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October 29, 2003

American Music Review salutes spirit of Cole Porter on Oct. 31

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - If spirits really do prowl on Halloween, the spirit of Cole Porter will be at Lafayette's Loeb Playhouse where Purdue's American Music Review and Concert Jazz Band will present "Cole Porter & Friends."

The free concert is set for 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, at the Loeb Playhouse in Stewart Center.

Best known for the Broadway musical comedies he wrote in the 1930s and '40s, Porter created tunes that have been endlessly fascinating to jazz musicians.

"All the jazz guys love Cole Porter," says William D. Kisinger, director of American Music Review, a Purdue band that includes vocalists and specializes in big band music from the swing era.

Porter's tunes are musically sophisticated and interesting to listen to, filled with chord changes that make them fun for jazz musicians to play, Kisinger says.

Although instrumental numbers dominate the tribute to Porter, American Music Review's four singers will tackle "Too Darn Hot," a showstopper from the musical "Kiss Me Kate."

Porter was not only known for his musical compositions but also for his clever lyrics, Kisinger says.

"He was so clever – he could construct double and triple rhymes in one sentence," he says. "His lyrics were worldly, unique and interesting, but not easy to sing because of their wide range and long phrases."

The Concert Jazz Band, under the direction of M.T. "Mo" Trout, will add such tunes as Mack Gordon's "There Will Never Be Another You," "The Chicken" by James Ellis and "Gone with the Wind" by Herb Magidson and Allie Wrubel.

Both ensembles are part of Purdue University Bands. For more information on Purdue Bands' events see the Web site or call (765) 496-6785.

Writer: Kathy Matter, (765) 496-6785;

Source: William D. Kisinger, (765) 494-3955,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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