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  Don Stille

  Classical Piano, Jazz Piano, Jazz Accordion, Composer

     In a  review following a recent performance, Howard Reich, Music Critic for the Chicago Tribune, said, "Don Stille proves he is ...an artist to be reckoned with."  ..."The fluidity of his  technique, the depth of his tone and the intellectual sophistication of his improvisations firmly  established him as a polished and accomplished artist."

     Born and educated in St. Louis, Missouri, Don began formal music instruction at the age of 5.   He has performed in major cities throughout the country with a long list of nationally and internationally acclaimed jazz artists which include Clark Terry, Red Holloway, Roy Hargrove, Terry Gibbs, Ira Sullivan, Eddie Daniels, and Doc Severinsen.

   



 

 Aurora's Dance by Don Stille  Don Stille 1992 

 Song for Molly by Don Stille   Don Stille 1992

 Heartland Funk by Don Stille   Don Stille 1992

 Jace Marie's Dream by Don Stille Don Stille 1992 


    Some of his achievements include: being proclaimed the Mainstream Jazz Pianist of the Year by the Twin Cities Jazz Society in Minnesota: house pianist and often-featured jazz artist on National Public Radio's "First House on the Right" (broadcast weekly across the country); and finalist in The Great American Jazz Piano Competition at Jacksonville, Florida (a national competition).

    In listening to a Don Stille performance, be it live or recorded, one shares in a musical experience that is rich in stylistic diversity.  From ragtime to stride, mainstream to bebop, high energy latin to hard driving straight-ahead jazz.  Don's skills are all-encompassing and complete on the highest artistic level.  At the same time he can approach a ballad using his own ultimately personal, deeply musical, blend of tasteful restraint and melodic intensity.

    Speaking of diversity, Don's other instrument of choice is the accordion (hold the jokes, please) played in a totally jazz way with completely unique virtuosic skill.

    Since moving to Chicago, Don continues to perform full-time in a variety of venues: jazz clubs, jazz festivals, recording studios, clinics and concerts.

    Don's own CD, "Aurora's Dance," features him as composer as well as performer with the Don Stille Trio.

    Another album is in progress.

 

 

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