Luther College Jazz Band to perform Nov. 17

Enjoy an afternoon of jazz with Luther College's Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on Luther's Campus.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The Jazz Band covers the jazz tradition of big band swing while also exploring contemporary genres and new jazz compositions. The Nov. 17 performance will include a stylistically diverse program that includes compositions by Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Charles Mingus, Maria Schneider and Pat Metheny. Music will range from the classics of the New Orleans and Swing-era traditions, to big band arrangements with bossa nova and Afro-Caribbean influences. Modern selections are also included that infuse rock, gospel and blues with the wide dynamic palette of the large jazz ensemble.

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble will join the Jazz Band to perform pieces by Porter and Greg Jasperse. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Luther senior Elizabeth Martens.

The Jazz Band is under the direction of Jon Ailabouni, Luther adjunct faculty in music.

Ailabouni holds the bachelor's degree from Luther and the master's degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. He has toured internationally in Brazil, Puerto Rico and France, and has performed with likes of Kurt Elling and Paquito D'Rivera. As a first year faculty member, Ailabouni says he is excited to lead outstanding ensembles that entertain and move audiences, and challenge and edify student performers.