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Trumpet Madness (2005)

Trumpet Madness, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Trumpet Madness features several wonderful trumpeters, as well as the entire Aardvark Orchestra in both solo and collective improvisational roles. Among the trumpeters are music director Mark Harvey, soloing on Taylor Ho Bynum's Concerto for Orchestra and Improviser, Berlin-based trumpeter Rajesh Mehta, featured on Harvey's Spirals which was written especially for Mehta and his percussion collaborator Paul Lovens, and trumpeters Harvey, Ho Bynum, Mehta, Greg Kelley, and Jeanne Snodgrass on the title tune Trumpet Madness, an improvisational tour de force. K.C. Dunbar, Jimmy Leach, and Eric Dahlman round out our trumpetistic panorama as they are heard to advantage on several other tracks on the recording.

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Sat. Dec. 12: 43rd Annual Christmas Concert PDF Print E-mail
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston, MA
Admission:  $20
Information:  617-452-3205 or 617-776-8778
Proceeds to benefit Community Works
Aardvark joins the international celebration of Duke Ellington with a special performance marking the 50th anniversary of Duke Ellington’s historic Sacred Concerts.  Music from the Ellington Sacred Concert inaugural 1965 performances, including Come Sunday and Tell Me It’s the Truth, along with rarities like A Song for Christmas by Billy Strayhorn and the Duke’s portrait of the Three Wise Men in a movement from his Three Black Kings suite.  Also:  Ellington’s Almighty God Has Those Angels, The Shepherd Who Watches Over the Night Flock, and It’s Freedom, all from the Second Sacred Concert.  
Proceeds of the December 12 concert will benefit Community Works,  a coalition of Boston-area service organizations working for education, health care, housing, and social justice for communities in need.  Join us for an evening of magnificent music and help us support a worthy cause.
Related event:  December 6, 2015 at 12 noon:  Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music: Illustrated Lecture by Mark Harvey, Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, Free Admission.
Dec. 5: "Duke Ellington Blues" Concert, Newton, MA PDF Print E-mail

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra performs Duke Ellington Blues
Highland Jazz Series
Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Road, Newton Centre, MA

Advance $18, ($17 for seniors); Students $10, At the door: $20

Information and reservations:  781-237-1917  or

Duke Ellington Blues, an exuberant tour across many decades, including C Jam Blues, Such Sweet Thunder, Portrait of Mahalia, Blue Pepper (from The Far East Suite), and The Shepherd (a powerful blues from the Second Sacred Concert).

Recent: "Eclectic Explorations" Concert, MIT PDF Print E-mail
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra:  Eclectic Explorations
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Killian Hall, MIT, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 
Aardvark opened the performance with a beautifully improvised elegy for the people of Paris and the world. AJO performed an array of Mark Harvey originals from the lively blues Merry Go Round to the multi-stylistic No Walls to the premiere of Tritonology. Attendees enjoyed wide-ranging sounds and styles of progressive jazz with a special presentation of FiLmprov Cha Cha Cha!, animated film by Kate Matson with improvised soundtrack.  The concert was presented in conjunction with MIT's class, 21M.342, Composing for Jazz Orchestra.
Recent: 43rd Season Opener at Scullers PDF Print E-mail
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: 43rd Season Opener – Boston! 
With Vocalists Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes
Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 8:00 pm
Scullers Jazz Club
Doubletree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra kicked off its Boston season on October 8 at Boston’s premiere jazz venue with Jazz Americana. The band celebrated the Boston release of the CD Deep River, showcasing Aardvark in a stellar work by guitarist and composer Richard Nelson. Also on tap: Aardvark remembered Hurricane Katrina during this 10th anniversary year, with NOLA by Aardvark director Mark Harvey and Duke Ellington's raucous Second Line from his New Orleans Suite, and the band performed Billy Strayhorn’s classic Chelsea Bridge, marking the centennial of this great American composer.

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