Artist Description

Jazz Pianist and composer BRUCE DUDLEY has performed at Jazz Festivals in Canada and the United States since 1974 when he was the featured “Young Talent” winner at the Wichita Jazz Festival. Since then he has performed across Canada and throughout the United States in clubs, concerts, and festivals including the Houston International Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Jazz in June, Calgary Jazz Festival, Edmonton Jazz Festival, and Corpus Christi Jazz Festival. Dudley has performed with Herb Ellis, Marvin Stamm, Eddie Daniels, Chester Thompson, Jamie Baum, and many others. He was the pianist for the Middle Tennessee Jazz Orchestra with whom he has performed with Randy Brecker, Eric Alexander, Kenny Werner, Scott Robinson, Jim McNeely, Tim Hagens, and the Sacred Music Concert of Duke Ellington.

Dudley’s own groups include a jazz septet and a “double quartet” – a jazz quartet plus a string quartet – for which his arrangements and compositions have received rave reviews. His recordings include the 2010 release “Mostly Monk” and a trio CD, “Semblance.”His wife, jazz singer Sandra Dudley’s CD “Close To You” includes arrangements by Bruce.

Dudley is Assistant Professor of Commercial Music at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and is adjunct Artist Teacher of jazz piano at Vanderbilt University. Dudley previously held positions at Middle Tennessee State University, San Jacinto College in Houston, and St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.

In 2010 Dudley earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Colorado – Boulder. His dissertation, “Cultural Osmosis as Portrayed in Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite,” included primary source research at the Ellington Collection in the Smithsonian Institute.

He is sought after not only as a pianist but as a clinician as well. He has conducted clinics on jazz improvisation in Canada and the U.S. at Brigham Young University, Western Washington State University, Tennessee State University, Eastman School of Music, Houston Community Colleges, Humber College, University of Saskatoon, University of Alabama, among others.

As a composer, Dudley has received commissions from Meet the Composer, The Commission Project, The Canadian Saxophone Quintet, East Nashville Center for the Creative Arts, and Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra.

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