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Trumpet Madness (2005)

Trumpet Madness, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Trumpet Madness features several wonderful trumpeters, as well as the entire Aardvark Orchestra in both solo and collective improvisational roles. Among the trumpeters are music director Mark Harvey, soloing on Taylor Ho Bynum's Concerto for Orchestra and Improviser, Berlin-based trumpeter Rajesh Mehta, featured on Harvey's Spirals which was written especially for Mehta and his percussion collaborator Paul Lovens, and trumpeters Harvey, Ho Bynum, Mehta, Greg Kelley, and Jeanne Snodgrass on the title tune Trumpet Madness, an improvisational tour de force. K.C. Dunbar, Jimmy Leach, and Eric Dahlman round out our trumpetistic panorama as they are heard to advantage on several other tracks on the recording.

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The Boston Creative Jazz Scene, Then and Now: A Jazz Week Special Event PDF Print E-mail
Mark Harvey The Boston Creative Jazz Scene, Then and Now: A Jazz Week Special Event
May 1, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
The Boston Creative Jazz Scene, Then and Now: A Jazz Week Special Event
Celebrating the Compilation CD + Book "The Boston Creative Jazz Scene 1970 - 1983"
Piano Craft Gallery
793 Tremont St, Boston MA 02118
Mark Harvey’s essay on the history of the 1970s avant-garde jazz scene  in Boston is part of a new compilation recording, The Boston Creative Jazz Scene 1970—1983 (Cultures of Soul, 2016) featuring Harvey’s quartet of the period among others.   Cultures of Soul will celebrate  the recently released CD boxed set on May 1, at 7:00 pm at the Piano Craft Factory, 793 Tremont St, Boston. The event will feature live music by performers on the CD--Peter Bloom, Arni Cheatham, Leonard Brown, and Mark Harvey--as well as others mentioned in the essay, and later generations of stellar Boston improvisers including John Funkhouser and Harry Wellott.  Harvey and colleagues will share recollections of the 1970s scene, comparisons with the contemporary situation, and open discussion with audience members.  
The Piano Craft Gallery is located in Boston's South End, a neighborhood important for a wide spectrum of  jazz musicians over many decades.   Donations are welcome to support the ongoing work of the Gallery.  This event is a part of Jazz Week and Art Week.  
More on the 43rd Concert Season PDF Print E-mail

Join Aardvark Jazz Orchestra for our 43rd season concerts. Get information about upcoming concerts now and plan to attend this fall, winter and in spring 2016!  

Mark Harvey named 2015 Boston "Jazz Hero" PDF Print E-mail
Aardvark founder and musical director Mark Harvey has been named by The Jazz Journalists Association as Boston’s 2015 Jazz Hero.  The Jazz Heroes awards are made annually to recognize jazz leaders, activists and advocates across the United States.  Trumpeter-composer-band leader Mark Harvey has led important jazz initiatives in the greater Boston area and New England for more than four decades; has performed internationally and has recorded with many jazz luminaries; has received numerous awards and commissions; has been widely acclaimed by the international jazz media; teaches jazz studies and composition at MIT; and is a board member of Jazz Boston.    
JazzBoston will present this JJA Award to Mark Harvey on Sunday, May 3, in an event at the legendary Wally's Jazz Club, 427 Mass Ave, Boston, from 3 - 5 PM.  Music by the John Funkhouser Trio and musicians are invited to sit in. This will be one of the closing events of Jazz Week, April 24 - May 3.  for information on Jazz  Week. 
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