W.Marsalis to bring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to Purdue

Wynton Marsalis will bring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to Purdue at 8 p.m. Oct. 3 for an evening of swinging big band music in Purdue's Elliott Hall of Music. The event is presented by Purdue Convocations as part of its Jazz Set series.

A talk titled "Playing with Jazz Tradition" will precede the concert at 7 p.m. in Purdue's Stanley Coulter Hall, Room G030. Don Seybold, jazz expert and former associate director of Convocations, will discuss how Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra revisit the history and tradition of jazz's classic repertoire.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, trumpet player, band leader and a nine-time Grammy-winning artist with more than 45 classical and jazz albums to his name, Marsalis is one of the most visible proponents of jazz in the world today. In 1997 he became the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize in music for his epic oratorio on the subject of slavery, "Blood on the Fields." Marsalis also has been creatively involved in musical education; his four-part, Peabody Award-winning TV series "Marsalis on Music" introduces young viewers to the adventure of making music.

In 1987, Marsalis co-founded the jazz program at Lincoln Center and today serves as the artistic director of the group, which includes 15 of the top jazz soloists and ensemble players. The group performs from a repertoire that regularly features rare historic compositions as well as commissioned works, including compositions and arrangements by Count Basie, John Coltrane, Benny Goodman, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington and many others.

Dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz, the Jazz at Lincoln Center program advances a vision for the continued development of the art of jazz through concert performances by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, entertaining educational programs for children and adults, collaborative programs with artists and more, including radio and television programs, recordings, publications and an annual high school jazz band competition and festival.

During its 2008-09 season, Jazz at Lincoln Center will produce nearly 3, 000 events in its home in New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall, and around the world.

Tickets for the performance are $20-45 for adults and $15-30 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. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster outlets. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more can be ordered at ( 765 ) 496-1977.

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations is among the oldest collegiate professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 30 to 40 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. With a vision for connecting artists and audiences in artistic dialogue and for drawing in academic discourse, Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media.

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