Faculty Artist Series: Tom Bourcier to perform Mardi Gras jazz concert Feb. 12

The spirit of Mardi Gras will come alive in Northeast Iowa with Tom Bourcier, Luther College faculty member, pianist and composer, joined by the Luther College Jazz Sextet and special guest John Goodin performing a Mardi Gras style jazz concert titled, "EVERTIN' is EVERTIN'," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.

The performance, open to the public with no charge for admission, will take place in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall at Luther.

Following the performance Justin Skardina, chef with Driftless Food and Catering, will serve Gumbo, a traditional New Orleans staple food.

Selections for the performance include a predominant collection of instrumentals and songs composed by Bourcier, highlighting his passion for the rhythm and culture of New Orleans as well as southern styles of blues, jazz and gospel. 

"EVERTIN' is EVERTIN'" embodies the spirit, grit, eccentricity and funkiness of New Orleans, one of the prime sources of American jazz in its many styles.

As a professional musician Bourcier has performed throughout the United States, Europe, South America and the Caribbean, performing with and backing up musicians and acts such as the Dirty Dozen Band, Dizzy Gillespie, Jim Schwall of the Siegal-Schwall Band, Connie Stevens, Evil Knievel, Buddy Rich, Donald O’Connor, comedian David Brenner, Debbie Reynolds, Frank Sinatra Jr., Jack Jones and the Chris Brubeck Band. 

At Luther, Tom Bourcier teaches improvisation, jazz theory and arranging, supervises jazz combos, and directs the Jazz Band and Luther College Jazz Sextet.  Professionally, his 2012-13 schedule has him performing throughout the Midwest in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan, as well as Puebla, Mexico; Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Chicago, Milwaukee, Denver and San Francisco.