Pianist Rudolph has 3 days of love in song planned
Pianist Steven Rudolph says he loves “being a chameleon.”
He is happy to be able to regularly change shades in three days of “A Celebration of the Great American Songbook,” Feb. 14 to 16 at the James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy on the North Side.
“Heck, I'll be playing with a different band every night,” the Harrisburg resident says, “and finishing up with the great Roger Humphries. You can't beat that.”
It will be a busy weekend of music centered around the classic songs that have been part of the steady diet for jazz players for years. Because so many of those songs deal with love and romance, James Street owner Adam Johnston decided also to make the shows a way of celebrating Valentine's Day.
The songbook/Valentine's weekend is the second of Johnston's efforts to stage a special weekend each month. The events began in January with a look at the music of bass legend Charles Mingus, and will continue in March with a weekend of music by guitarists.
Performances at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Feb. 14 will feature a trio of Rudolph, drummer Thomas Wendt and bassist Tony DePaolis supporting the singing of Maureen Budway, Carolyn Perteete, Kathy Connor and Spanky Wilson. An 11 p.m. jam will follow with the voice of Tania Grubbs.
The trio behind the singers will be joined Feb. 15 by guitarist Mark Strickland and trombonist Jeff Bush, trumpeter James Moore and saxophonist-clarinetist Paul Cosentino.
But on Feb. 16, the lineup changes more with a band led by guitarist Marty Ashby with drummer Humphries, bassist Dwayne Dolphin, Moore and Rudolph.
Rudolph is the founder and executive director of the Central PA Friends of Jazz and maintains a steady schedule of performances in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.
He says events such as this one are like jazz festivals where he will be hired to play with a number of bands during the length of the event.
While he is visiting this area, he also is playing at a jazz brunch Feb. 16 at The Mansions on Fifth, Shadyside, and doing a workshop Feb. 17 at West Virginia Wesleyan, in Buckhannon, where Moore teaches.
“It's a tour,” he says with a laugh.
Bob Karlovits is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-320-7852.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- On DeSare’s watch, Sinatra tribute a compelling one
- 4 works couldn’t be more different in PSO performance
- PSO’s FUSE director widens music audience
- Pope to release rock album
- Singer Lisa Fischer still pushing to discover her voice
- Marsha Ambrosius has strong vision of her musical voice
- Henley’s take on country is wistful, elegant album
- Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra serves up four composers: Greenwood, Rodrigo, Stravinsky and Ravel