December 4, 2012
'Swing' through the holidays with Purdue's jazz bands
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Holiday comfort music in the form of seasonal favorites made famous by Irving Berlin, Leroy Anderson and others will fill the Holiday Cheer & All That Jazz concert offered by Purdue's jazz bands on Friday (Dec. 7).
The Purdue Jazz Band, American Music Repertory Ensemble and Lab Jazz Band all get spotlights at the free concert set for 8 p.m. in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse on campus.
Preceding the concert is "Tuba Christmas," an annual event where tubists and euphonium players offer low brass versions of holiday tunes. The 30-minute show begins at 7 p.m., also in Loeb Playhouse. Admission is free.
From "Home for the Holidays" and "Christmas Time is Here" to "The Little Drummer Boy" and "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," band director M.T. "Mo" Trout says Purdue's jazz ensembles will present a true holiday "swingalong."
"All the tunes on the concert have really been re-imagined in the swing style," Trout said. "Some are big-band swing, while others are more contemporary. But they're all still classic swing."
The evening is designed to be carefree and family friendly, said Purdue Bands publicist Kathy Matter.
"By not charging admission, Purdue Bands has always thought of this concert as our gift to the community in a season where dollars never go as far as dreams," she said.
Seating for the event is on a first-come basis, with Loeb Playhouse opening after the conclusion of Tuba Christmas. "Holiday Cheer" is the last jazz concert of the Purdue Bands & Orchestra fall 2012 season. For information on the January 2013 Purdue Jazz Festival and upcoming jazz events in 2013 visit http://www.purdue.edu/bandsContact: Kathy Matter, 765-496-6785, firstname.lastname@example.org