Luther College Jazz Band concert April 29

The Luther College Jazz Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus. 

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission and will be streamed at stream.luther.edu/music. The event will not be streamed live, but will be released for on-demand viewing within 48 hours of the performance.

The ensemble will perform works by Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Bill Holman, Moises Simons, Charles Mingus and Thad Jones. Also performing in the concert is the Luther College Supersax Ensemble featuring Luther students David Blackstad and Kate Wyre on alto saxophone, Kendra Peterson and Peter Mathistad on tenor saxophone, Ben Ostrem on baritone saxophone, Pablo Gomez on piano, Zach Ryerson on bass and Aidan Schmitt on drums.

The Luther College Jazz Band, directed by Jon Ailabouni, adjunct faculty in music, is a 20-member group that performs on campus regularly throughout the year. The ensemble gives students a solid foundation in the jazz tradition of big band swing while at the same time exploring more contemporary genres and new jazz compositions and arrangements.

Ailabouni graduated summa cum laude from Luther with a degree emphasizing classical trumpet performance. He received the master of music in jazz studies from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. He currently directs the Luther College Jazz Band and Luther jazz combo program and teaches ethnomusicology, improvisation, jazz theory and arranging, jazz history, studio improvisations and trumpet lessons. He also performs with Luther's faculty brass quintet.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.