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Widener to host final performance in recital series

Jim Ridl, Widener Recital Series

Jim Ridl Group will perform April 15 in the third part of the Widener University Recital Series.

Chester, Pa. – On Sunday, April 15, Widener will host the final concert as part of the Widener University Recital Series on its Main Campus. Admission to the concert series is free and open to the public.

The performance starts at 3 p.m. and will take place in Kapelski Recital Hall, located on the corner of E. 14th and Walnut streets in Chester, Pennsylvania.

The performance features the Jim Ridl Group. Ridl is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and teacher living in the New York City area.

He performs internationally with the Jim Ridl Trio and Quartet, the Dave Liebman Big Band, the Mingus Big Band, Ximo Tebar's IVAM Jazz Ensemble of Spain, and the Tim Horner Quintet.

Ridl's sixth CD Jim Ridl's Blue Corn Enchilada Dreams features the outstanding soloists Terell Stafford, Donald Edwards, and John Benitez in an inspired quartet setting.

Ridl has five previously released recordings: Your Cheatin' Heart and Other Works (Dreambox Media Label); Door In a Field (DBM); Jim Ridl Trio/Live (DBM); Blues Liberations - Solo Piano (DBM); and Five Minutes to Madness and Joy (Synergy Music).

For the fall semester of 2012, Ridl was a visiting jazz artist at Princeton University where he created an inspired and successful jazz performance program specifically for 14 auditioned students.

As part of the 2010, Jazz@Lincoln Center's Rhythm Road program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Ridl toured the Asia-Pacific with the Mark Sherman/Tim Horner Quartet. The band performed and taught workshops in Russia, South Korea, China and the Philippines.

His tenure with jazz guitar legend Pat Martino received many critically acclaimed reviews of performances around the world and produced three outstanding recordings: Interchange, Night Wings and The Maker.

The Widener University Recital Series, now in its second season, brings world-renowned musicians to both Widener students and the community.

Reservations are encouraged, but not required. To reserve your spot, email music@widener.edu and include the concert date in the subject line. For more information, contact the Music Department at 610-499-4339 or visit www.widener.edu/campus_life/performing_arts/music/.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website, http://www.widener.edu/