As a leader, Tepfer has crafted a discography already striking for its breadth and depth, ranging from probing solo improvisation and intimate duets to trio albums rich in their melodic allure. His 2011 Sunnyside/Naïve album “Goldberg Variations / Variations” saw the prize-winning pianist performing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece as well as improvising upon it to “build a bridge across centuries and genres” as the Wall Street Journal put it.
Among his awards are the first prize and audience prize at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the 2006 East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and first prize at the 2007 competition of the American Pianists Association. Tepfer was voted a Best New Artist in JazzTimes in 2010 and a Rising Star in DownBeat in 2011.
The Jazz at Bucknell series presents international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the avant-garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.
The fall concert series include John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet on Oct. 2; the Ece Goksu Quartet on Oct. 23; Jeremy Siskind’s “Finger-Songwriter” Project with Nancy Harms and Lucas Pino on Nov. 6, all to be held in Bucknell Hall. The Bucknell Jazz Christmas concert with Steve Rudolph and Friends will be held in the Weis Center lobby on Dec. 4.
The spring concert schedule includes the Kate McGarry Duo on Jan. 29; the Eastman Jazz Quartet on Feb. 26; the Matt Mitchell Trio with Chris Speed on March 5; and Jason Moran and the Bandwagon (co-sponsored with the Weis Center) on April 17.