The 8th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival for Hunger Relief begins Sunday, 3/5/17, at First Presbyterian Church in Evanston. Performers include Steve Rashid, John Moulder, Don Stiernberg, and the Bourné Family Singers.
Steve Rashid is an Emmy winning composer, a performer, producer and recording engineer. He holds a B.A. in Music and Philosophy from Ripon College and a Masters Degree in Music Composition from Northwestern University. He has composed and performed in many musical contexts and in many styles throughout his career. In 1991 Rashid founded his studio, Woodside Avenue Music Productions, through which he has produced and recorded his own music as well as projects for hundreds of other artists and labels, spanning jazz, folk, classical, bluegrass, gospel, country and pop music.
John Moulder is a guitarist and composer whose music has evolved from an assimilation of various musical traditions. John has been a member of the Paul Wertico Trio for fifteen years. John is also a member of the Larry Gray Trio and is featured on his recordings on the Chicago Sessions label. Televised feature stories on John and his work have aired on Artbeat (WTTW) and Chicago Tonight (WTTW).He has played nationally and internationally at numerous festivals, clubs and concert halls and has performed with artists such as Eddie Harris, Bob Mintzer, Paul McCandless, Lyle Mays, Paul Wertico, Gary Burton, Niels Orsted Pederson, Arild Anderson, Bendik Hofseth, Kurt Elling and Terry Callier. John received his Masters degree in music from Northwestern University. As an educator, he is currently a faculty member at Northwestern University, Benedictine University and the College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He has lectured, taught master classes and conducted clinics at universities, high schools, music institutes and other settings.
Don Stiernberg recently began his fifth decade as a working musician. Along the way he has been involved in many musical activities: performing, writing, recording, and producing. He is regarded as a leading exponent of jazz mandolin style and a respected teacher. Born and still based in Chicago, the mandolin found Don as he grew up “out in the woods” in the nearly-rural suburb of Wauconda, IL. His parents sent Don to study with Jethro Burns, famous comedian (Homer and Jethro)and the greatest mandolinist of his time. From the very first lesson, Burns was more than a teacher. He was role model, hero, mentor, and friend. The most recent of his nine recording projects is “Good Numbers”, a collection of standards and jazz tunes played by his working band, The Don Stiernberg Trio. Also released in 2016 were three online video instructional courses for Soundslice.com. The trio has performed coast to coast as well as in Germany and Brazil. Don also conveys his love of the mandolin and music at events around the US. and in Brazil.
Said to have the “voices of angels,” The Bournés are a music group including five sisters, three brothers, and their mother. This family of singers/songwriters, musicians, and arrangers have been performing together as a family for many years all over Chicagoland and the Midwest. Venues include the Auditorium Theatre’s main stage and Katten-Landau Studio at Roosevelt University, the Beverly Arts Center, appearances on Good Day Chicago, conferences, rallies, and numerous other community celebrations and fundraisers. The Bournés are natives of Chicago, currently residing in a nearby south suburb. Multi-talented not only as music artists, but as dancers, visual artists, producers, designers, speakers and educators as well, they hope to reach all who hear them with their message of love and the importance of family.