Grammy Award Winning Jazz Musician
October 2, 2017
Grammy Award winning Jazz Musician performing at Irregardless Jazz Club, Saturday, Oct 14
… and this Saturday, award winning Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble
Saturday October 14th, the two-time Grammy Award winner jazz violinist Andy Stein performs. Acclaimed for his 22 years performing on NPR’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, with Garrison Keillor, Stein is a member of the show’s ‘Guys All-Star Shoe Band’. Stein is also a member of Grammy award winning band ‘Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks’. Internationally acclaimed, Stein has has performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Dick Hyman, and Bucky Pizzarelli. He has recorded with Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Eric Clapton, Whitney Houston, Tony Bennett, Carol King, James Taylor, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney and many others.
At the Irregardless, Stein will perform his jazz violin with George Knott on upright bass, Marc Brookshire on guitar, Court Steward on piano, Gregg Gelb on clarinet and tenor Russ Wilson on drums.
This Saturday October 7, Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble’s TYJE star performers will delight with intoxicating renditions of jazz standards. Truly not to be missed, these performers are amazing! Also award winners, this Youth Jazz Ensemble have earned the Outstanding Community Band Award five years in a row at The Carolina Jazz Festival, and have competed nationally and won honors at the ‘Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington Festival.’
Under the inspired direction of Dr. Gregg Gelb, the young performers in the TYJE’s rhythm section: Jonah Smith and James McLaughlin on piano, Tim Rhinehart and Thomas Owens on bass, Max Kitching on guitar and Toby Falvo on drums. The TYJE soloists are Emma Lanford and Caroline Jesalva, vocalists; Eric Law, Roland Burnot , Bastian Pienaar, saxophone; Jack Trathen, trombone; and Emerson Borg and TJ Tucker, trumpet.
Andy Stein is an accomplished, eclectic performer on violin, saxophone and clarinet, a composer of film scoresfilm scores for Hollywood Boulevard (1976), Thunder and Lightning(1977), Deathsport (1978) and National Lampoon’s Movie Madness (1983). He plays the violin in the Ken Burns documentaries The War (2007) and “The West” (1996)
Stein has also arranged classical pieces by Franz Schubert and Ludwig van Beethoven. These arrangements along with his composition “Suite for Two” violin and cello were repeatedly performed in the United States as well as Europe. He has toured China with a string quartet and performed concertos with orchestras in New York, Chicago, New England, Pacific Northwest, and the South.
Stein has appeared on numerous television programs including Late Night with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, Great performances (PBS) and As The World Turns (CBS). He has also been a featured soloist in a number of Broadway Shows, including the Lincoln Center production of “Anything Goes,” and the 1990’s Broadway revivals of “Guys and Dolls” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Stein has produced records of rock ‘n’ roll and jazz, and conducted on radio and television. He entered the popular music field as a founding member of Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, where his distinctive style on violin and saxophone added a swing element to this beloved rock ‘n’ roll band of the early ’70’s.
A fixture of Prairie Home Companion, Stein is also featured prominently in the Robert Altman film of the radio show, both in the sound track and on screen, performing with Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan and others. His mastery of a variety of styles is evident as his violin peppers the airwaves in numerous commercials in genres from jazz or rock to tango, gypsy, country, or classical styles.
Stein is also featured on the soundtracks of many other films from Hollywood and Europe, including solos in Disney’s “Hunchback of Notredame” and “Tom and Huck,” Coppola’s “Cotton Club,” various films of Ken Burns, and “The Red Violin.”
Andy Stein grew up surrounded by classical music, with several prominent professionals in the family, notably his aunt the violist Lillian Fuchs. He played and studied theory with his pianist father, and played chamber music with family and friends on a regular basis. He attributes a large part of his success in many different genres to his chamber music background.