CD Spotlight

Aardvark Steps Out (1993)

Listen to 5 selections from Aardvark's debut CD, Aardvark Steps Out, recognized as a great sampler of the band's range, "from screech to swing" as the Boston Phoenix said. 

Selected excerpts (click on a link to download MP3):

  1. Echoes
  2. Scamology   
  3. For Edward    (full track)
  4. Blue Sequence  
  5. Freedom Song

Here is a sampling of response to this CD:

"Aardvark Steps Out, footprints a rumble with jurassic import and power. The uncontrollable aspects of a juggernaut unleashed provide much of the Aardvark's awe-inspiring audience fascination."  Downbeat

". . . relentless dedication to a cutting-edge approach . . . with exciting exploratory solos."  Boston Globe

"Aardvark Steps Out is a bracing walk on the wild side of the big band spectrum. . . Aardvark suggests the best and brashest of Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, George Russell, and even Frank Zappa. . . In all, a refreshing breath of spirited yet structured rebellion from the tried and true. On, Aardvark!"  Jazz Times

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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
 
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
 
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