Nostalgia tinged with jazz fills "Holiday Cheer & All That Jazz"
“Holiday Cheer & All That Jazz,” a Friday, Dec. 7, family holiday show that won’t break the budget, packages favorite holiday tunes with festive big band music and jazz.
The Purdue Jazz Band, along with American Music Review and its singers, are featured in the free concert set for 8 p.m. Dec. 7 in Loeb Playhouse of the Purdue Stewart Center.
Designed to capture the spirit of the season, the show ranges from an instrumental “Disney Salute” performed by American Music Review to such nostalgic vocal offerings as “White Christmas” sung by Decolby Hill, a freshman pre-med major from Indianapolis, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” performed by Pete Mast, a senior electrical engineering major from Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Two singers with Lafayette roots - Sara Suppinger, a sophomore liberal arts major and Hannah Niebrugge, a junior pharmacy major – add “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Santa Baby” to the mix.
Proving that holiday music flourishes in jazz arrangements, the Purdue Jazz Band, directed by M.T. “Mo” Trout offers rousing versions of “Here We Come a Wassailing” and “Deck the Halls” alongside new looks at more reflective tunes like “Greensleeves” and “We Three Kings.”
To prevent holiday overload, and provide musical counterpoint to the concert, both groups will slip in a handful of non-holiday numbers. “The Shadow of Your Smile” and “Stella by Starlight” are offered by American Music Review, directed by William Kisinger, while the Purdue Jazz Band adds Pat Metheny's “It’s Just Talk” and Bill Holman’s Petaluma Lu.” The Jazz Band closes the show with “American Patrol,” a jazz tune with patriotic overtones that’s become a favorite of jazz audiences this fall.