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Mandolin Mondays #85 w/ Special Guest Don Stiernberg

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This week, the man, the myth, the legend, Don Stiernberg proffers a delightful chord melody on this old jazz standard with his incomparable 2-point Nugget mandolin.



We all know and love Don--protege of the tremendous Jethro Burns, leader of the new generation of jazz mandolinists, Chicago Cubs fan, and an all around wonderful person. The wealth and depth of his recorded jazz mandolin work is bar none. His most recent album, Good Numbers, is one of my personal favorites:

Additionally, Don hits it out of the park with his perceptive and helpful teaching style. I've learned so much from him over the years. He's taught at all of the premier mandolin workshops around the world, including: The Mandolin Symposium, The Swanannoa Gathering, The European Mandoline Akademy, and many others. Don also has a number of insightful and intuitive online courses available through Sound Slice.

Here's Don with a word about this video: "I've been intrigued lately by this great old show tune/standard, 'Almost Like Being In Love.' All the big singers did it: Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella, et al. And the jazz guys loved playing it too. The version that got my attention was by Charlie Parker with a big band. Joe Venuti with George Barnes is hot too. I think it's fun to try chord melody (Jethro) style on it because you don't have to add much to it--it already has every type of chord...major, minor, augmented, and diminished."

Connect with Don at the links below for more info about his recorded music, instructional materials, and performance schedule:

http://donstiernberg.com/
http://donstiernberg.com/instructional-materials/
http://donstiernberg.com/recordings/
https://www.facebook.com/donstiernberg
https://www.facebook.com/Don-Stiernb...6722189723202/

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Comments

  1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Welcome, Don! You're sounding great, and your Cubs are doing pretty well too.
  2. Alfons's Avatar
    All right! Great playing, great tune. Thanks Don.
  3. Rick Jones's Avatar
    Sounding fantastic, as always!
  4. Al Bergstein's Avatar
    Was just playing this Saturday night. Thanks for this wonderful chord melody on it! Go Cubs!
  5. Frankdolin's Avatar
    Thanks Don !!! It is like being in love...
  6. John Soper's Avatar
    Another great Mando Monday session!
  7. Santiago's Avatar
    Always an inspiraton! Thanks.