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American Agonistes: Music in Time of War (2007)

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra CD American AgonistesAmerican Agonistes: Music in Time of War (Leo Records)
"Beautiful, poignant and raucous. . . This album drips with honesty,
intelligence, sound design, and art." Francois Couture,

"Truly impressive. . . a hit recording." Altrisuoni [Italy] 

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Concert: Sat. 12/20: An American Christmas PDF Print E-mail
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra:  An American Christmas
Emmanuel Church
15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Admission:  $20 at the door
Information:  617-776-8778  or  617-452-3205
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will perform An American Christmas, celebrating the band’s 42nd Annual Christmas Benefit Concert on December 20 at 7:30 pm, Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St, Boston MA 02116.  $20 at the door.  Information:  617 776 8778 or 617 452 3205.  The program will include music in the spirit of the season by William Billings and Mark Harvey; American carols and spirituals; and selections from the Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker Suite.  Proceeds 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.
The December 20 show will feature William Billings' Shepherd's Carol, two African American spirituals, and selections from the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn arrangement (1960) of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Suite – an exuberant big band take on the perennial classic, in which the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy becomes the Sugar Rum Cherry, the Waltz of the Flowers becomes the Dance of the Floreadores and the Russian Dance is transformed into The Volga Vouty.   The band will also perform selections from Mark Harvey’s Bethlehem Counterpoint, including The Prophet, inspired by Boston’s legendary social activist Kip Tiernan (1926-2011).  Tiernan was founder of Rosie’s Place and co-founder of Poor People’s United Fund (beneficiary of Aardvark’s 2014 Christmas concert).  The entire Bethlehem Counterpoint suite received its world premiere in Aardvark’s 25th Annual Christmas concert, (1997, when Sheila Jordan joined the band as guest artist).
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (Mark Harvey, founder and music director) gave its inaugural 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. Past beneficiaries have included Doctors Without Borders, American Friends Service Committee, Rosie’s Place, Pine Street Inn, and dozens more.  Over the past 40 years, guest artists at the Aardvark Christmas concert have included Sheila Jordan, Howard McGhee, Semenya McCord, Joe Carroll, Ron Gill, Jack Powers, Kip Tiernan, Brother Blue and many others. 

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