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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 World Premiere Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Remis Auditorium
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Aardvark marked the high point of its historic 40th season with the world premiere of Mark Harvey's epic new work, Boston JazzScape. The audience enjoyed an exuberant display of Aardvark's "awe-inspiring audience fascination" (Downbeat) as the band delivered Harvey's exhilarating 21st century salute to Boston. This extended suite, composed over 10 years, showed off Harvey's prodigious skill in styles ranging from jazz, swing, blues, and rock to multi-stylistic mashups. The piece tells a fascinating story of Boston, from the Great Fire of 1872 to Sacco & Vanzetti to the infamous urban renewal of the West End (a precursor to the Big Dig), from Boston-born jazz maven Nat Hentoff to social crusader Kip Tiernan, from the back story of the Charlie Card to Mayor Kevin White's Summerthing.
 
 
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