Construction forces 'Jazz on the Hill' to move to Hovde Hall
Road closures and construction around Slayter Center has prompted Purdue University Bands to move its popular “Jazz on the Hill” to a different kind of hill – the steps of Hovde Hall.
The outdoor concert runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25. Admission is free.
Musicians in four jazz bands, including the Purdue Jazz Band and a special Alumni Jazz Band, will set up outside Hovde. A limited number of chairs will be provided for plaza seating and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets for lawn seating and picnic dinners.
Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity will make sandwiches and soft drinks available.
The Alumni Band includes an arrangement of “Body and Soul” by Purdue alumn Chet Bauch in its program. Bauch will be in attendance at the event. They will also play Duke Ellington’s “I’m Beginning to See the Light” and Woody Herman’s “Woodchopper’s Ball.”
Another Bauch arrangement, a Latin version of “Take the A Train” called “Jose Takes Another Train,” will be performed by the Purdue Jazz Band. The department’s top ensemble also plans to perform two Sammy Nestico and Quincy Jones tunes - “Joy of Cookin’” and “Belly Roll.”
Nestico tunes pop up in other portions of the program as well. Purdue’s Concert Jazz Band will perform a Nestico arrangement of Count Basie’s “Smack Dab in the Middle” and the Lab Band will perform “The Spirit is Willing.”