Luther College Jazz Band and Jazz Orchestra will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in Marty's in the Dahl Centennial Union on Luther's campus.
The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Luther's 20-person Jazz Band is dedicated to featuring improvisation by student soloists and presenting swinging arrangements from the 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's that will have audiences heading for the dance floor. The Jazz Band will perform selections by Jerome Kern, Mercer Ellington, Sammy Nestico, Benny Golson, Dizzy Gillespie and Thad Jones.
The Jazz Combo, featuring six of Luther's finest improvisers, will perform music written by Charles Mingus and Wayne Shorter.
The Jazz Band and Jazz Combo are under the direction of Jon Ailabouni, Luther adjunct faculty in music.
Ailabouni holds a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Luther and a master's degree from Western Michigan University. He has toured internationally in France, Puerto Rico and Brazil, and has performed domestically across the U.S. Ailabouni performs with Luther's faculty brass quintet.
The Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Juan Tony Guzmán, Luther professor of music, will draw from their cache of jazz favorites, potentially including the likes of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, among others.
Guzmán holds a bachelor's degree from Luther, a certificate in pedagogy of music theory, a master's and doctoral degrees from Florida State University as well as a degree in electromechanical engineering from the Universidad Catóa Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He frequently serves as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator at music events nationwide.
The event is sponsored by Luther's Student Activities Council Homecoming Committee.
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, church music and performance.