March 16, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Eddie Severn Quartet will premiere two works on Wednesday, March 24, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University. The performance, which is free and open to the public, includes "Moravian Suite" by Emil Viklicky and Severn's own composition, "Echos."

"Moravian Suite" is collection of traditional Moravian folk melodies scored for solo trumpet and jazz ensemble by the Czech composer and pianist Emil Viklicky. "Echos" is a collection of five new compositions that echo well-known popular and classical music from the 20th century. 

Eddie Severn, trumpet and flugelhorn
With a performing career spanning more than 25 years, British jazz musician Severn is notable in his ability to adapt to many musical styles on the trumpet. From his extensive work as a lead trumpet player in the commercial music world to his innovative performances as a soloist playing his own compositions, he has been equally at home playing rock, jazz and classical styles.

Severn has performed with many well-known musicians including Maria Schneider, Phil Woods, Dave Leibman, Clay Aiken, The Temptations, Kenny Rogers, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and the English Symphony Orchestra. He freelances as a solo performer and clinician, spending time both in Europe and the United States.

For six years lead trumpet player with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, he also has performed and recorded music for television, radio and theatre as well as on numerous pop sessions and touring shows. In addition to composing music for his own quartet, Severn has written several commissions for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, the Scottish Composers Jazz Ensemble and the Scottish Arts Council.

As an educator, Severn has extensive experience teaching both jazz studies and trumpet; he has been on the faculty at both the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama as well as the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music in England. His long-standing association with the music scene in Prague has seen him performing regularly with the leading Czech pianist and composer Emil Viklicky.

Steve Rudolph, piano
Rudolph studied trumpet and composition under scholarship at Butler University. He switched his main instrumental focus to the piano at age 22 and was hired by Buddy Morrow to perform with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1977. Since moving to Harrisburg in 1978, he has been largely responsible for the growth and development of the thriving jazz scene in Central Pennsylvania. As a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator, Rudolph has had an inspiring career in his 40 years of professional music making. The winner of the Jazziz Magazine Piano Competition at the Seven Springs Jazz Festival in 2000, he was also awarded two Jazz Composition Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. With 11 acclaimed CDs as a leader, he has served as producer, arranger and performer on many recordings including CDs with Johnny Coles, Bill Goodwin, Ali Ryerson, Matt Wilson and Vinny Valentino. His latest CD, "Day Dream," released in 2010, is a trio recording from a live concert at Bucknell University with drummer Phil Haynes and bassist Drew Gress.

Josh Davis, bass
Davis joined the faculty at Susquehanna University as their new director of jazz studies in 2006. His performance credits include 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, are among the many groups and musicians with whom Joshua has performed.

Phil Haynes, drums
Haynes serves as Bucknell University's Kushell Jazz Artist-in-Residence, where he teaches courses in jazz history, directs his multi-media/new music Bucknell Improvisation Intensive Ensemble, coaches the University Jazz Band rhythm section and soloists, works with various campus small groups, and maintains an active private studio.

A 20-year veteran New York-based artist, Haynes is featured on more than 50 LP and CD releases by numerous American and European record labels. His regional trio, Adams/Stetz&Haynes, features works by the great pianists of the history of jazz, from Scott Joplin through Keith Jarrett and beyond. He performs regularly throughout the state with legendary Harrisburg pianist, Steve Rudolph, The Zeropoint Jazz Orchestra, as well as The Hammond Brothers with organist Steve Adams and guest performers such as David Liebman, Herb Robertson, Paul Smoker, Tim Warfield and Jim Yanda.

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