As part of their five-stop April tour, the Luther College Jazz Orchestra will perform at
, North Campus, 2900 Broadway
N, at Saturday, April 20. Hope Lutheran
The performance by the 20-member Jazz Orchestra is open to the public. A freewill donation will be accepted.
Under the direction of Juan Tony Guzman, associate professor of music and education at Luther, the Jazz Orchestra has come to be recognized as one of the outstanding liberal arts college jazz ensembles in the
Guzman, a native of the Dominican Republic and a 1990 Luther graduate, has led the ensemble through the many genres of jazz for more than 17 years in addition to maintaining an active career as an arranger and band, orchestral and choral conductor across the world.
The 2013 Jazz Orchestra tour concerts will include classic standards by Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Astor Piazzolla, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker in addition to more recent compositions by Gordon Goodwin, Rick Lawn, and Luther's own composer-in-residence, Brooke Joyce. Traditional Brazilian dance music arranged for the ensemble will also be featured to round out a diverse program of Latin, swing and fusion styles.
The Jazz Orchestra is one of the four main touring ensembles of
with an annual tour schedule including international travel every four years.
Recent performances include the Festival No Improviso, in Luther College , the Iowa Jazz
Championships, and the Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference. The Jazz
Orchestra has recorded two albums, "Transformations:
Celebrating Jazz at Luther" and "On the Move," with a third album to be
released later this year. Curitiba,