CD Spotlight

Aardvark Steps Out (1993)

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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44th Annual Christmas Concert
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 PM - 9 PM

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will hold its 44th Annual Christmas Concert as a benefit for the Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM), an organization of multiple faiths and cultures that provides community-based support to individuals and families who have been uprooted by violence.  
  
The concert will feature Mark Harvey’s piece No Walls, an anthem of inclusivity, healing and joy, together with jazz carols and selections from the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite – an exuberant big band take on the perennial classic.
 
Tickets:  $20 at the door. Information:  617-776-8778 or 617-452-3205.  “Exhilarating…ebullient…Aardvark and Ellington are an ideal couple.”  (Allaboutjazz.com)  To read about RIM, please visit:  http://r-i-m.net/
 
Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston
15 Newbury St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116 
 

 
From JazzBoston: No Walls--a post-election message for America

My colleagues at JazzBoston, a non-profit support and advocacy group for jazz, have created a post-election message of hope and inclusivity anchored by my composition "No Walls."  I'm honored that they would find this musical work to have significance for these troubled times. The message and music have been posted on YouTubeFacebook and Twitter with a call to friends and colleagues to share it. I hope you will all do the same. Let’s see if we can make the music’s message of inclusivity, unity, healing, hope and joy go viral. Please share!  -- Mark Harvey

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"No Walls” is an anthem of inclusivity, embracing diversity and celebrating our common humanity. Like all jazz, it transcends differences, promotes healing and unity, and brings hope and joy. It was composed by Mark Sumner Harvey, founder and director of Boston’s beloved Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, now in its 44th year. In addition to his roles as trumpeter and band leader, Harvey is a minister, educator, community builder, and musical champion of social justice. He traces his ancestry to the legendary Boston abolitionist, statesman, and U.S. Senator, Charles Sumner.  

 

"No Walls” is an anthem of inclusivity, embracing diversity and celebrating our common humanity. 
Like all jazz, it transcends differences, promotes healing and unity, and brings hope and joy. It was composed by 
Mark Sumner Harvey, founder and director of Boston’s beloved Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, now in its 44th year. 
In addition to his roles as trumpeter and band leader, Harvey is a minister, educator, community builder, 
and musical champion of social justice.  He traces his ancestry to the legendary 
Boston abolitionist, statesman, and U.S. Senator, Charles Sumner.

 

 
Recent: No Walls: Jazz, Politics & Ellingtonian Eloquence
Mark Harvey Aardvark founder and music director

No Walls: Jazz, Politics & Ellingtonian Eloquence 

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Selections from Ellington’s Afro-Eurasian Eclipse and Mark Harvey Originals
Killian Hall, MIT
160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA 02139
 


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Recent: 44th Season Opener Concert @ Scullers

Scullers Jazz Club recently moved into its plush new venue, now on the first floor of the Doubletree Suites, with glittering interior, excellent sight lines, and great sound - still presenting the very best in jazz. Aardvark's September 29 show at Scullers was among the first shows at the new venue.  

 
The concert included the world premiere of Mark Harvey’s Northeast Express, plus other Harvey originals and music by Duke Ellington 

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Scullers Jazz Club
Doubletree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA
 
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