Luther College Jazz Band. (Submitted photo)
Luther College Jazz Band. (Submitted photo)
Enjoy a night of jazz with Luther College’s Jazz Band at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on Luther’s campus.

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

The Jazz Band will be perform “All of Me” and “Come Fly With Me”- classic arrangements from the swing era, as well as music performed by the Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestras. They will also present more contemporary arrangements of swing tunes, Latin jazz, and funk music. 

The Luther College Vocal Jazz ensemble, directed by Luther senior Derek Sturtevant, will perform two selections on the program.
In addition to the numerous soloists featured from within the ranks of the Jazz Band, student vocalists Christie Owens and Ryan Castelaz are will solo with the band.

Bill Ebert, Minnesota-based jazz guitarist and educator, will be featured with the band.  Often called a master teacher of jazz and blues guitar, Ebert excites students with his trademark sound of rhythm accompaniment blended with sweet melodic lines. His style of music has been emulated by thousands of his students to whom he has enthusiastically passed on the joy of music. 

The 20-member Luther College Jazz Band is directed by Jon Ailabouni, Luther adjunct faculty in music, and performs regularly throughout the year including in Family Weekend events, the Homecoming Jazz Night at Marty’s, and its own formal concert each semester. The ensemble 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.