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Newest CD: Passages
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra CD, Passages (2016) Leo Records

Released April 2016

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 

Holiday Music from the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra
No Walls/A Christmas Concert

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra CD No Walls / A Christmas Concert (2007, Aardmuse)Celebrating the release of its 9th CD, No Walls/A Christmas Concert (Aardmuse label), the CD features carols from around the world and Mark Harvey’s piece No Walls, a tribute to Doctors Without Borders. The CD is available now! Order yours! 

Duke Ellington / Sacred Music (2002)
 CD features Ducal rarities - A Song for Christmas and Three Black Kings [first movement] - plus selections from the Sacred Concert repertory including Heaven, The Shepherd, Freedom, and David Danced with vocal soloists, tap dancer, and eighty voice choir [combined MIT Concert Choir and the Choir of Men and Boys from All Saints Parish, Ashmont, in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood]. As recorded by WGBH at the Ellington Centennial concert at MIT in 1999.
BethlehemCOUNTERPOINT (2002)
BethlehemCOUNTERPOINT (2002)CD features jazz legend Sheila Jordan whom the Music Hound Jazz Guide called "one of the most daring and distinctive vocalists in jazz" in the world; premier performance of Mark Harvey's Christmas Cantata, (written for and inspired by Kip Tiernan, Boston social activist and founder of Rosie's Place); other offerings include a soulful Gospel/blues rendition of Silent Night, a polyrhythmic Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella; and the Afro-Jazz smoker, Benedictus, from Harvey's jazz mass. Click image at right for a full-size view of CD art.
An Aardvark Christmas (1997)

This recording contains carols from around the world in a wide variety of styles.Here is a sample of the response to this recording:

"The sound is a modern blend of jazz, classical, and multi- cultural folk music. . . Appalachian and African-American carols, a delightful calypso, and a New Orleans second-line styled version of "Jingle Bells". . . . if you've got big ears, you'll hear a lot of joy in this fine work."


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