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Order your "Passages" CD
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra CD, Passages (2016) Leo Records

Passages (Leo Records) 

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra continued its 43rd season on MIT’s mainstage, Kresge Auditorium, with a concert showcasing the North American release of the band’s 14th CD, Passages (Leo Records), featuring compositions by Aardvark music director Mark Harvey.  The CD has already garnered rave reviews in Europe:

Fresh….unconventional….Aardvark Jazz Orchestra proves once more its reputation as one of the best jazz ensembles in the world.  - Jazz Podium, Germany

Highly imaginative and varied music which is marvelously suggestive of its themes….The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra play beautifully all the way through the album.  It speaks an extraordinary dialectic, harmonious though bizarrely ruminating.  Exceptional music indeed.  - Jazz Views (UK)

In the April 2016 show, Aardvark performed the centerpiece of the new CD, Commemoration (Boston 2013), a tribute to the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy.  In addition, Harvey presented Dreaming (2014) and No Walls (2004), and premieres of his latest works Fluctuations and By the Way.

Order your CD today: Send a check for $15, (s & h  included), made payable to Aardvark, c/o Mark Harvey, PO  Box 8721, JFK Station, Boston, MA 02114 

 
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July: Aardvark Jazztet in NH
Traveling to New Hampshire this summer? See the Aardvark Jazztet, featuring members of the legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: 

  • Mark Harvey, trumpet and music director 
  • Arni Cheatham, saxophones
  • Peter H. Bloom, flutes and saxophones
  • John Funkhouser, piano;
  • Jesse Williams, string bass; 
  • Harry Wellott, drums
 
Join us for music by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and other jazz greats. Hear Mark Harvey’s Claremont Suite (written for the city’s 250th anniversary in 2014) and also the premiere of Mark Harvey’s SGS (Saint Gaudens Studio), commissioned for the occasion. 
 
Concerts will take place at two locations:
 
Claremont, NH:
Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 6:30 pm
West Claremont Center for the Arts
133 Old Church Rd, Claremont NH
Free admission (donations welcome). Information:   802.738.0022
 
Cornish, NH: 
Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm
St Gaudens National Historic Site
139 St Gaudens Rd, Cornish, NH 03745
Concert included with admission to the site
Information:  802.738.0022 or (603) 675-2175
 
45th Season Preview
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra celebrates 45 years
Here's a preview of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's 45th season. Mark your calendars today!
 
SEPTEMBER: Plymouth, NH
The Worlds of Jazz:  Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Mark Harvey and More!
Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts
114 Main Street, Plymouth, New Hampshire 03264

OCTOBER: Cambridge, MA
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm
Killian Hall, MIT, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
Free Admission
Information:  617-452-3205

DECEMBER: Boston, MA
45th Annual Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston, MA
Admission:  $20
Information:  617-452-3205 or 617-776-8778

2018

APRIL: Cambridge, MA
New Music for Jazz Orchestra
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm
MIT, Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, MA
Free Admission
Information:  617-452-3205
 
Recent: New Music for Jazz Orchestra at MIT
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra at MIT
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - Democratic Vistas?
Ellington Extrapolations & “Social Significance” Works by Mark Harvey
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm 
MIT Kresge Auditorium
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
 
MIT Music and Theater Arts presented Mark Harvey and his Aardvark Jazz Orchestra at Kresge Auditorium, Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 pm, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. 
 
The concert, called Democratic Vistas?,  celebrated Duke Ellington’s birthday (April 29, 1899) by honoring his tradition of “social significance” compositions.   Works by Harvey in this vein included Boston Boy (for the late Nat Hentoff), the premiere of Main Man for noted impresario Fred Taylor, and first performances of contemporary tone-parallels -- Fake News Blewz, Swamp-a-rama, and Waltz of the Oligarchs.  
 
In addition, the band performed the premiere of Harvey’s piece Studio Four in honor of the late Steve Schwartz, beloved radio host of WGBH Jazz from Studio Four.  Also on the program: a reading from Walt Whitman’s Democratic Vistas, and a performance of Harvey’s No Walls, an anthem of hope and inclusivity. The April 29 event was part of Jazz Boston’s Jazz Week, with this year’s theme of Thank You Fred Taylor.  
 
Event photos courtesy of JazzBoston :
The concert celebrated Duke Elllngton's birthday (April 29, 1899) with four of the Duke's compositions. Longtime Aardvark vocalist Grace Hughes sings the first, "Tell Me It's the Truth."
Hughes delivers an exceptionally beautiful rendition of Ellington's "Come Sunday."
 
Jerry Edwards, whose extraordinary voice range, sense of humor, and scatting genius have made him an Aardvark favorite, sings "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good."
Mark Sumner Harvey receives a lengthy standing ovation and a bouquet.
Two crazy Aardvark fans, Dotty Guild and Connie Bigony, release some pent-up energy.
 
 
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Order your "Passages" CD
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra CD, Passages (2016) Leo Records

Passages (Leo Records) 

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra continued its 43rd season on MIT’s mainstage, Kresge Auditorium, with a concert showcasing the North American release of the band’s 14th CD, Passages (Leo Records), featuring compositions by Aardvark music director Mark Harvey.  The CD has already garnered rave reviews in Europe:

Fresh….unconventional….Aardvark Jazz Orchestra proves once more its reputation as one of the best jazz ensembles in the world.  - Jazz Podium, Germany

Highly imaginative and varied music which is marvelously suggestive of its themes….The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra play beautifully all the way through the album.  It speaks an extraordinary dialectic, harmonious though bizarrely ruminating.  Exceptional music indeed.  - Jazz Views (UK)

In the April 2016 show, Aardvark performed the centerpiece of the new CD, Commemoration (Boston 2013), a tribute to the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy.  In addition, Harvey presented Dreaming (2014) and No Walls (2004), and premieres of his latest works Fluctuations and By the Way.

Order your CD today: Send a check for $15, (s & h  included), made payable to Aardvark, c/o Mark Harvey, PO  Box 8721, JFK Station, Boston, MA 02114 

 
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