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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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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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Newest CD: Passages
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra CD, Passages (2016) Leo Records

Released April 2016

Passages (Leo Records) 

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 2016 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 

 
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