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Mandolin Mondays #317 w/ Special Guest Don Stiernberg

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The one and only Don Stiernberg is back with us here on Mandolin Mondays this week to share some chord melody magic on the old swing standard "Come Fly with Me" with his Apitius Yorkville mandolin.

Don Stiernberg is a mandolinist who needs no introduction, being perhaps the premier swing and jazz mandolin performers and instructors of our time. Through his work with his teacher Jethro Burns and his extensive solo recordings Don has brought a wealth of mandolin content to the swing idiom, and just recently he put out new Quartet record called Straight Ahead, so be sure to check it out along with Don's other titles over here on Bandcamp:

Also, Don has a great selection of instructional classes online available through Soundslice--see below:

RHYTHM and REPERTOIRE Refining Mandolin Accompaniment:

Here's a word from Don about this video, "Here's a tune I've been enjoying lately, 'Come Fly With Me.' Some people think it's a Frank Sinatra tune because he had a monster hit record on it, but actually the music is by Jimmy Van Heusen, lyric by Sammy Cahn. At gigs with my band I'll sing this one and explain to the audience that I do at least one tune associated with Sinatra in every set..'because of the strong resemblance I bear to the chairman of the board..' but here I just play it chord-melody style because I love the changes."

Be sure to connect with Don at the following links below for more information about his music:

And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then...

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  1. dang's Avatar
    Thanks Don, that Apitius sounds wonderful!
  2. William Smith's Avatar
    Thanks, great vibe! NICE mandolin!
  3. Denny Gies's Avatar
    Wow, thanks David and Don
  4. Todd Bowman's Avatar
    Always love listening to standards played by Don!!! Thanks, Don, for sharing!!
  5. Alfons's Avatar
    Sublimely swingin', and properly spiced with just the right amount of jazz face. Thanks maestro!
  6. John Soper's Avatar
    Thanks for swingin' by Mandolin Mondays, Don! I see the resemblance...
  7. Minorkey's Avatar
  8. Munnix's Avatar
    I second that "Wowzer"!
  9. Tom Wright's Avatar
    Sweet swinging sounds!
  10. Keith Baumann's Avatar
    Yes sir! "Chairman of the Fingerboard."