Steve Rudolph and Tom Strohman are two of PA’s jazz treasures. They met and began performing together in Harrisburg in 1978. A personal and musical friendship quickly developed and has blossomed over the years. They first recorded together in 1979 as part of Just Friends and Just Friends Again, two record albums featuring numerous jazz musicians from the Greater Harrisburg area. In 2001, Steve and Tom recorded In Our Prime, which also featured Steve Varner on bass and Bill Goodwin on drums. The two of them continue to work together in duo, small ensemble, and big band settings.
Steve Rudolph is no stranger to the State, having performed here several times with the Zeropoint Big Band. He has had an inspiring career in his 50 years of professional music making. Born in Evansville and raised near Boonville, Indiana, Steve studied trumpet and composition under scholarship at Butler University in Indianapolis. At age 22 he switched his main instrumental focus to piano and was eventually hired by Buddy Morrow in 1977 to perform with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. With eleven acclaimed CD’s as a leader, Steve has served as producer, arranger and performer on many recordings, including CD’s with Johnny Coles, Bill Goodwin Ali Ryerson, Matt Wilson and Vinny Valentino. His vast experience encompasses concert performances with many jazz masters including Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Rufus Reid, Buddy Tate, Al Grey, the Mills Brothers and Cal Collins. His detailed recording and touring information may be found at www.steverudolph.com
Born in Lebanon, PA in 1952, Tom Strohman started playing piccolo at the age of six. Under the tutelage of his father, H. Herbert Strohman, Tom studied flute, saxophone and clarinet. He continued his studies at Lebanon Valley College with Frank Stachow. Tom has also studied with Joe Allard, Phil Woods, Walter Bishop, Jr., Adolphe Sandole, Charles DeLaney, and John Oberbrunner. As a free lance musician, Tom has performed for entertainers Patti Page, Al Martino, Sonny and Cher, Eddie Fisher, The Four Aces, Della Reese, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Vinton, Johnny Mathis, Jackie Evancho, Bob Newhart, and Clay Aiken. As a solo performer, he has had the pleasure of working with Bobby Rosengarten, Ira Sullivan, Buddy DeFranco, Al Grey, Steve Gilmore, David Schnitter, John Blake, Jonny Coles, and John Von Ohlem. More information can be found at www.tomstrohman.com
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| Friday, December 8th