Jazz Guitarist brings trio to Purdue

September 5, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Lionel Loueke Trio will perform at Purdue University's Loeb Playhouse on September 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The jazz ensemble's performance is presented by Purdue Convocations and includes a free pre-show discussion for ticket holders. Don Seybold, host of Inside Jazz on WBAA, and guitarist Scott Pazera will discuss Lionel Loueke's approach to music-making at 6:30 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 320.

Born in the African nation of Benin, Lionel Loueke (LEE-oh-NEL loo-ECK-ee) had to save for more than a year to buy his first $50 guitar at age 17, and when his strings snapped, he replaced them with bicycle brake cables. Soon, he was studying jazz in Paris and Boston, playing as a sideman alongside Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Sting, Santana, Esperanza Spalding, and Terence Blanchard, and, eventually, fronting his own trio.

A guitarist whom Hancock has dubbed "a musical painter," Loueke creates soaring melodies, which he often sings in unison with his guitar, and complex harmonies while interweaving African folk forms. Loueke has released three albums on the Blue Note label. His latest is last year's "Heritage."

Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for children 18 years 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 offers the region 20-30 performances of widely varying genres: Broadway-style shows, theater, dance, children's theater, world music, jazz, and chamber music, along with rock, pop, country and comedy attractions. 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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