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Groovy ‘Jazz on the Hill’ pays
tribute to the 1970s
Outdoor concerts became very popular in the 1970s and music from that era will color Purdue Bands’ annual “Jazz on the Hill.” Due to forecasts of bad weather, this traditionally outdoor concert has been moved indoors to Loeb Playhouse on Sunday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m.
Admission is free.
Four jazz bands – Concert Jazz Band, Lab Jazz Band, American Music Repertory Ensemble and the Purdue Jazz Band – will be featured in a “Tribute to the 1970s” along with an alumni band dating to the 1970s.
Chameleon, made up of Purdue student musicians, was one of Indiana’s top party bands in the 1970s operating under the mantra of the era: peace, love and rock & roll. All of the members of the band trace their roots to the Purdue Jazz Department and are reunitingat Loeb Playhouse. They will also give a concert at The Muse in downtown Lafayette at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30. “I Got the Music in Me,” “Live and Let Die” and “So Very Hard to Go” are among the 1970s hits on Chameleon’s playlist.
Each of Purdue’s jazz bands will take their own look at the era. Music by familiar artists, from Carole King to Earth, Wind and Fire, and from Buddy Rich to Woody Herman, willbring all the colors of the 1970s rainbow to Jazz on the Hill. The Concert Jazz Band opens with King’s “Corazon” from 1973 and an arrangement of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s “Gotta Get You Into My Life,” for Earth, Wind and Fire.
Works by the Buddy Rich Orchestra from the 1970s will be performed by the Lab Jazz Band, including “Big Swing Face,” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” and “Dancing Men.” When the American Music Repertory Ensemble takes the stage, they will focus on the music of Woody Herman with “That’s Where It Is,” “Brotherhood of Man,” “Woodchopper’s Ball” and more.
The Purdue Jazz Band finishes up the laid-back afternoon with such tunes as “Some Skunk Funk” by Randy Brecker, “Clementine” as performed by Bobby Darin, and “Luck Be a Lady” from the Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls.”
The event finishes up Purdue Bands & Orchestras 2010-11 season. The Purdue Summer Concert Band will perform at Slayter at 7:30 p.m. July 19.
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