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Marie-Jo Rudolf


MARIE-JO RUDOLF (saxophonist, pianist) is a native of Montreal, where she started studying music at the age of five. She obtained her Bachelor of Music Degree from l'Université de Montréal as a classical pianist and then went on to study jazz saxophone with Joe Viola at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. After settling in Toronto in the 1970s, she pursued further studies at York University and continued saxophone lessons with David Baker in Indiana and John Sedola in Buffalo, New York.

In Toronto she gained experience playing with jazz mainstays including Claude Ranger, Keith Blackley, Steve Wallace, Ralph Bowen, Bob Fenton, Perry White, Jim Vivian, and Jerry Fuller, developing her own original voice on alto saxophone. She has appeared at the du Maurier Downtown Jazz Festival, the Peterborough Jazz Festival, and the Markham Jazz Festival. She has had frequent bookings as leader of her own groups at various jazz clubs in Toronto and Montreal throughout the years, including one 11-year once-weekly engagement. She is currently studying with Jerry Bergonzi.

The Marie-Jo Rudolf Quartet (with her husband Brian Rudolf on piano, Jim Vivian on bass, and Howie Silverman on drums) was the featured ensemble in the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Concert at the Ontario Science Centre on March 8, 1999.