as a jazz group, The Stride plays both original rock tunes, and standard tunes, but always with a free-spirited sense of exploration within tunes and between idioms.