Don Stiernberg Quintet CD Release for Mandoboppin'
Petra van Nuis/Andy Brown Duo opens!
Don Stiernberg Quintet
Chicago mandolinist Don Stiernberg brings all the cats along to play the first official release gig featuring tunes from his new CD Mandoboppin'! Like a typical Stiernberg set, the CD moves through jazz, Latin, bop, and contemporary jazz with an emphasis on swing, including 10 originals and two vocal standards.
On stage at Szold Hall with Don will be four Chicago jazz stalwarts: Andy Brown on guitar, Jim Cox on bass, Phil Gratteau on drums, and Larry Harrison on piano. The Chicago Tribune said about this combination: "Stiernberg and friends convey joy in virtually every track."
Don learned to play mandolin from the innovative and influential virtuoso Jethro Burns. Some four decades after those initial lessons he still enjoys playing, teaching, and writing about the mandolin. Recent highlights include appearances from Portland east to Portland west and from Dusseldorf to Rio, playing with the CSO in Carnegie Hall on Verdi's Otello, and the International Mandolin Spectacular in Szold Hall last April.
Petra van Nuis
Opening the evening will be the terrific singer of jazz songs Petra van Nuis.
Downbeat Magazine says Petra van Nuis has "a light, gorgeous, and fairly delicate voice…a gift for melody and plenty of rhythmic confidence."