Our own Judith Brown shares links to interviews with some of CPFJs favorites: Amy Banks, Etienne Charles, Aaron Goldberg, and Steve Rudolph as well as other well-known musical artists.

Host of BlogTalkRadio’s “Livin’ the Dream! with JBlair Brown,” Judith features artists in the entertainment industry, as well as authors and writers weekly. You can connect to each interview by clicking the links below.

Amy Banks

Amy Banks

Etienne Charles

Eric Darius

George Duke

Champian Fulton

Jon Gold

Aaron Goldberg

Aaron Goldberg

Euge Groove

Cal Harris, Jr.

Christian McBride

Steve Rudolph

Leslie Summey

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Steve Rudolph

Join us when our own Steve Rudolph shares his life on BlogTalkRadio’s “Livin’ the Dream! with JBlair Brown,” a LIVE Internet program. Scheduled for 2pm on Wed, April 6th, Rudolph will discuss his adventures and life in the jazz industry.

Rudolph was born and raised in Evansville, IN. He fell in love with music, first as a trumpet student and, at age 22, transitioned to the piano.

A natural on the keys, Rudolph found himself, a few short years later performing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, backing up the likes of Helen O’Connell and the Mills Brothers. After moving to Harrisburg in 1978 (my center of the universe!), Rudolph became a main staple at the renowned Holiday Inn Town. With his ever-increasing reputation as a solid jazz pianist, his name became pseudonymous with greats like Royce Campbell, Johnny Coles, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Hunt, Lonnie Lester, Joe Lovano, Buddy Tate, JJ Wiggins, and many others.

Rudolph has performed at Carnegie Hall and across the US as well as throughout Europe. During the early 80’s, he and a small group of jazz enthusiasts founded Central PA Friends of Jazz – and we’re all the better for it.

You can connect to the LIVE show by clicking here at 2pm on Wed, April 6th at 2pm. The show’s chat room will also be open, so feel free to scroll to the bottom of the page and share your questions or comments for Steve. And if you’re truly daring…DIAL IN anytime during the 30-minute segment and be heard LIVE on the radio! The number to dial is 347-539-5805. Hope you can attend!


BEST DATE EVER!

BEST DATE EVER!

On March 28th, CPFJ had the honor of presenting Freddy Cole and his trio for a performance at the Hilton during CPFJ’s Sunday concert series.

The evening before, Mr. Cole and I spent a few hours together enjoying dinner at downtown restaurant. I have to admit, it was the best date ever! Mr. Cole shared lots of fond memories of his earlier days on the circuit – including many “He-couldn’t-possibly-make-this-stuff-up!”flashbacks of the Elks, Masonic Hall and the infamous Lawson’s Bar. (Having grown up in Harrisburg, I knew the stories weren’t farfetched, but rather, par for the course. They were some wild times!)

But the highlight of the evening was having my own private not-on-purpose concert with the fabulous Freddy Cole. The restaurant apparently subscribes to a Sirius jazz channel, one featuring all the jazz legends: Frank Sinatra, Nancy Wilson, Billy Eskstine, Ella Fitzgerald – and plenty others. When I tell you that Mr. Cole knew – and sang – every single song that came on that channel, I’m not exaggerating! (I still can’t believe a man 20+ years my senior recalled every word to every tune, while I have trouble remembering my middle name!)

He’s simply amazing.

Following dinner, we walked back to The Bar at the Hilton to hear Steve Rudolph at the piano. What a once-in-a-lifetime treat for all us listeners as Mr. Cole’s raspy voice accompanied Steve’s playing – totally impromptu – and pitch perfect!

It was the highlight of my evening. In fact, thus far, it’s been the highlight of my year! And definitely…

MY BEST DATE EVER!