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CD: Impressions
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra CD Impressions
The new CD “IMPRESSIONS” features seven compositions by Aardvark music director Mark Harvey that Francois Couture has called “highly enjoyable . . . with convincing writing and strong performances.” (Monsieur Delire/Canada).  The music conjures up a variety of moods, emotions, and tone colors, as well as inspirations from socio-cultural events in Boston’s history, such as the struggle for desegregation of the public schools, the urban renewal fiasco of the old West End neighborhood, and the tragedy of Sacco and Vanzetti.  This exploratory music ranges from the lyrical to the Dada-esque, from the meditative to the monumental.  

Reviews of the recording are enthusiastic:

“Exceptional music”  Ken Cheetham, Jazz Views

“Strange, brooding harmonic language…beautiful playing throughout” Jon Garelick, The Artery/WBUR Radio

“It’s great music. Aardvark have an eloquence in their improvisation written inside the art of orchestration.  A pity Duke and The Count can’t hear where their great art form has gotten to.”  Steve Davis/What’s New Jazz Magazine, UK
 
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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra celebrates 45 years
DECEMBER: Boston, MA
45th Annual Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston, MA
Admission:  $20
Information:  617-452-3205 or 617-776-8778

2018

APRIL: Cambridge, MA
New Music for Jazz Orchestra
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm
MIT, Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, MA
Free Admission
Information:  617-452-3205
 
Recent: Aardvark at MIT
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra continued its 45th season with wide-ranging originals by music director Mark Harvey, including the premiere of his latest piece Nowheresville, and an updated version of his rollicking Swamp-a-Rama Suite, including the Trumputin Tango, Fake News Blewz, and Perseverance Pavanne.  The show concluded with Mark Harvey’s No Walls, Aardvark's anthem of inclusivity and hope. A standing-room-only audience was on hand with an enthusiastic response. 
 
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm
Killian Hall, MIT, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA  

 
Recent: The Worlds of Jazz
The Worlds of Jazz:  Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Mark Harvey and More!

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra led by founder/director Mark Harvey, kicked off its 45th season with The Worlds of Jazz — hits by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis, plus exhilarating originals by Mark Harvey.
 
Attendees enjoyed a captivating mix of classics like Satin Doll, Everyday I Have the Blues, Roll ‘Em, Manteca, and All Blues
 
Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts
114 Main Street, Plymouth, New Hampshire 03264
  
 
Recent: Aardvark Jazztet in NH
The Aardvark Jazztet, featuring members of the legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra performed two concerts this summer in NH. The Jazztet features: 

  • Mark Harvey, trumpet and music director 
  • Arni Cheatham, saxophones
  • Peter H. Bloom, flutes and saxophones
  • John Funkhouser, piano;
  • Jesse Williams, string bass; 
  • Harry Wellott, drums
 
Attendees enjoyed music by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and other jazz greats. They also enjoyed Mark Harvey’s Claremont Suite (written for the city’s 250th anniversary in 2014) and also the premiere of Mark Harvey’s SGS (Saint Gaudens Studio), commissioned for the occasion. 
 
Concerts took place at two locations:
 
Claremont, NH:
Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 6:30 pm
West Claremont Center for the Arts
133 Old Church Rd, Claremont NH
 
Cornish, NH: 
Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm
St Gaudens National Historic Site
139 St Gaudens Rd, Cornish, NH 03745

 
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