January 12, 2007

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University is pleased to announce the inauguration of the Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series.

Beginning this spring, it is the second jazz series to be offered to the public in as many years, joining the highly popular First Wednesdays Jazz at Bucknell series. Both series are open to the public without charge.

The Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series is made possible by funding from the Weis family with additional support from the Degenstein Foundation.

Performances in the Cabaret Jazz Series begin at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building. They include:

      Roseanna Vitro

Jan. 31: jazz vocalist Roseanna Vitro, with Allen Farnham, piano, Dean Johnson, bass, and Tim Horner, drums. A regular at The Blue Note, Fat Tuesday's, Birdland, and The Five Spot, Vitro has performed worldwide in Beirut, Bombay and Slovenia as well as in the United States at the Kennedy Center, the Newark Jazz Festival, the Telluride Jazz Festival recorded live for NPR, BET on Jazz with Ramsey Lewis, and a United States Airmen of Note concert in Washington, D.C. For more information, see http://www.roseannavitro.com/

       Steve Rudolph

Feb. 28: pianist and composer Steve Rudolph presents and performs in a mini-cabaret jazz festival with Phil Haynes, drums, and Steve Meashey, bass, and special guest soloists. Hired by Buddy Morrow to perform with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra where he backed up Helen O'Connell and the Mills Brothers, Rudolph is a past president and a founder 1980 of the Central PA Friends of Jazz; he is based in Harrisburg. For more information, see http://www.steverudolph.com/

       Ann Hampton Callaway

March 28: acclaimed pop-jazz vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway, recently featured in The Good Shepherd. Best known for starring in the hit Broadway musical "SWING!" and for writing and singing the theme song to the internationally popular TV show, "The Nanny," Callaway has appeared with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and was the invited guest performer for President Gorbachev's Youth Peace Summit in Moscow. For more information, see http://www.annhamptoncallaway.com/%20

"This cabaret jazz series continues a tradition of gifts to Bucknell and the region from the Weis family," said Bill Boswell, executive director of Bucknell's Sigmund and Claire Weis Center for the Performing Arts, named in honor of Sigfried's parents. "Members of  the Weis family have been and remain generous benefactors not only to Bucknell but to the Lewisburg region.

"The Weis Music Building is named in honor of Janet's husband, the late Sigfried Weis, who was chair emeritus of Bucknell's Board of Trustees, and funded by Mrs. Weis and members of the family of Robert L. Rooke, a 1913 Bucknell graduate.

"Bucknell is pleased and proud to be the host of this new and exciting series."

Posted Jan. 12, 2007

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