Presenting: Piano x 2: Stiles + Strauman Duo

Release Date: Thursday, October 27, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Dr. Edward Strauman, associate professor of music at Chestnut Hill College, will join jazz pianist Joan Stiles for a concert, “Piano x 2: Stiles + Strauman Duo” on Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. in the East Parlor of St. Joseph Hall.  


Strauman and Stiles, who are both jazz pianists and composers, will present two-piano improvisations on standard, original, and classic jazz pieces. Selections include a rare performance of Duke Ellington’s and Billy Strayhorn’s “Tonk,” as well as arrangements from Stiles’ new album, “Three Musicians”. 
A Yamaha Artist/Educator and Eubie and Marion Blake Scholar at New York University, Ed Strauman received his undergraduate degree in music from Temple University, his master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and his Ph.D. from The Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. He has been an assistant professor at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia for the past 6 years, where he teaches music theory, counterpoint and orchestration. He is also the founder of the Jazz Improvisational workshop at the College and has created several new courses, including jazz performance as a minor area of study. Strauman is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and has been published by Willis Music, Hal Leonard, Glory Songs, the School Musician, Pedalpoint and his own publishing company, A Circle of Fifths Music.  
Joan_StilesOriginally from Brooklyn, Joan Stiles now resides in Manhattan, where she is a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music and teaches at the New School University. She is known for her lyrical and melodic piano playing, as well as her skills and talents as a bandleader, arranger and producer. As a student, Stiles switched her academic focus from classical music to jazz as she became increasingly more passionate about jazz music. She earned a master’s degree in music from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Harold Danko, an accomplished jazz pianist. Stiles has released three albums. Her second CD, “Hurly Burly,” garnered a 4-star review from Downbeat Magazine and topped Jazz Week Radio charts. Her most recent release, “Three Musicians,” includes various styles of jazz and explores standards, show tunes and pieces by The Beatles and Eric Clapton. 
The performance is free and open to the public. For more information on the performance, please contact Edward Strauman, Ph.D. at 215.753.3634 or For more information about Joan Stiles or Edward Strauman, please visit or