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About Steve Rudolph


As a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator, Steve Rudolph has had an inspiring career in his 40 years of professional music making. Jazz Improv magazine states, “Rudolph is a savvy, swinging, glimmering heavyweight… ...simply outstanding.” Steve presents concerts and workshops that have inspired audiences worldwide. The winner of the Jazziz Magazine Piano Competition at the Seven Springs Jazz Festival in 2000, he was also recipient of two Jazz Composition Fellowships from the PA Council on the Arts.

With ten 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. Released this year will be a quartet album with German violinist Holger Jetter, Indian tabla master Apurba Mukherjee and vocalist Indrani and a solo recording of Rudolph compositions. His vast experience encompasses concert performances with many jazz masters including Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Rufus Reid, Johnny Coles, Al Grey, Matt Wilson, Bill Goodwin, and Ali Ryerson (see attached artist page).

In this past few years Steve has toured New York trumpeter/vocalist Nate Birkey, flutist Ali Ryerson, a tour with the Three Ragas throughout India and Myanmar, U.S. & Russian tour with French vocalist and Mack Avenue Recording Artist Ilona Knopfler, and various tours with his own ensembles all over the Eastern U.S.. When at home in Harrisburg, Pa., he can be found performing regularly at the Hilton Harrisburg on his Yamaha Concert Collection C-7 Grand. Steve is presently in his 18th year playing six nights a week at the Hilton.

As a roster member of the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PENNPAT), funding from that organization is available to presenters to underwrite his performances. Born in Evansville, Indiana, Steve studied trumpet and composition under scholarship at Butler University. He switched his 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 PA in 1978, he has been largely responsible for the growth and development of the thriving jazz scene in Central Pennsylvania. His devotion to the art of jazz inspired him to found the Central PA Friends of Jazz, now in its 27th successful season of monthly concerts, youth band, jazz camp, and annual Central PA Jazz Festival. Steve was the recipient of the 2002 Harrisburg Arts Award for dedication to the arts and community service.

His detailed recording and touring information may be found at

Steve Rudolph joined the JazzTimes community on Jun 01, 2009