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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.
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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.

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