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  • Andy Stein (2018)

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    Andy Stein just might have one of those cards carried by the old-timers in New Orleans: "Music for All Occasions." He's a multi-reed player, and a classical and swinging jazz violinist.

    Andy is probably best known as a member of The Guys All-Star Shoe Band on "A Prairie Home Companion" before its name change to "Live from Here" with Chris Thile. But he was a founding member of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, which put out some fun and original-sounding recordings in the early 1970s.

    Andy has been on countless film scores and movie soundtracks, and his violin is the one you hear on Ken Burns's "The West" and "The War".

    Andy has done his share of superb classical and chamber music arrangements, and pop music sessions. In fact, he's a great admirer of popular arrangers and composers from the 1920s and '30s, such as Duke Ellington.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti Stringin' the Blues Goin' Places Columbia
    # 2 Fletcher Henderson Ken Burns Jazz Stampede Columbia Legacy
    # 3 Louis Armstrong Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1923-34 Hotter Than That Sony
    # 4 George Jones Sings His Greatest Hits Seasons of My Heart Starday
    # 5 Svend Asmussen Rhythm Is Our Business Darktown Strutters' Ball Storyville
    # 6 Fritz Kreisler The Immortal Fritz Kreisler: Legendary Performances Liebesleid RCA
    # 7 Earl Bostic Jazz as I Feel It   King
    # 8 Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Concerto and Piano Concerto No. 3 Arturo Toscanini, Jascha Heifitz, Arthur Rubinstein and the NBC Symphony Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61 RCA Legacy
    # 9 Aaron Neville Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens Tell It Like It Is Shout
    # 10 Mie Miki Accordion J.S. Bach   Naxos Japan
    # 11 Johannes Brahms Big Piano Concertos Box Peter Serkin, Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15 Pro Arte
    # 12 Django Reinhardt Djangology '49 Où Es-Tu, Mon Amour? Bluebird
    # 13 Thelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan Mulligan Meets Monk Sweet and Lovely Riverside
    # 14 Benny Goodman Trio and Quartet Sessions, Vol. 1: After You've Gone Dinah Bluebird
    Book Stephen Hawking, "A Brief History of Time"
    Luxury Item Har Gow from Chinatown in Manhattan or Oakland
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