Steamy jazz fills Purdue Jazz Festival, Jan. 18-20
For a short time Friday through Saturday, Jan. 18-20, at the Purdue Jazz Festival, there’ll be more jazz to the square foot on the Purdue campus than in the jazz mecca of New Orleans.
Latin jazz flavors the festival’s opening night on Jan. 18 with a concert by the Poncho Sanchez Latin Octet in Loeb Playhouse of the Purdue Stewart Center.
On Saturday, Jan. 19, more than 100 school jazz ensembles from Indiana, Michigan and Illinoistune up early as competition stretches from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in seven venues in the Purdue Stewart Center, Purdue Memorial Union and University Church. All these sessions plus the clinics with jazz professionals are free and open to the public.
The 8:30 p.m. Festival Finale concert on Saturday, Jan. 19 in Loeb Playhouse features New York jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin and pianist James Williams with the Purdue Jazz Band and PMO Express. The festival wraps up Sunday, Jan. 20, with a Jazz Church Service at University Church and a Gourmet Jazz Brunch at Maize Catering on Columbia with the Purdue Jazz Band Combo.
Click on the jazz festival logo to read bios on all our guest artists and see detailed performance schedules for the high schools. Here’s a rundown of main festival events:
|FRIDAY, Feb 18||8 p.m. Poncho Sanchez Latin Octet, Loeb Playhouse. SOLD OUT.|
9:30-11 p.m. Live jazz - Purdue jazz combo at Vienna Espresso Café, 208 South St. in the WL Village. No cover.
10 p.m.-2 a.m. Clayton Miller Blues Band, Knickerbocker Saloon, 113 N. Fifth St., Lafayette. $3 cover. Must be 21.
|SATURDAY, Feb. 19||
8 a.m.-5 p.m. High school and middle school competition with big bands, combos and vocal jazz groups in seven venues spread over Purdue Memorial Union, Stewart Center and University Church. Free.
|9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jazz clinics with professional artists. Free.|
|Noon Condition Blue, hard bop jazz quintet in concert, Loeb Playhouse. Free.|
p.m. Festival Finale Concert, Loeb Playhouse,
|SUNDAY, Feb. 20||11 a.m. Jazz Church Service themed around Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday with saxophonist Danny Weiss and rhythm section from Condition Blue, University Church, Grant and North Sts.|
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Gourmet Jazz Brunch, Maize Catering on Columbia, 625 Columbia, Lafayette (765) 420-7022. Purdue Jazz Band Combo performing.
|For general Jazzfest information call (765) 496-6785 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org|