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Bruce Dudley

Adjunct Instructor in Jazz Piano

Bruce Dudley has been adjunct instructor of jazz piano at Blair since 2004. He also serves on the faculty of Belmont University as Assistant Professor of Commercial Music. He taught previously at Middle Tennessee State University, San Jacinto College (Houston), and St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. 

Dudley earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music, Business and Technology from New York University, his Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the Eastman School of Music, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Colorado.

Dudley’s recordings include Semblance (1997), Mostly Monk (2010), and The Solo Sessions (2012). He can also be heard on recordings by Imer Santiago (Hidden Journey), Evan Cobb (Falling Up), Sandra Dudley (Close to You), and others. He has performed with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The Moody Blues, Crystal Gayle, Randy Brecker, Eric Alexander, The Middle Tennessee Jazz Orchestra, The Nashville Jazz Orchestra, Buffalo Pops Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra and in the pit orchestra with more than 30 touring Broadway shows. He has performed in jazz festivals throughout Canada and United States since 1987, and has been heard on National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as well as on public and commercial jazz radio stations.

As a composer, Dudley has received commissions from The Canadian Saxophone Quintet, the Millar Brass, flutist Deanna Little (for her Inspirations from Tennessee project), Nashville Jazz Orchestra, Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra, the Penfield Commission Project, and the group CELLO. He has written music for film and television, including source music for daytime soap operas and specialty libraries.

Dudley has presented papers at Learned Societies of Canada (Laval University), Music Theory Southeast (Orlando), World Piano Pedagogy Conference (Nashville), and at the Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music and Piano Festival (West Virginia).   

In 2014, Dudley will be publishing the first in a series of transcriptions of jazz pianist Phineas Newborn Jr., which will be available online. 



Jazz Piano