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March 27, 2014

Brad Mehldau jazz piano trio to perform April 17 at Purdue

West Lafayette, Ind. - Nonesuch recording artist Brad Mehldau, along with longtime collaborators Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on April 17 at Purdue University's Loeb Playhouse. This performance is presented by Purdue Convocations.

Ticket holders are invited to attend a preshow discussion at 6:30 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 202. Don Seybold, host of "Inside Jazz" on WBAA, and pianist Judd Danby will discuss the art of the jazz piano trio.

Recently drawing inspiration from melodies by Sonny Rollins, Brazilian bossa-pop artist Bebel Gilberto, Elvis Costello, and even the '60s blues-pop single "Hey Joe," Mehldau continues to elevate the art of improvisation. He has collaborated with such jazz greats as Pat Metheny, Charles Lloyd, Lee Konitz, and Joshua Redman, scored original music for a number of films, toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and composed classical art songs for soprano Renée Fleming and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter.

In 2010, Mehldau became the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall - the first jazz artist to hold the position since it was established in 1995.

Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for those 18 and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Group discounts are also available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit http://www.convocations.org/group-sales/

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 20-30 performances of widely varying genres. Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media.

Source: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu 

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