Luther College's Jazz Band to perform on Nov. 8

Luther College's music department presents Luther's Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in Luther's Center for Faith and Life.

The Jazz Band, directed by Jon Ailabouni, Luther adjunct faculty of music, will perform works by John Clayton, Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones, Sammy Nestico, Charlie Parker and Billy Strayhorn.

The performance also includes one of the Luther jazz combos performing "Tight Knit," a piece written by Luther senior and tenor saxophonist, Peter Mathistad.

In addition to conducting the jazz band and the jazz combos at Luther, Ailabouni teaches improvisation, jazz theory and arranging, jazz history, studio improvisation and trumpet lessons. He also performs with the Luther College faculty brass quintet. Before teaching at Luther, Ailabouni taught at Western Michigan University and served as the co-director of the Western Invitational Jazz Festival. Ailabouni has toured internationally in France, Puerto Rico and Brazil and performed domestically at the Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago, the Detroit International Jazz Festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with five 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.