By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz series opens for the spring semester on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building with a concert featuring saxophonist Joel Frahm.
Performing with Frahm will be Steve Rudolph, piano; Joshua Davis, bass; and Phil Haynes, drums. The free concert is part of the ongoing Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series, which is made possible by funding from the Weis family.
Frahm has released three highly regarded CDs on Palmetto: The Navigator, Don't Explain and Sorry No Decaf. Don't Explain was the No. 1 one jazz release for radio play in the United States for two consecutive weeks in 2004, according to jazzweek.com airplay chart and also reached number one on college radio for one week, according to College Music Journal's airplay chart.
Frahm has worked with a vast array of musical peers and jazz legends including Maynard Ferguson, Betty Carter, Matt Wilson, Larry Goldings, Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Andrew Hill, Ben Allison, Pat Martino, Ingrid Jensen, Dena Derose, The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Kyle Eastwood and many others.
He was recently selected in DownBeat Magazine's Critics Poll as a Rising Star in the category of tenor saxophone. Frahm attended the Mason Gross School for the Arts and earned his B.A. in Jazz Performance at Manhattan School of Music. Visit Joel Frahm for more information or to hear music samples.
Past president and a founder of the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz, Rudolph is a Pennsylvanian who 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. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a member of the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour roster.
Director of jazz studies at Susquehanna University since 2006, Davis previously taught at Towson University and Berklee College, where he was one of the youngest faculty members. Davis, who directs the Susquehanna University Big Band, also teaches jazz history, improvisation, music theory, ear training, double bass and composition.
He has performed with Vardan Ovsepian, Tim Miller, Ben Monder, Peter Erskine, Mark Ferber, Jordan Perlson, Sean Rickman, Marcello Pellitteri, Dan Weiss, Ted Poor, Ari Hoenig, Ole Mathisen, Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin, Taylor Haskins, Dave Ballou, Greg Hopkins, Randy Brecker, Timucin Sahin, JD Walter, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Band, and The Ritz. His feature recording as an arranger and leader, Squashua, showcases Take Toriyama, Tim Miller, and Vardan Ovsepian interpreting Romantic Era symphonies and the music of Sting. Recent recorded releases include Tim Miller's Trio II and Vardan Ovsepian's Aragast, on Fresh Sound Records.
Haynes is featured on nearly 50 CD releases by International record companies. His debut, The Paul Smoker Trio - QB, featured Anthony Braxton and was named the No. 1 recording of 1985 by critic Kevin Whitehead. In addition to three CDs with the collective Joint Venture, Haynes' recordings as a leader include: Continuum with violinist Mark Feldman and pianist Dave Kikoski; the ground breaking quintet 4 Horns & What? with saxophonists Ellery Eskelin and Andy Laster; his romantic standards trio, A Couch in Brooklyn featuring Israeli pianist Micu Narunsky and bassist Drew Gress; The Hammond Insurgency with B-3 virtuoso Jeff Palmer and trumpeter Paul Smoker; Free Country with cellist/vocalist Hank Roberts and guitarist Jim Yanda; Ritual, duets with multi-brassman Herb Robertson; and his solo drumset recording Sanctuary.
Since moving to Lewisburg, Haynes is frequently heard with regional artists such as Joshua Davis, David Liebman, Barry Long, Steve Rudolph, Eddie Severn, Tim Warfield, and the collective Adams/Stetz&Haynes. He serves as Bucknell University's Jazz Artist-in-Residence, a lecturer in music, and produces the Jazz at Bucknell international chamber series.
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