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Jazz Orchestra Concert

  • Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021
  • Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Location: Live Stream event

The Luther College Jazz Orchestra will present a concert on Sunday, February 28 at 4:00 p.m. The diverse program includes styles from swing to funk, with compositions such as "Just Friends" by John Klenner arranged by Rob McConnell, "Fables of Faubus" by Charles Mingus, "Upper Manhattan Medical Group" by Billy Strayhorn, "Armando's Big Band" by Allen Wittig, and "Honk" by Jeff Jarvis. The concert features several soloists from different sections of the band. This event will be livestreamed and can be viewed at


Whether they’re swinging to the tunes of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, making a Brazilian samba come alive, or simply laying down a heavy funk groove, the musicians of the “Superband” (as director Dr. Juan Tony Guzmán calls the ensemble) are guaranteed to make any space alive with musical energy.

The Jazz Orchestra travels annually and tours abroad every four years—most recently in May 2016 to Brazil for a three-week, 13 performance immersion in the musical cultures of Rio de Janeiro and the northeastern states of Paraíba, Pernambuco, and Rio Grande do Norte. Jazz Orchestra was scheduled to travel to return to Brazil in 2020.  Due to the global health pandemic caused by the coronavirus, that tour was canceled.

In addition to regular performances on the Luther College campus, the Jazz Orchestra has been featured at the Iowa Jazz Championships and Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference. Guest artists and clinicians on campus in recent years include Danilo Pérez, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Luciana Souza, Kenny Barron, David Sanchez, and Kurt Elling. The Luther College Center Stage Series and Music Department regularly include professional jazz artists on their performance calendars.

Students of jazz at Luther have the opportunity to participate in two jazz bands, a vocal jazz ensemble, and jazz combos, register for studio lessons in improvisation, and take courses in jazz improvisation, composition, arranging, and history. Auditions for Jazz Orchestra are held annually at the beginning of the academic year.

Questions? Contact Tony Guzman, 563-387-1354