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.

The program, 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.

Joining 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.

Rudolph and 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.

Bob 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 rock.

For more information, call 477-1638.