January 10, 2007

Purdue Jazz Festival to go Latin in 2007

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The 17th annual Purdue Jazz Festival will heat up Greater Lafayette from Jan. 18-21 with a focus on Latin jazz.

Highlights of the festival will include performances by the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band on Jan. 19 and Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi, marimba player Dave Samuels and the Purdue Jazz Band on Jan. 20.

More than 80 of the Midwest's top junior and senior high school big bands and combos also will compete during the festival.

Purdue Bands and Orchestra is sponsoring the four-day Purdue Jazz Festival in collaboration with Purdue Convocations.

The first show during the festival will be Chicago saxophone player Mark Colby with the Purdue Jazz Band and the Columbus North High School Jazz Band. The free concert will be at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Long Center, 111 N. Sixth St. in Lafayette.

The festival's first headliner concert will feature the Grammy Award-winning Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band at 8 p.m. Jan. 19 in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. Purdue Convocations is sponsoring the performance. Tickets are $32 for adults and $22 for children 18 and under, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students.

On Jan. 20 instrumental jazz ensembles from three states will tune up early as competition stretches throughout the day in seven locations in Purdue's Stewart Center, Memorial Union, Elliott Hall of Music and University Church, 320 North St. in West Lafayette. Music will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and all performances are free and open to the public.

Also that day a variety of clinics on jazz topics also will be offered; all are free and open to the public. For information, visit https://www.purdue.edu/bands/jazzfest.

Colby and his quartet will perform in a free concert at noon on Jan. 20 in Loeb Playhouse.

At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, trumpet and flugelhorn player Claudio Roditi, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will headline the Festival Finale concert with marimba player Dave Samuels. They will perform with the Purdue Jazz Band in Loeb Playhouse. Tickets for the concert are $10.

A variety of other festival events will be held off campus during the weekend. They include:

• Jan. 19 — A jazz jam at 9:30 p.m. led by Purdue musicians at the Vienna Espresso Bar & Bakery, 208 South St., West Lafayette.

• Jan. 19-20 — Live jazz and blues music at the Knickerbocker Saloon, 113 N. Fifth St., Lafayette.

• Jan. 21 — A jazz church service at 11 a.m. with the Riverboat Ramblers at University Church.

• Jan. 21 — A jazz brunch with live music from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sarge Oak at City Centre, 515 South St., Lafayette.

• Jan. 21 — A Midwinter Jazz & Swing Dance at 3 p.m. at Jefferson High School, 1801 S. 18th St., Lafayette.

Tickets for the headliner concerts are available at (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW.

Writer: Kathy Matter, Purdue Bands public relations director, (765) 496-6785, kcmatter@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: A related news release about the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band is available at https://news.uns.purdue.edu/UNS/html3month/2007/070109NasonSanchez.html

Related Web site:
Purdue University Bands: https://www.purdue.edu/bands/


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