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March 14, 2013

'Big Phat' Goodwin tunes featured at Super Jazz Jam

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Tunes by Gordon Goodwin and Sammy Nestico, favorite composers of the student jazz musicians at Purdue, are part of the annual Super Jazz Jam, set for 8 p.m. March 22, in Loeb Playhouse on campus.

Admission is free.

Goodwin's Big Phat Band is "the current big hit big band that all the kids know. It's really fun music. But most young bands can't play it because it's too difficult," says Purdue jazz director Mo Trout.

"High Maintenance," to be performed by the Lab Jazz Band, is typical Gordon Goodwin. "The tempo is quick. The trumpets are high. The saxes are fast and there's high energy in the drums," Trout says. "There are layered riffs like Count Basie but in a more contemporary style."

Among the other tunes the Lab Band will perform are Alan Baylock's "Hullabaloo" and an arrangement of "Too Close For Comfort" by Dave Wolpe. The Concert Jazz Band begins the evening with tunes ranging from Goodwin's "Lester Leaps In" to Benny Carter's "The Wiggle Walk."

American Music Repertory Ensemble shows off another side of Goodwin. "He writes a lot of music for animated movies and cartoons - music with a fun, whimsical feeling,"  Trout says. AMRE opens their set with a Goodwin arrangement of the Disney hit "Beauty and the Beast."

Members of the Purdue Jazz Band will perform both Goodwin and Sammy Nestico.

The "Super Jazz Jam" is one of many events sponsored by Purdue Bands & Orchestras, which also offers concert band, percussion and orchestra events this semester. For information visit httpwww.purdue.edu/bands

Contact: Kathy Matter, 765-496-6785, kcmatter@purdue.edu