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No Walls/A Christmas Concert (2007)

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra CD No Walls / A Christmas Concert (2007, Aardmuse)Celebrating the release of its 9th CD, No Walls/A Christmas Concert (Aardmuse label), the CD features carols from around the world and Mark Harvey’s piece No Walls, a tribute to Doctors Without Borders. The CD is available now!

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The Boston Creative Jazz Scene, Then and Now: A Jazz Week Special Event PDF Print E-mail
Mark Harvey The Boston Creative Jazz Scene, Then and Now: A Jazz Week Special Event
May 1, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
The Boston Creative Jazz Scene, Then and Now: A Jazz Week Special Event
Celebrating the Compilation CD + Book "The Boston Creative Jazz Scene 1970 - 1983"
Piano Craft Gallery
793 Tremont St, Boston MA 02118
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Mark Harvey’s essay on the history of the 1970s avant-garde jazz scene  in Boston is part of a new compilation recording, The Boston Creative Jazz Scene 1970—1983 (Cultures of Soul, 2016) featuring Harvey’s quartet of the period among others.   Cultures of Soul will celebrate  the recently released CD boxed set on May 1, at 7:00 pm at the Piano Craft Factory, 793 Tremont St, Boston. The event will feature live music by performers on the CD--Peter Bloom, Arni Cheatham, Leonard Brown, and Mark Harvey--as well as others mentioned in the essay, and later generations of stellar Boston improvisers including John Funkhouser and Harry Wellott.  Harvey and colleagues will share recollections of the 1970s scene, comparisons with the contemporary situation, and open discussion with audience members.  
 
The Piano Craft Gallery is located in Boston's South End, a neighborhood important for a wide spectrum of  jazz musicians over many decades.   Donations are welcome to support the ongoing work of the Gallery.  This event is a part of Jazz Week and Art Week.  
 
Recent: Concert: New Music for Jazz Orchestra, CD Release PDF Print E-mail
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra CD, Passages (2016) Leo Records

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra:  New Music for Jazz Orchestra
Featuring the release of Aardvark’s CD, Passages (Leo Records)
And premieres of new works by Mark Harvey

MIT, Kresge Auditorium
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra continued its 43rd season on MIT’s mainstage, Kresge Auditorium, with a concert showcasing the North American release of the band’s 14th CD, Passages (Leo Records), featuring compositions by Aardvark music director Mark Harvey.  The CD has already garnered rave reviews in Europe:

Fresh….unconventional….Aardvark Jazz Orchestra proves once more its reputation as one of the best jazz ensembles in the world.  - Jazz Podium, Germany

Highly imaginative and varied music which is marvelously suggestive of its themes….The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra play beautifully all the way through the album.  It speaks an extraordinary dialectic, harmonious though bizarrely ruminating.  Exceptional music indeed.  - Jazz Views (UK)

In the April 16 show, Aardvark performed the centerpiece of the new CD, Commemoration (Boston 2013), a tribute to the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy.  In addition, Harvey presented Dreaming (2014) and No Walls (2004), and premieres of his latest works Fluctuations and By the Way.

Order your CD today: Send a check for $15, (s & h  included), made payable to Aardvark, c/o Mark Harvey, PO  Box 8721, JFK Station, Boston, MA 02114 

 
Recent: Salute to Duke: Classics and Rarities by Duke Ellington PDF Print E-mail
Salute to Duke:  Classics and Rarities by Duke Ellington
January 31, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts
114 Main Street. Plymouth, New Hampshire 03264
 

Aardvark made its debut at the Silver Center with Salute to Duke—an exhilarating show ranging across a spectrum of sounds and styles in the inimitable Duke Ellington manner.  The band performed classics like C Jam Blues, Come Sunday, Solitude, and I'm Beginning to See the Light, plus Such Sweet Thunder (from the Shakespearean Suite), Blue Pepper (from the Far East Suite), Pie Eye's Blues (from the Ellington score for Otto Preminger's film Anatomy of a Murder), and the lush and exotic Caravan.
 
“Lush sonorities and a saxophonic blend worthy of Duke’s finest reed sections”
 - JazzTimes
 
Mark Harvey named 2015 Boston "Jazz Hero" PDF Print E-mail
Aardvark founder and musical director Mark Harvey has been named by The Jazz Journalists Association as Boston’s 2015 Jazz Hero.  The Jazz Heroes awards are made annually to recognize jazz leaders, activists and advocates across the United States.  Trumpeter-composer-band leader Mark Harvey has led important jazz initiatives in the greater Boston area and New England for more than four decades; has performed internationally and has recorded with many jazz luminaries; has received numerous awards and commissions; has been widely acclaimed by the international jazz media; teaches jazz studies and composition at MIT; and is a board member of Jazz Boston.    
  
 
JazzBoston will present this JJA Award to Mark Harvey on Sunday, May 3, in an event at the legendary Wally's Jazz Club, 427 Mass Ave, Boston, from 3 - 5 PM.  Music by the John Funkhouser Trio and musicians are invited to sit in. This will be one of the closing events of Jazz Week, April 24 - May 3.  www.jazzboston.org  for information on Jazz  Week. 
 
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More on the 43rd Concert Season PDF Print E-mail

Join Aardvark Jazz Orchestra for our 43rd season concerts. Get information about upcoming concerts now and plan to attend this fall, winter and in spring 2016!  

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New CD: Impressions PDF Print E-mail
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's "No Walls" Named Official Song of Jazz Week PDF Print E-mail
 Jazz Week has declared Mark Harvey's composition "No Walls, " the official song of Jazz  Week. And the music has inspired the theme for the week, April 25 through May 4  "No Walls: A Salute to the Power of Jazz to Bring People Together," especially significant in this season commemorating the first Boston Marathon since last year's tragedy. Read the Globe article.
  
To obtain a recording of "No Walls," the culminating work of the CD "No Walls: A Christmas Concert," please send a check payable to Aardvark for $15 [shipping and handling included] with your name and postal address to Mark Harvey, PO Box 8721, JFK Station, Boston MA 02114..\ 
 
Boston Globe Review: Aardvark Jazz Orchestra marks two anniversaries PDF Print E-mail

 Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's April 21st concert at MIT was featured  in a review in the Sunday Boston Globe:

CAMBRIDGE ­— When you think “jazz college,” MIT probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. But this year, MIT is celebrating 50 years with jazz on the curriculum, going back to the hiring of Herb Pomeroy in 1963. Saturday night, current MIT jazz-faculty member Mark Harvey led his Aardvark Jazz Orchestra in a program at Kresge Auditorium that celebrated the MIT benchmark as well as the 40th anniversary of his band, and, coincidentally, Jazz Appreciation Month... Read the full story at the BostonGlobe.com  

 
Gifts for the Fan: Aardvark T-Shirts PDF Print E-mail

A brand new AARDVARK T-SHIRT is now available in most sizes with an elegant design -- red on either black or teal shirts.  (To check on availability of specific sizes, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Click images at right to view a larger image.

To order, please send a check for $17 (shipping & handling included) payable to Aardvark c/o Mark Harvey, PO Box 8721, JFK Station, Boston, MA 02114.  Order now for prompt delivery and best selection! 

 
Featured Video -- Sumner: A Biography in Jazz PDF Print E-mail

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Aardvark by the Book PDF Print E-mail
 Aardvark has received a highly complimentary mention in a brand-new book by composer/educator Graham Collier entitled the jazz composer: moving music off the paper (London: Northway Publications, 2009), p. 124.

Discussing a quartet of international ensembles, including Aardvark, and comparing these with some of the recognized names in today's big band music, Collier writes...
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