February 16, 2007

Composer and pianist Steve Rudolph

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Pianist and composer Steve Rudolph will perform Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University. The performance, the second in the Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series at Bucknell, is free to the public.

Rudolph will be performing in a trio with drummer Phil Haynes and bassist Steve Meashey. They will be joined by vocalists Amy Banks and Jamie Broumas, and saxophonist Charlie Young in a program of works by Ellington, Gershwin, Arlen, Kern and more. The program will feature all of the players in various combinations. Rudolph terms in 'a mini-cabaret jazz concert.'

Past president and a founder of the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz, Rudolph regularly performs at the Hilton Harrisburg. Presented as an "Emerging Artist" at the Jazz Times Convention in New York City in 1998 and winner of the 1999 Jazziz Magazine - Seven Springs Jazz Festival Piano Competition, he also received the 2002 Harrisburg Arts Award for service to the community.

Career highlights include seven European tours, appearing as soloist with Miami's New World Symphony and receiving the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Jazz Fellowship in 1995 and 2001. He has appeared in concert with Louie Bellson, Al Grey, Buddy Tate, Clark Terry, Paquito D'Rivera, Herb Ellis, Buddy DeFranco, Terry Gibbs, the Mills Brothers, Buddy Morrow and countless other jazz greats. A Yamaha Performing Artist and a member of the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour roster, his detailed recording and touring information may be found at http://www.steverudolph.com/

Trio members

Phil Haynes, an original member of the Paul Smoker Trio, has been featured on more than 40 releases by American and European record companies. He has 10 recordings as a leader including Continuum with violinist Mark Feldman, The Hammond Insurgency with organist Jeff Palmer, and the new solo percussion recording Sanctuary. His varied professional associations also include Tim Berne, Don Byron, Marilyn Crispell, Joe Daley, Ken Filiano, Charles Gayle, Mark Helias, Lindsay Horner, Ingrid Jensen, Frank Lacy, Michele Rosewoman, Louis Sclavis, John Tchicai, Gebhard Ullmann and Tom Varner.

Steve Meashey has played with many of the finest jazz musicians in the region in Central Pennsylvania and Philadelphia over the past 24 years. He also has been involved in a great deal of recording over the last 10 years, including CDs with Hilary Leigh Graves, The For Peace Quartet and The Joe Hunt Trio.

Vocalists

Amy Banks has been performing as a professional singer and actress for 18 years. She sings jazz in venues throughout Central Pennsylvania, from Lancaster restaurants to the Harrisburg Hilton. She also has appeared at The Berks Jazz Festival and at Yorkfest and the Studio at the Strand-Capitol Theater in York.

A former member of the Grammy-nominated jazz vocal group, Rare Silk, Jamie Broumas also was a founding member of the Washington, D.C.-based group, Mad Romance. As a soloist, she has worked with many noted jazz musicians, including Cyprus Chestnut, Larry Willis, Herb Ellis, Steve Rudolph, Reuben Brown, Winard Harper, Paul Bollenbach, Paul Longosch, Billy Hart, Tom Williams, and Charlie Young. In 1997, she was a cast member and featured performer for WNET television's Going Places: New Orleans, hosted by Al Roker. She has appeared at numerous festivals, including The East Coast Jazz Festival, and the Central Pennsylvania Jazz Winter Fest.

Saxophonist

Charlie Young has been a regularly featured member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra since 1988. Having performed in Europe and the U.S. with his own jazz quintet, he was invited to perform at the first annual San Remo (Italy) Jazz Festival as Musical Ambassador. A member of the Smithsonian Museum's Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, he has been a featured soloist with The National Symphony Orchestra, The West End Chamber Orchestra, The U.S. Navy Band, The Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra, The William and Mary College Concert Band and others. He has recorded with the Count Basie Orchestra, East Coast Saxophone Quartet, The High Time Octet, Young/Williams Quintet, Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the Bobby Thomas Band.

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

"This cabaret jazz series continues a tradition of gifts to Bucknell and the region from the Weis family," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. "Bucknell is pleased and proud to be the host of this new and exciting series."

Posted Feb. 16, 2007

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