August 15, 2007

Ronny Whyte (photo credit: Jody Kirt)

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Ronny Whyte Trio will perform in a free jazz concert Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The concert is the first event in the Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series, a series made possible by funding from the Weis family with additional support from the Degenstein Foundation.

The Trio comprises pianist, singer and songwriter Whyte; bassist Boots Maleson; and drummer David Silliman. Ronny Whyte is a well-known New York City cabaret and jazz circuit fixture. Among other things, he is producer and host of the Midtown Jazz at Midday at St. Peter's in Manhattan, a weekly jazz concert series.

Considered a premier interpreter of classic American popular song, Whyte also is an outstanding jazz pianist and an award-winning songwriter. His lyric "Forget the Woman" was recorded by Tony Bennett, and his music for "The Party Upstairs" won the MAC Award for Best Song of 2006.

For two years Whyte appeared in New York City in the hit musical "Our Sinatra," as well as its two national big band tours to more than 90 cities. He was featured twice at New York's JVC Jazz Festival, and has been inducted into the Cabaret Jazz Hall of Fame. He has had major engagements in New York at the Café Carlyle, Rainbow and Stars, the Oak Room at the Algonquin, and Feinstein's at the Regency. Abroad, he has starred in Paris, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Sao Paulo, Caracas, and Johannesburg.

The Ronny Whyte Trio has performed in concert at Carnegie/Weill Hall, New York's Town Hall, Washington's Corcoran Gallery, and the Mellon Jazz Festival in Philadelphia.

Other performances
Other performances in the Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series include:

Sept. 26: Five Play, a virtual United Nations of Jazz led by drummer Sherrie Maricle and featuring Karoline Strassmayer and Anat Cohen on saxophone and reeds; Tomoko Hono, piano; and Noriko Ueda, bass. The musicians are the nucleus of the DivaJAZZ orchestra which will perform at Bucknell in March in the Weis Center Events series. For more information, see http://www.divajazz.com/

Oct. 31: the extraordinary classic jazz piano trio of Beegie Adair with Roger Spencer, bass, and Chris Brown, drums. Adair has recorded 24 CDs, ranging from Cole Porter standards to Frank Sinatra classics to romantic World War II ballads. She has accompanied such legendary performers as Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash – and also worked with Lucille Ball, Dinah Shore, Mama Cass Elliott and Peggy Lee. For more information, see http://www.beegieadair.com/

"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.

"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.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Aug. 15, 2007

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