For immediate release: April 16, 2007
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will jazz up the Celebrity Artist Series with “Improvisation” featuring the Steve Rudolph Trio with J.D. Walter on Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall.
Rudolph, jazz pianist, composer and teacher, studied trumpet and composition before switching his instrumental focus to piano at age 22. He performed with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1977, moving to Harrisburg a year later. He is the founder and past president of Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz and has been credited with the growth and development of the jazz scene in the region.
Now a Yamaha Performing Artist and a member of the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour roster, Rudolph was named an “emerging artist” at the Jazz Times Convention in New York City in 1998. He won the 1999 Jazziz Magazine – Seven Springs Jazz Festival Piano Competition and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Jazz Fellowship in 1995 and 2001. Highlights of his career include seven European tours, including a 2003 tour of Russia and Siberia and a 2007 tour of Myanmar and India. Rudolph has recorded 11 CDs including “Dedicated to You” with J.D. Walter, who will join the trio for the BU performance.
Walter, a vocalist and scat artist, sang with the American Boychoir and attended the University of North Texas on a vocal jazz scholarship, becoming a featured soloist on university recordings. The recipient of awards from the International Association of Jazz Educators, he has recorded four CDs and appeared on radio and TV programs in the U.S. and Finland. He hosted festivals in Europe and the Middle East and toured Russia 10 times, performing in 80 cities.
Walter has performed at clinics for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Music Educators National Conference and served as vocal coach for “American Idol” runner-up Justin Guarinni and others. He lives in New York City where he performs at jazz clubs and events.
The program is presented as part of BU’s annual Jazz Festival and supported by Pennsylvania’s Performing Arts on Tour. Tickets for the show are $15 for adults and $5 for students and children. For more information or to order tickets, call (570) 389-4409. The box office is open Monday thru Friday from noon to 4 p.m.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.