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 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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Aardvark Jazz 40th Anniversary Evocations CD Release Concert at Scullers

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 8:00 pm   
Scullers Jazz Club  
Doubletree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA

Aardvark  kicked off its historic 40th Season in grand style to a full house at Scullers...  

 

 

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra turns 40

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, one of the longest running large jazz ensembles in North America, opened its 40th season at Scullers on October 3rd with an exhilarating show spanning the Aardvark spectrum, from originals by director Mark Harvey to music from the Basie, Ellington, and Woody Herman bands.  

The show celebrated the release of Aardvark's 11th CD, Evocations, on Leo Records (UK), one of the world's leading adventurous music labels.  Selections from the new disc (“spirited composition and inspired playing” - Jazz Alchemist, Poland) included Mark Harvey's Rascals and Scoundrels.  

Aardvark vocalists Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes were spotlighted in Basie's Every Day I Have the Blues and Ellington’s Tell Me It's the Truth.

Also on tap:  Harvey's Cantata Tubulidentata (The Song of the Aardvarks, honoring the band's 40-year mark) and the lush Early Autumn by Newton native Ralph Burns, a late-1940s hit for Woody Herman.

Other highlights of the 2012-2103 season include Aardvark’s 40th Annual Christmas Concert at Emmanuel Church Boston on December 15, and the world premiere of Harvey’'s Boston JazzScape (10 years in the making) at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts on March 8.

Visit this website often for additional details. 

 
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