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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 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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