Fall 2019 Jazz Worship Services

September 15 and October 27

Jon Ailabouni, congregation member, adjunct professor of music and director of Luther College’s Jazz Band, will lead jazz worship services on Sunday, September 15, and October 27, both at 9:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah, Iowa. He will be joined by Luther student musicians: senior Jackson Churchill (trombone), juniors Zach Mayer (bass) and Tom Perkins (drum set), and sophomore Robert Dean (piano).

These services use Ailabouni’s arrangements of familiar liturgy and hymns set in various jazz styles. He adds, “Jazz music has a long history of being explicitly tied to worship and spirituality. When we bring jazz into worship, we engage as a faith community with an American musical tradition which expresses hope in the face of adversity, freedom within structure, and sophistication with soulfulness. I look forward to experiencing the intersection of this music with our faith lives together in worship.”