Steve Rudolph

Jazz Pianist - Composer - Educator - Yamaha Keyboard Artist

Steve Rudolph has had an inspiring career in his 50+ years of professional music making. Jazz Improv magazine states, “Rudolph is a savvy, swinging, glimmering heavyweight...simply outstanding.” He was awarded two Jazz Composition Fellowships from the PA Council on the Arts. With fourteen acclaimed CDs as a leader, he has served as producer, arranger and performer on many recordings including sessions with Johnny Coles, Bill Goodwin, Ali Ryerson, Matt Wilson, Drew Gress, Cal Collins, Jonathan Raggonese, Phil Haynes, Roger Humphries, Dwayne Dolphin, JD Walter and Vinny Valentino. His vast experience encompasses concert performances with many jazz masters including Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Al Grey, and the Mills Brothers. Steve has toured throughout the U.S., India, Europe, Canada, Russia and the Caribbean.  At home in Harrisburg, PA he is the leader of many ensembles including the Harrisburg jazz Collective Big Band.  

Steve was born in Evansville and grew up near Boonville, Indiana. He studied trumpet and composition under scholarship at Butler University in Indianapolis where he discovered an inspiring jazz community.  Switching his main instrumental focus to the piano at age 22, Steve was hired by Buddy Morrow in 1977 to perform on the road with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.  Since moving to Harrisburg in 1978 to perform with his jazz trio and guest artists at the Holiday Inn Town, he has been largely responsible for the growth and development of the thriving jazz scene in Central PA. His devotion to the art of jazz inspired him to found the Central PA Friends of Jazz, now in its 43rd successful year 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 and In 2023 he was inducted into the Central PA Music Hall of Fame.

Well known in Central PA for his Six Night a week, 22 yearlong job as house pianist at the Hilton Harrisburg (1990-2012), Steve is a Yamaha Keyboard Artist and is in demand as a clinician and performer. His detailed recording and touring information may be found at www.steverudolph.com

Link to hour long interview with Dave Pedrick - Working Musician Podcast - Jan. 2018 - discussion of Steve's time in Indiana, switch to piano, road experiences, 22 year long gig at the Hilton Harrisburg and more.

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Harrisburg Jazz Collective Big Band – Central PA’s Premier Big Jazz Band!!

I'm very happy to be back playing with the band - hope to see you there!!!

All Standard Seats: $15 High Top (Seats 2): $35 Booth (Seats 4-6): $80 We highly recommend purchasing your seats in advance at https://www.westshoretheatre.org/tickets/ as these regularly sell out.

Founded in October of 2014, Steve Rudolph (pianist/composer and founder of the Central PA Friends of Jazz) & Bill Perbetsky (trumpeter and former band director at Susquehanna H.S.) co-lead the 16-piece ensemble. The players include the finest musicians from our area and beyond performing music from the historic big bands (Ellington/Basie/ Dorsey) to more modern bands (Buddy Rich, Thad Jones, Rob McConnell. Gordon Goodwin, Bob Mintzer) as well as original music and arrangements from members and friends. Originally named the River City Big Band, the HJC Big Band is happy to have the West Shore Theatre as our new venue for regular performances to go along with our new name. The Harrisburg Jazz Collective Big Band will be featuring guest artists with the band at our regular West Shore appearances and performing holiday concerts in December.

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JazZenJourney House Concert featuring Ali Ryerson

Hunnelstown, PA

Please join us for our next JazZenJourney House Concert at the home of Roger and Diann Levin, at 6:30pm. World renowned flutist Ali Ryerson and virtuoso bassist Victor Dvoskin will be performing with Steve. Tickets are available only on this website and include food and wine - please order by March 12th!!

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