While in college, Rudy began playing with trumpeter Ron Miles, whom Rudy deems his greatest teacher and music mentor. Rudy also performed with artists in the gospel, alternative rock and jazz scenes including Fred Fuller, Dale Bruning, Laura Newman, Fred Hess, Dotsero, Leslie Drayton, Joe Keel, Nelson Rangell and Bill Frisell. In 2006, Rudy began his graduate studies in music at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he studied with jazz drummer Victor Lewis. He quickly integrated into New York’s creative music scene, and has since performed with world-renowned artists including Les McCann, Dave Douglas, Ben Allison, Jason Moran, JD Allen, Sean Jones, Greg Osby, Jennifer Holiday, Tia Fuller, Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Bowen, Bruce Barth, George Colligan, Don Byron, Tom Harrell, John Ellis, John Patitucci, Jenny Scheinman and the Mingus Big Band, and many others. A lover of all genres of music, Rudy continues to expand his horizons as he gains increasing recognition in the world of jazz.