CD Spotlight

The Seeker (2000)

Contents include the powerful Afro-jazz grooves of title track “The Seeker” (written for the Fifteenth Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert), the evocative winds and piano of “Heartsong” (dedicated to Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Burmese democracy activist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi) and the multifaceted forty minute opus “Passages/Psalms IV” as given this past April in its premiere performance at MIT.

"This is imaginative, high energy music for the open ear, mind and heart."

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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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Sun. 10/26: Aardvark Celebrates Claremont NHs 250th PDF Print E-mail
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra
Claremont, New Hampshire 250th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Claremont Opera House
58 Opera House Square, Claremont, NH 03743
Information:  802-738-0022

Featuring world premiere of Mark Harvey’s Claremont Suite, commissioned for the occasion. The legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will be featured in the 250th Anniversary Celebration of the City of Claremont New Hampshire  on October 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm at the Claremont Opera House.  

Aardvark’s show, called Big Band Panorama: Swing Era Classics to Modern Gems, is a tribute to the long tradition of jazz in Claremont.  The city was a New Hampshire mainstay for touring bands in the Swing Era.  Pieces like Glenn Miller's Moonlight Serenade and Duke Ellington's I'm Beginning to See the Light will recall visits by those luminaries.  Aardvark will evoke the modern era with Dizzy Gillespie's rhythmically infectious Manteca and selections from the exhilarating Ellington-Strayhorn Far East Suite.  The grand finale will be the world premiere of Mark Harvey’s captivating Claremont Suite, a kaleidoscopic update of the jazz spectrum, commissioned by the City of Claremont especially for this occasion, to be performed by Aardvark and the Claremont Community Jazz Band.

 
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Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra:  42nd Season Opener and CD Release Party!  
Aardvark and fans celebrated the North American Release of Aardvark’s 12th CD, Impressions (Leo Records)
Scullers Jazz Club
Doubletree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA www.scullersjazz.com

Aardvark opened its 42nd season with a show celebrating the North American release of the band’s 12th CD, Impressions (Leo Records), featuring compositions by Aardvark music director Mark Harvey.  The band performed selections from the new CD (The Journey, recalling struggles for school desegregation, and West End Rundown), plus a rare Django Reinhardt composition Manoir de mes Reves, arranged by Bob Brookmeyer, as well as Gerry Mulligan's seldom heard A Ballad.  Rounding out the show was Dizzy Gillespie's Manteca, and the Mary Lou Williams classic Roll 'Em
 
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Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra:  42nd Season Opener and CD Release Party!  
Celebrating the North American Release of Aardvark’s 12th CD, Impressions (Leo Records)
Scullers Jazz Club
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Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra:  Election Special
MIT Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139
Free admission.   Information:  617 452-3205

Aardvark takes the pulse of politics and culture with selections like DeEvolution Blues, Through the Looking Glass Blues, and Keepin' On, from the band's latest CD Impressions (Leo Records).


Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra:  42nd Annual Christmas Concert
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Admission:  $20.   Information:  617-776-8778  or  617-452-3205

Aardvark’s Annual Christmas concert, a signature event of the Boston holiday season, will include updated carols, Mark Harvey’s music in the spirit of the season, and excerpts from the magnificent Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker suite.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra:  New Music by Mark Harvey
MIT, Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, MA
Free Admission.   Information:  617-452-3205
 

 
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