The Luther College Jazz Band will present a concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.
The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Jazz Band will perform works by Mary Lou Williams, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Tito Puente and Thad Jones. It will feature two selections to honor the memory of Fred Sturm, a jazz educator, composer, arranger and friend of jazz at Luther, who passed away last year. The performance features intricate big band arrangements from a wide variety of styles and eras, while highlighting the individual voices of the band members through solos and improvisations.
The concert features performances by the Luther College Jazz Quartet, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Oneota Jazz Quartet. These small groups present a different perspective on the jazz tradition and exemplify the many aspects of jazz at Luther.
The Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band will collaborate on "Smack Dab in the Middle," a rhythm and blues standard written by Charles Calhoun, arranged by Darmon Meader, member of "New York Voices."
Jazz Band 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 performs at Luther events throughout the year as well its own formal concert each semester.
Luther's 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.
Luther College is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with seven choirs, three orchestras, three bands, four jazz groups and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 350 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.