The Al Day Trio
Hailed as most "Most Promising Songwriter" by Chicago Magazine when he entered the music scene, Al Day has appeared in clubs and colleges throughout the United States and on such radio and TV shows as WFMT's "Midnight Special," WFMT's "Studs Terkel Show," WBEZ's "The Earth Club," and WTTW/Channel 11's "Sound Stage."
Al is included in two compilations of singer/songwriters: "American Impressionist Songwriters" and "Uncommon Ground Sampler I." He is the vocalist and co-writer for the Los Angeles-based group, Naked Davis, Jr. Its debut recording is due to be released in 2002. The Al Day Trio has just released its first CD, Guest House.
His songs have supplied not only himself, but other artists with original material. In addition to individual songs, Al has written several concert theater pieces in which his music was wed to spoken texts. He wrote the English translation/version for the Brazilian theatrical production, "Terra." The most extensive piece Al has written to date is the libretto for the opera Two Soldiers, which was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Don Stiernberg is one of Chicago's busiest musicians, turning up on recording sessions and at performances of all kinds to play mandolin, guitar, tenor banjo, or even to sing. Recently, his own recordings as a mandolinist have made inroads on the national jazz and bluegrass scene. He has appeared on about 30 recordings, including seven as a producer. Highlights from this list include:
-- his latest release, About Time, a jazz mandolin CD on Blue Night Records
-- Night Skies, a critically acclaimed blue-grass project with banjo cohort Greg Cahill
-- Fidgety Feet, an award-winning children's album with Steve Rashin and
-- Swing Low, Sweet Mandolin and Bye Bye Blues, the final recordings of Don's mentor, jazz mandolin master Jethro Burns.
While still a teenager, Don found his direction in life when he met Jethro Burns for mandolin lessons. Later, as a member of The Jethro Burns Quartet, he was able to share the stage with such luminaries as Chet Atkins, Steve Goodman, and the Newgrass Revival. Don also logged time with popular bands in the Midwest such as The Morgan Brothers, Jump in the Saddle, The Freeway Rangers, and Special Consensus. Recently, he has performed with jazz violinist Johnny Frigo and Texas Playboy legend Johnny Gimble. Fellow mandolinists David Grisman and Sam Bush have invited him onstage for impromptu jamming as well. Still, we're most likely to find Don around Chicago, either in a tuxedo on a bandstand or in a recording studio.
string, bass, vocals
Marc is devoted to American roots music and was a co-founder of the special Consensus Bluegrass Band. He has avidly promoted and performed in folk, bluegrass, country, western swing, rockabilly and rock and roll projects. Performances include alternative country's Robby Fulks Band; the musical revue Women In My Life with singer-songwriters Bob Gibson and Michael Smith; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's country and western auxiliary, the CSOakies; Chicago's premier folk group, The Sons of the Never Wrong; and numerous recordings. A convert to the stage after a lifetime of musical performances, Marc made his theatrical debut as a string bassist and singer in the "Jeff" award-winning Woody Guthrie's American Song at the Northlight and Briar Street Theaters, and performed in Shakespeare's As You like It at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. Not without a sense of humor, Marc has also participated in performance artist Brigid Murphy's outre Milly's Orchid Show, and been on WBEZ's "Flea Market" show as Mournful Marc, the disk jockey who only plays sad songs.
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