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11th CD Released: "EVOCATIONS"
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra EVOCATIONS CD
Already garnering enthusiastic reviews, EVOCATIONS, on Leo Records, one of the world's leading adventurous music labels, showcases the original compositions of music director Mark Harvey.   
 
These pieces display a masterful blend of jazz traditions and 20th-century music while allowing for much individual, collective, and conductor's improvisation. 
 
"a modern and absolutely unique sound"  
Jazz Podium    
(Germany) 
 
"filled with never-ending movement, change, turbulence, playfulness, contradictions...that not only works but also provokes and surprises" 
UNI Magazine
(Czech Republic)
 
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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra celebrates 45 years

45th Annual Christmas Concert – Joyful jazz carols and music by Mark Harvey 

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra with Vocalists Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes
 
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra celebrates its 45th Annual Christmas concert with favorite carols like Silent Night and Go Tell It on the Mountain, plus original compositions by Aardvark music director Mark Harvey. Highlights include works that received their premieres at prior Christmas concerts:  The Prophet (December 1997), inspired by Boston’s legendary social activist Kip Tiernan (1926-2011); Blue Butterfly (December 2009) for beloved storyteller Brother Blue; and No Walls, Aardvark’s anthem of hope and inclusivity, first performed in December 2004 as a tribute to Doctors Without Borders. 
 
Proceeds of the December 9 concert will benefit Poor People’s United Fund, an organization fighting poverty and homelessness through education, advocacy, support to grassroots service organizations, and emergency assistance to families and individuals.
 
Led by founder/music director Mark Harvey, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra gave its first concert December 23, 1973 at the Church of the Covenant in Boston as a benefit for the Chelsea Fire Fund.  Every year since then, the band has held a Christmas concert to support a deserving cause.  Esteemed guest artists who have joined the Aardvark Christmas concerts include Sheila Jordan, Howard McGhee, Semenya McCord, Joe Carroll, Ron Gill, Jack Powers, Kip Tiernan, and Brother Blue.  
 
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Admission:  $20 at the door.  
Information:  617-776-8778  or  617-452-3205
 

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: Aardvark at MIT
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra continued its 45th season with wide-ranging originals by music director Mark Harvey, including the premiere of his latest piece Nowheresville, and an updated version of his rollicking Swamp-a-Rama Suite, including the Trumputin Tango, Fake News Blewz, and Perseverance Pavanne.  The show concluded with Mark Harvey’s No Walls, Aardvark's anthem of inclusivity and hope. A standing-room-only audience was on hand with an enthusiastic response. 
 
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm
Killian Hall, MIT, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA  

 
Recent: The Worlds of Jazz
The Worlds of Jazz:  Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Mark Harvey and More!

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra led by founder/director Mark Harvey, kicked off its 45th season with The Worlds of Jazz — hits by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis, plus exhilarating originals by Mark Harvey.
 
Attendees enjoyed a captivating mix of classics like Satin Doll, Everyday I Have the Blues, Roll ‘Em, Manteca, and All Blues
 
Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts
114 Main Street, Plymouth, New Hampshire 03264
  
 
Recent: Aardvark Jazztet in NH
The Aardvark Jazztet, featuring members of the legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra performed two concerts this summer in NH. The Jazztet features: 

  • 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
 
Attendees enjoyed music by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and other jazz greats. They also enjoyed 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 took 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
 
Cornish, NH: 
Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm
St Gaudens National Historic Site
139 St Gaudens Rd, Cornish, NH 03745

 
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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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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