LEWISBURG — The concert, “A Bucknell Jazz Christmas with Steve Rudolph and Friends,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.
The performance, which is free and open to the public, is part of the university’s ongoing Jazz at Bucknell series.
Joining pianist Steve Rudolph will be Peter Paulsen, bass; Tony Miceli, vibraphone; Jonathan Ragonese, saxophone; and Phil Haynes, percussion.
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 concert performances have been with many jazz masters including Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Rufus Reid, Buddy Tate, Al Grey, the Mills Brothers and Cal Collins. He has toured throughout the U.S., India, Europe, Canada, Russia and the Caribbean. A Yamaha Keyboard Artist, he is in demand as a clinician and performer.
Born in Evansville, Ind., 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. He is the founder of the Central PA Friends of Jazz, now in its 33rd successful season of monthly concerts, youth band, jazz camp, and the annual Central PA Jazz Festival, for which he serves as the Executive Director. He was the recipient of the 2002 Harrisburg Arts Award for dedication to the arts and community service.