Luther College Jazz Band concert Nov. 7

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The Luther College Jazz Band is performing a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.

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

Directed by Jon Ailabouni, adjunct faculty in music, the Luther College Jazz Band is a 20-member group that performs throughout the academic year, including during Family Weekend, Homecoming Jazz Night at Marty's and a formal concert each semester. The ensemble introduces students to the jazz tradition of big swing bands in addition to contemporary genres and new compositions.

The concert program features various styles of music from swing to funk to mambo and will include works from Stan Kenton, Oliver Nelson, Thad Jones and Neal Hefti.

The Luther jazz combo Midnight Institute will perform "Lester Leaps In" by Lester Young. The quartet includes students Ben Ostrem and Peter Mathistad, tenor saxophone; Andrew Moore, guitar, Caleb Bendull, bass; and Josh Van Sant, drums.

Ailabouni is a 2010 graduate of Luther and received a Master of Music from Western Michigan University. He has toured internationally in France, Puerto Rico and Brazil, in addition to performing in several domestic festivals and conferences. Besides conducting the Jazz Band, he directs the Luther jazz combo program and teaches improvisation, jazz theory and arranging, jazz history and student improvisation, and trumpet lessons.

Luther is home to one of the largest undergraduate music programs in the nation with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and nearly 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.