Purdue Jazz Festival turns 20 in 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Celebrating its 20th year, the Purdue Jazz Festival will offer a special Community Jazz Showcase Concert on Thursday (Jan. 21), featuring the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors.

US Army Jazz Ambassadors

Master Sgt. Jeff Lopez plays bass during a concert with the Jazz Ambassadors - America's Big Band. Photo Credit: TUSAFB Stock Photo

The sold-out concert, co-sponsored by Purdue Bands & Orchestras and the Lafayette Journal and Courier, also features performances by Harrison, Jefferson, McCutcheon and West Lafayette High School Jazz bands with Chicago trumpeter Bob Lark. It begins at 7 p.m. at the Long Center, 111 N. Sixth St., Lafayette.

Other headliners for the Festival include the Dave Holland Quintet at 8 p.m. Friday (Jan. 22) in Loeb Playhouse; and groundbreaking clarinetist Eddie Daniels with the Purdue Jazz Band at the Festival Finale concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, in Loeb Playhouse.

A special anniversary event, funded by a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission through its Regional Arts Partners program, is a day of jazz at Rossville High School on Tuesday (Jan. 19). Members of the Purdue Jazz Band, director Mo Trout and guest trumpeter Bob Lark from Chicago, will work with Rossville’s jazz students during the day then present an evening concert at the school.

For all 20 years, the heart of the festival has been the high school and middle school competition, which draws instrumental jazz ensembles from four states. On Jan. 23, 83 big bands and combos will compete throughout the day in seven locations in the Purdue Stewart Center, Purdue Memorial Union and Pao Hall on Purdue’s campus. The music starts at 8 a.m. and continues through 5 p.m. It’s all free. All the festival guest artists will give clinics that also are free and open to the public.

This year’s artist-in-residence, Bob Lark will be spotlighted with the DePaul University Jazz Band he directs at a noon concert on Jan. 23 in Loeb Playhouse that’s free and open the public. Saxophonist Mark Colby, also from Chicago’s jazz scene, will be featured on the same concert.

Related festival events include a jazz jam led by Purdue musicians at Vienna Espresso, Friday (Jan. 22), and a Midwinter Jazz & Swing Dance at Jefferson High School at 3 p.m. Jan. 24.

For complete details visit http://www.purdue.edu/bands/jazzfest. To purchase tickets for headliner concerts call 494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. No tickets are available for the Jan. 21 show.

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