Jazz Band to present concert Nov. 17

Nov. 5, 2009

The Luther College Jazz Band will perform in concert Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life main hall.

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

Directed by Thomas Bourcier, Luther instructor in music, the band will perform many classics from its big band repertoire. From the Duke Ellington songbook the band performs “Perdido,” as well as an original dedicated to Ellington’s long-time trumpet stylist Bubber Miley.

The Jazz Band will present two selections from the Count Basie tradition, “April in Paris” and the original Quincy Jones arrangement of “Come Fly with Me,” originally recorded by Frank Sinatra.

From the classic 1949 Miles Davis album "Birth of the Cool," the band performs a new arrangement of “Boplicity,” as well as a beautiful version of John Coltrane’s “Naima.”

Bourcier is an instructor of music at Luther, where he teaches improvisation, directs the Jazz Band, and serves as a composer and accompanist for the theatre/dance department.

He has performed across the United States, Europe and the Caribbean in varying musical genres including jazz, classical, rock, folk and blues and avant-garde.


Thomas Bourcier