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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 

 
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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra 40th Christmas Concert
Aardvark gave its historic 40th Annual Christmas Concert featuring Music in the Spirit of the Season, a varied program featuring music from the band's four decades of holiday music-making. A large and enthusiastic crowd was on hand for the historic night. Included in the concert were  jazz updates of favorite carols such as Silent Night, Mark Harvey's arrangements of Cristo Redentor and Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (performed on the very first Christmas concert), plus two new Harvey originals Fanfare for 40and Children's Carol, as well as  Sugar Rum Cherry from the Ellington-Strayhorn Nutcracker Suite.  
  
In addition to our regular vocalists Grace Hughes and Jerry Edwards, Donna Hewitt-Didham, a long-time Aardvark soloist, made a special guest appearance on the 2012 program. As always, the concert benefits worthy organizations, and this season's beneficiaries were Community Works and the Emmanuel Church.
 
The concert was held Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston, MA. 
 
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