Dred “Perky Scott Quintet featuring Steve Rudolph w/Teddy Adams & Delbert Felix
Dred “Perky” Scott – Steve Rudolph -Teddy Adams – Delbert Felix Bios
Dred “Perky” Scott comes from a distinguished Harrisburg family. He has performed here off and on beginning at age 11 as “Little Perky Wonder”. He specialized in ‘James Brown’ with Curley and the Grand Prixs. He has played with numerous local groups such as the El Dantes (W/Cedric Lawson) and the Emperors, a very notable Harrisburg group who had a hit record, “Karate” (Of special note…over five (5) members of that group are now ordained clergy).
He played with Cedric Lawson in Boston when Lawson attended Berkley School of music. He was a musician (Bass) w/Isaac Hayes for a summer in the early 70’s. As a jazz musician/artist in the region he is widely known and acclaimed as one of the finest entertainers ever to come out of this area. He has honed his chops with every significant musician to come in and out of the area over the last 50 years. Sam Banks, Cedric Lawson, Steve Rudolph, Ronnie Waters, and Jimmy Wood to name a few. While attending law school in Pittsburgh he gigged with Dr. Nathan Davis and the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Band. He worked with Jazz greats, Marcus Belgrade, Gerri Allen, Kenny Barron and Max Roach, Roger Humphries, Dwayne Dolphin, and John ‘Squirrel” Mosley during that time. He was the architect of the “Jazz in the Sanctuary” series that was a very popular Jazz medium for many years in the area.
A call to the ministry moved him to a new level on expression. He continues to use the gifts God has given him in spreading His Word to the communities he serves. He embarked on a fully funded “Jazz in the Sanctuary” year long series in Baltimore MD beginning in mid-April 2001. The series continues and performs at various church venues throughout the region. In 2004 Dred released a Jazz standards CD “Live At The Whittaker Center…NINE”, with Steve Rudolph, Roger Humphries and Dwayne Dolphin. He has been performing with a new group “Jazz in the Sanctuary” and offers a monthly JESUS and Jazz worship at the church. The group travels extensively throughout the Mid Atlantic region at churches and other venues. For over twenty five years he has been MC and Performer at the “World’s Greatest Jazz Festival”, the Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz Festival; hosting an amazing array of the best ‘smooth” and contemporary Jazz artist on the scene…you name them the festival has had them.
He recently co-authored his first book…”Pittsburgh JESUS” available on Amazon and all major Booksellers.
Steve Rudolph has had an inspiring career in his 50 years of professional music making. Jazz Improv magazine states, “Rudolph is a savvy, swinging, glimmering heavyweight… …simply outstanding.” The winner of the Jazziz Magazine Piano Competition at the Seven Springs Jazz Festival in 2000, he was also awarded two Jazz Composition Fellowships from the PA Council on the Arts. With eleven acclaimed CDs as a leader, he has served as producer, arranger and performer on many recordings including CDs with Johnny Coles, Bill Goodwin, Ali Ryerson, Matt Wilson, Drew Gress, Cal Collins, and Vinny Valentino. His vast experience encompasses concert performances with many jazz masters including Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Rufus Reid, Buddy Tate, Al Grey, and the Mills Brothers. He has toured throughout the U.S., India, Europe, Canada, Russia and the Caribbean. Steve is currently a Yamaha Keyboard Artist and is in demand as a clinician and performer. He is co-leader of the River City Big Band and pianist in the acoustic trio Day Dream with Phil Haynes and Dew Gress.
Born in Evansville and grew up near Boonville, Indiana, Steve studied trumpet and composition under scholarship at Butler University in Indianapolis. He switched his main instrumental focus to the piano at age 22 and was hired by Buddy Morrow to perform with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1977. Since moving to Harrisburg in 1978, he has been largely responsible for the growth and development of the thriving jazz scene in Central PA. His devotion to the art of jazz inspired him to found the Central PA Friends of Jazz, now in its 36th successful year of monthly concerts, youth band, jazz camp, and annual Central PA Jazz Festival. Since 2012 he has served as the Executive Director of CPFJ. Steve was the recipient of the 2002 Harrisburg Arts Award for dedication to the arts and community service. His detailed recording and touring information may be found at www.steverudolph.com.
Teddy Adams is presently teaching, lecturing and leading his own group. He also is on the Board of Directors for the Coastal Jazz Association, co-leads the Savannah Jazz Orchestra, and is one of the first inductees in the Savannah/ Coastal Jazz Association Hall of Fame.
Delbert Felix grew up on St. Helena Island enthralled by his mother’s smooth dancing to records by Sam Cooke, Charles Brown and Johnny Ace.
Years later, the man who grew up to be the original bassist in the Branford Marsalis Quartet, said his late mother, Ann Felix, “first opened my eyes to feel music, to kind of do a dance with the bass, to help me feel the rhythm and pulse of the music we are playing.”
Delbert’s father, Wesley Felix, was the music teacher and band leader at St. Helena High School. By age 5 or 6, all three Felix children were taking piano lessons from Wilhelmina Barnwell.
Young Delbert also was shaped by the music at Brick Baptist Church and what he called the more raw gospel at other churches around St. Helena, where clapping substituted for drums.
Felix always felt the thump of the bass, and at age 8 was given an electric bass guitar by Jonathan Francis.
He also played horns, marched with the Beaufort High School band and then the famous Marching 100 at Florida A&M University, where he learned constant repetition is required to reach perfection.
Felix took the influences of Lowcountry musicians — Nathaniel Drake, Earl Davis, “Cool” John Ferguson, Steve Best and Bill Barnwell — with him to chilly Boston where he studied at the Berklee College of Music. He took it with him to the U.S. Navy, where he played music around the world and taught in its musical school.
He has performed with Sting, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Cole and all the Marsalis brothers, among others.
Now he’s home, living on Hilton Head Island, and performing with the Delbert Felix Trio.