Friday, Nov. 19, 2021
Chicagoan Don Stiernberg is a leading exponent of jazz mandolin style. Having learned from 20th century master Jethro Burns, Don is now working on 50 years of experience as a professional musician, with 10 recordings of his own available and countless appearances on other artists' projects. The latest of these is "Straight Ahead" by the Don Stiernberg Quartet, released in June of 2020 and chosen shortly thereafter by Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich as one of the Best Jazz Recordings of 2020 So Far.
The quartet on the recording and performing for the Jewel Box series on Nov. 19th has been Don's working group for several years, recordings, and tour dates. On guitar is renowned jazz guitar master Andy Brown, who can be found all over YouTube or performing live at jazz clubs in Chicago (often with his wife, vocalist Petra Van Nuis) and festivals coast to coast and abroad. Rhythm section is legendary! Chicago jazz stalwarts Phil Gratteau on drums and Jim Cox on acoustic upright string bass. Their credits and achievements are too many to mention, but most likely you may have heard them backing the great pianist/singer Judy Roberts.
For their program on Nov. 19 the quartet will feature selections from the Straight Ahead recording, which combines swinging standards from Great American Songbook writers (Gershwin, Kern, Ellington, et al) with Brazilian jazz selections from the mando-centric subgenre known as "choro". Stiernberg may also warble a blues or bluegrass or folk or soul tune if the mood strikes or the request comes in. All in all it will be an evening of accessible listenable melodies and a swinging good time.
Tickets $10; $18.50; $26