The Don Stiernberg Trio will perform Wednesday, February 22, at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. Tickets for the 8pm performance are $20.
While still in his teens, Don Stiernberg learned to play the mandolin from the innovative and influential virtuoso Jethro Burns. Jethro referred to Don as his “graduate student," hired him to play in his band, and guided him to a career as a professional musician which has lasted for decades. A leading exponent of jazz mandolin style, Don has nine recording projects of his own and appears on many others by a variety of artists in all styles.
The most recent of these is “Good Numbers”, a jazz CD featuring the Don Stiernberg Trio, which consists of Don and two other renowned Chicago jazz musicians. Guitarist Andy Brown is known for his brilliance with all facets of guitar playing – accompaniment, blazing solo lines and his own unique chordal style. Jim Cox is everyone’s favorite bass player, with performance and recording credentials ranging from Earl Hines to Judy Roberts to Marian McPartland to Rosemary Clooney and countless others. The trio has performed from Portland east to Portland west as well as overseas visits to festivals in Germany and Brazil. Their style might be described as swinging interpretations of accessible jazz material played acoustically on mandolin (and occasional vocal), guitar and bass. Or, in short, Good Picking on the Good Numbers.
White Gull Inn concert regulars will remember Don from two previous performances with his own band and most recently as an accompanist for Robbie Fulks at last November’s White Gull concert.
An optional pre-concert fixed price dinner will be served at 6pm. The menu features Louisiana Gumbo served over rice, accompanied by green chili cornbread, salad and flourless chocolate cake for dessert.
Tickets for the concert and reservations for the optional pre-concert dinner can be obtained by calling the White Gull Inn at 920.868.3517. More information on the inn’s winter concert series can be found at the inn’s website, www.whitegullinn.com. If still available, concert tickets can be purchased at the door, although many concerts sell out, so advance ticket purchase and reservations for the pre-concert dinners are recommended.