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New CD: Impressions
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra CD Impressions
The new CD “IMPRESSIONS” features seven compositions by Aardvark music director Mark Harvey that Francois Couture has called “highly enjoyable . . . with convincing writing and strong performances.” (Monsieur Delire/Canada).  The music conjures up a variety of moods, emotions, and tone colors, as well as inspirations from socio-cultural events in Boston’s history, such as the struggle for desegregation of the public schools, the urban renewal fiasco of the old West End neighborhood, and the tragedy of Sacco and Vanzetti.  This exploratory music ranges from the lyrical to the Dada-esque, from the meditative to the monumental. 

Reviews of the recording are enthusiastic:

“Exceptional music”  Ken Cheetham, Jazz Views

“Strange, brooding harmonic language…beautiful playing throughout” Jon Garelick, The Artery/WBUR Radio

“It’s great music. Aardvark have an eloquence in their improvisation written inside the art of orchestration.  A pity Duke and The Count can’t hear where their great art form has gotten to.”  Steve Davis/What’s New Jazz Magazine, UK
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Sat. Dec. 12: 43rd Annual Christmas Concert PDF Print E-mail
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston, MA
Admission:  $20
Information:  617-452-3205 or 617-776-8778
Proceeds to benefit Community Works
Aardvark joins the international celebration of Duke Ellington with a special performance marking the 50th anniversary of Duke Ellington’s historic Sacred Concerts.  Music from the Ellington Sacred Concert inaugural 1965 performances, including Come Sunday and Tell Me It’s the Truth, along with rarities like A Song for Christmas by Billy Strayhorn and the Duke’s portrait of the Three Wise Men in a movement from his Three Black Kings suite.  Also:  Ellington’s Almighty God Has Those Angels, The Shepherd Who Watches Over the Night Flock, and It’s Freedom, all from the Second Sacred Concert.  
Proceeds of the December 12 concert will benefit Community Works,  a coalition of Boston-area service organizations working for education, health care, housing, and social justice for communities in need.  Join us for an evening of magnificent music and help us support a worthy cause.
Related event:  December 6, 2015 at 12 noon:  Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music: Illustrated Lecture by Mark Harvey, Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, Free Admission.
Dec. 5: "Duke Ellington Blues" Concert, Newton, MA PDF Print E-mail

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra performs Duke Ellington Blues
Highland Jazz Series
Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Road, Newton Centre, MA

Advance $18, ($17 for seniors); Students $10, At the door: $20

Information and reservations:  781-237-1917  or

Duke Ellington Blues, an exuberant tour across many decades, including C Jam Blues, Such Sweet Thunder, Portrait of Mahalia, Blue Pepper (from The Far East Suite), and The Shepherd (a powerful blues from the Second Sacred Concert).

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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