Young jazz star Dan Tepfer to perform at TTU on Sept. 17
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 9, 2009) — New York-based pianist/composer Dan Tepfer will bring his new approaches to familiar jazz formulas to Tennessee Tech University from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 17 in TTU’s Wattenbarger Auditorium.
Labeled "brilliant" by a Boston Globe critic and "one of tomorrow's jazz stars,”
he has played with some of the great names in jazz, including Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Bob Brookmeyer and Charles McPherson.
The young artist’s breadth and talent have won recognition in the form of the first prize and audience prize at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, the first prize at the 2006 East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and the first prize at the 2007 competition of the American Pianists Association — leading him to be named the 2007-2009 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz.
His new release, OXYGEN, follows his acclaimed debut “Before the Storm,” which was voted one of the top 10 CDs of 2005 by Cadence Magazine. Both albums feature his longstanding trio with bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Richie Barshay (whom Tepfer shares with Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea). The group has been noted for its exceptional chemistry on stage, which reflects its nearly five years of international touring.
Tepfer also pursues an active solo career, with a recent focus on full concerts of freely improvised music.
Actively involved in jazz education, Tepfer has given lectures and master classes in many universities and conservatories throughout the world. These include the Royal Academy of Music (London), the Seoul Institute of the Arts (South Korea), the Chopin Conservatory (Warsaw), the Swiss Jazz School (Bern, Switzerland), and the SMU Meadows School of the Arts (Dallas, Texas).
Born in Paris, France, to American parents, Tepfer started classical piano studies at the age of 6 at the Paris Conservatoire Paul Dukas. Inspired by his grandfather, Oregon jazz pianist Chuck Ruff, he soon began to explore improvisation on his own and remained largely self-taught in jazz into his college years.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he also played extensively on the jazz scene and conducted several operas, he was offered a scholarship to complete his master’s in jazz at the New England Conservatory in Boston under the guidance of Danilo Pérez. Graduating with honors in 2005, he moved to New York City, where he is in demand as a pianist, composer and educator.
This concert, sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage series, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chris McCormick at