November 17, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jazz pianist Ronny Whyte will perform in a free jazz concert Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

Whyte will be joined by Boots Maleson, bass, and Dave Stryker, guitar.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, is part of the ongoing Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series, a series is made possible by funding from the Weis family.

Outstanding jazz pianist
Considered a premier interpreter of classic American popular song, Whyte also is an outstanding jazz pianist and an award-winning songwriter. He has been featured on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on National Public Radio.

He is an ASCAP 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" and on the show's big-band-version 90-city tours. He has been twice featured at New York's JVC Jazz Festival and has been inducted into the Cabaret Jazz Hall of Fame.

He also produces and hosts Midtown Jazz at Midday at St. Peter's in Manhattan, a weekly jazz concert series.

Whyte has recorded 10 CDs for Audiophile; his CD, "All in a Night's Work," was selected Jazz Album of the Week by The New York Times.

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