The Luther College Jazz Band is in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Luther's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. This event is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The Luther College Jazz Band is a 20-member group directed by Jon Ailabouni, adjunct faculty in music and 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.
The ensemble will perform a variety of pieces including "Blues In The Closet" by Oscar Pettiford, "Mack The Knife" written by Kurt Weill and arranged by Sammy Nestico, and "Boplicity" written by Miles Davis and arranged by Mike Tomaro. The ensemble will also play "Ask Me Now" written by Thelonious Monk and arranged by Gregory Yasinitsky, Eric Richards' arrangement of Fats Wallers' "Jitterbug Waltz," Chick Corea's "Spain" arranged by Paul Jennings and "I Mean You" by Thelonious Monk and arranged by Mike Tomaro.
Also performing in the concert is the Luther College Supersax Ensemble featuring Luther students David Blackstad and Ben Rieckoff on alto saxophone, Ben Ostrem on bari saxophone, Pablo Gomez on piano, Emma Hyatt on bass, Aidan Schmitt on drums and Professors Lynne Hart and Peter Hart on tenor saxophone.
Luther is home to one of the largest undergraduate music programs in the nation with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and nearly 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 275 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.
For more information about Luther's concerts and music department visit www.luther.edu/music.