CD Spotlight

Aardvark Steps Out (1993)

Listen to 5 selections from Aardvark's debut CD, Aardvark Steps Out, recognized as a great sampler of the band's range, "from screech to swing" as the Boston Phoenix said. 

Selected excerpts (click on a link to download MP3):

  1. Echoes
  2. Scamology   
  3. For Edward    (full track)
  4. Blue Sequence  
  5. Freedom Song

Here is a sampling of response to this CD:

"Aardvark Steps Out, footprints a rumble with jurassic import and power. The uncontrollable aspects of a juggernaut unleashed provide much of the Aardvark's awe-inspiring audience fascination."  Downbeat

". . . relentless dedication to a cutting-edge approach . . . with exciting exploratory solos."  Boston Globe

"Aardvark Steps Out is a bracing walk on the wild side of the big band spectrum. . . Aardvark suggests the best and brashest of Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, George Russell, and even Frank Zappa. . . In all, a refreshing breath of spirited yet structured rebellion from the tried and true. On, Aardvark!"  Jazz Times

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April 29 at MIT: New Music for Jazz Orchestra
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra at MIT
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra:  New Music for Jazz Orchestra
  
 
Featuring recent works and premieres by Mark Harvey
 
 
MIT, Kresge Auditorium
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
 
Free Admission.  Information:  617-452-3205
 
Recent: Aardvark Jazz Orchestra at Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra at Shalin Liu Performance Center
Rockport Music Presented "Salute to Duke! The Worlds of Duke Ellington" 
 
On Saturday evening, March 4, 2017, the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, led by founder/director Mark Harvey, explored the Worlds of Duke Ellington to a packed house at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Mass. Aardvark received a standing ovation after a memorable performance with classics like  Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Satin Doll, C Jam Blues, I'm Beginning to See the Light, and Billy Strayhorn’s Daydream.
 
Concertgoers enjoyed music from Ellington’s film scores (including Wild Man Moore for Louis Armstrong), and New Orleans Suite (with a tribute to Mahalia Jackson).  
 
The orchestra also performed Mark Harvey’s No Walls, an anthem of inclusivity inspired by Ellington’s concept of “beyond category.”
 
 
  
 

 
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: 44th Annual Christmas Concert
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 PM - 9 PM

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra held 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 featured 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.
 
To read about RIM, please visit:  http://r-i-m.net/
 
The concert was held at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston
15 Newbury St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116 

 
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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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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