Big names dominate 20th anniversary Jazz Festival
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Dynamic guest artists ranging from the US Army Jazz Ambassadors to ground-breaking jazz clarinetist Eddie Daniels will headline the Purdue Jazz Festival, Jan. 20-24, 2010.
“I am very excited and proud to announce the guest artist line-up for the 20th anniversary of the Purdue Jazz Festival. As our artist in residence this year we will be hosting Bob Lark from DePaul University in Chicago. Bob is an outstanding trumpeter/flugelhornist who has recorded and performed with many of the top names in jazz,” says Festival Director Mo Trout.
Lark will be performing at various venues around West Lafayette in the week leading up to the festival. He and his award winning DePaul University Jazz Ensemble will also be showcased at a free concert at noon Jan. 23 in Loeb Playhouse.
The Thursday, Jan. 21 Lafayette Jazz Showcase concert will feature some of the local high school jazz bands with Dr. Lark as well as a very special performance by the US Army Jazz Ambassadors. “The Jazz Ambassadors is the United States Army’s premier big band. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad,” Trout says.
Headlining the Friday Jan. 22 concert is the Dave Holland Quintet which has been nominated for, and won, multiple Grammy Awards. “This ‘Jewel of the Jazz World’ includes Robin Eubanks on trombone, Chris Potter on sax, Steve Nelson on vibes and Nate Smith on drums and is led by one of the most celebrated bass players of all time Dave Holland,” Trout says. This group will also participate in clinics during the day on Saturday.
“Last, but not least, the Saturday evening concert with the Purdue Jazz Band will feature an outstanding jazz woodwind artist, the man who has completely redefined the jazz clarinet - Eddie Daniels,” Trout says. Expert testimony about Daniels’ clarinet work comes from the eminent jazz critic Leonard Feather, who said: “It is a rare event in jazz where one man can all but reinvent an instrument bringing it to a new stage of revolution.”
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