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Jazz pianist Stephanie Trick to showcase Harlem stride-style play during visit

Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Stephanie Trick will perform a free concert on Alfred University’s (AU) Miller Theater stage on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m., thanks to support from the David and Elizabeth Miller Performing Arts Fund and the AU Student Activities Board.

Earlier in the day, Trick will lecture and perform at weekly AU’s Bergren Forum, 12:10 p.m. in Susan Howell Hall (note change in Forum location). This program is also open to the public free of charge.

Trick’s expertise is in the Harlem stride piano style, an orchestral style of two-handed piano playing that not only swings, but is also technically demanding and exciting to watch. This jazz style was developed in the 1920s and ‘30s. Her repertoire consists of authentic transcriptions of the great jazz masters of the era, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton and James P. Johnson. She is also a master of swing and boogie-woogie piano styles.

Trick released her debut solo album “Piano Tricks” in 2005, which offers stride, ragtime, jazz, and classical selections. Since then she has released “Ragtime Tricks, Hear That Rhythm!”, “Stephanie Trick LIVE, “Something More, “Two for One,” and “Fourteen,” released last November, the result of her collaboration with Grammy-nominated lyricist and vocalist Lorraine Feather. The album features the music of James P. Johnson and other stride piano composers, set with words and sung by Feather.

Trick began playing piano at the age of 5 and her piano teacher exposed her to early jazz. The syncopation and swinging rhythm piqued Trick’s interest and became her field of study in college. She graduated with a bachelor of the arts in music degree from the University of Chicago.

She has been touring the world since her undergraduate days playing in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan.  Trick has performed in many parts of the United States and Europe in a variety of venues, including the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, Italy; the Breda Jazz Festival in the Netherlands; the Arbors Records Invitational Jazz Party; the Sacramento Music Festival; the Cincy Blues Fest in Cincinnati; and the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, CA. She was also invited to perform at the international Stride and Swing Summit in Boswil, Switzerland in 2008 and 2010.

Trick won the prestigious Kobe-Breda Jazz Friendship Award in 2012, which led to invitations to play concerts in Japan.  In 2011 she was awarded the New Talent Prize by the Hot Club of France. She has also performed concerts with esteemed jazz piano masters Dick Hyman and Rossano Sportielli.

You can see numerous video examples of Trick’s performances on YouTube and on her website: