Chapel Series to present Steve Rudolph Jazz Quartet March 9
The Chapel Series at Shippensburg University will present a concert with the Steve Rudolph Jazz Quartet, featuring
Jonathan Ragonese, at 3 p.m. March 9 in Old Main Chapel.
free and open to the public, will feature original
compositions and jazz standards.
Rudolph has been described by Jazz
Improv as “a savvy, swinging,
glimmering heavyweight … simply outstanding.” A Yamaha Keyboard Artist, he has
inspired audiences for more than 40 years as a professional musician, sharing
the stage with many jazz masters including Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry
Gibbs, Rufus Reid, Buddy Tate, the Mills Brothers and Cal Collins. A winner of
the Jazziz Piano Competition, he was
also awarded two Jazz Composition Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on
the Arts, and has been commissioned to create multiple works for the Harrisburg
Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Stuart Malina.
Rudolph on saxophone is Ragonese, a recent graduate of the masters program at the
Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Bob Mintzer and
many other top jazz artists. He has performed and recorded with many jazz
greats, including Terell Stafford, David Liebman, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath and
James Moody. Steve Wilson, the Vermont
Mozart Festival Orchestra and The Harrisburg Symphony, and others have
premiered his compositions.
Ragonese recently released Ardent Marigolds, their first album as a duo.
On drums will be Larry Marshal, drummer, composer
and educator, and Sakae drum artist. He has appeared on more than 50 CDs as a
drummer and/or producer in the U.S., Europe and Japan. He has an active career
teaching private lessons, clinics, and master classes in the U.S. and Japan.
Hart will play bass. He lives in State College, but returns to New York City
regularly to perform in a variety of ensembles ranging from jazz to pop and
For more information, call 477-1638.