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"Evocations" among NYC Jazz Record Best of '12

We're pleased to announce that Aardvark’s new CD, Evocations (Leo Records) has been named to The New York City Jazz Record’s Best of 2012, Large Ensemble Releases

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Thurs. 10/02: Scullers CD Release Party PDF Print E-mail
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
Doubletree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA
Admission: $25
Reservations and information: 617-562-4111 or www.scullersjazz.com

Aardvark opens 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 will perform 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 will be Dizzy Gillespie's Manteca, and the Mary Lou Williams classic Roll 'Em
 
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.

 
42nd Season Preview PDF Print E-mail
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
See More Details in the post above!
 
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
 

 
Recent: Sun. 7/27: The Aardvark Jazztet: Jazz Through the Decades PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm
The Aardvark Jazztet:  Jazz Through the Decades 
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
Ocean Park Music Festival, Ocean Park Temple 
50 Temple Avenue, Ocean Park, ME 04063
Tickets:  $12.  Information: 207- 934-9068.  http://www.oceanpark.org/programs/culture/music_fest.html

The Aardvark Jazztet (a six-piece ensemble drawn from the legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Mark Harvey, Music Director) will present Through the Jazz Decades, an exhilarating tour from New Orleans to the Great American Songbook, from Miles Davis to Mark Harvey.  The show will include the New Orleans staple Down by the Riverside,  the Miles Davis modal masterpiece All Blues, and Mark Harvey's original compositions (“captivating, highly recommended” -Jazz Improv), plus favorites by George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and more.  Dr. Harvey, who teaches jazz history at MIT and lectures widely on American music, will be the tour guide through this panoramic jazz soundscape.  The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra has been called “stunning” (Billboard.com), “brilliant” (CultureJazz.France), and “beyond category” (Downbeat).

 
Recent: Joe’s Jazz & Blues Festival – Closing Act! PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra
Joe’s Jazz & Blues Festival – Closing Act!
Nave Music Series, Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church
155 Powderhouse Blvd, Somerville MA 02144
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Aardvark continuee its historic 41st season with a show at the Nave Music Series, Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, 155 Powderhouse Boulevard, Somerville, MA 02144.  The band performed the world premiere of director Mark Harvey’s Mo-Joe, in honor of Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone.  
 
Also performed:  Harvey’s 2014 composition Spaceways, celebrating the Sun Ra Centennial, and another Harvey original Dreaming, featuring vocalist Grace Hughes, plus the world premiere of The Deep by John Funkhouser, Aardvark’s stellar pianist and bassist.    Rounding out the show:  rarely heard selections from the Ellington/Strayhorn Far East Suite:   the exotic Mount Harissa and the raucous Blue Pepper.  
 
The June 28 show was the closing act of Joe’s Jazz and Blues Festival.  Founded in 2009, the festival was the brainchild of Mayor Curtatone, a jazz enthusiast and well-known supporter of the arts. 

 
JazzTimes: Aardvark honoring Marathon bombing victims & heroes PDF Print E-mail
 The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, one of the longest running large jazz ensembles in the world, continues its historic 41st season with a concert of music by founder and music director Mark Harvey on Saturday April 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. The centerpiece will be the world premiere of Harvey’s Commemoration (Boston 2013), a tribute to the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy. No Walls, a staple of the Aardvark repertory, will be offered in a spirit of unity and healing. No Walls has been selected as the official song for JazzBoston’s Jazz Week (April 21-30, 2014). Also on tap: another Mark Harvey premiere, Spaceways,a celebration of Sun Ra in his centennial year. This concert is presented by MIT Music and Theater Arts, in conjunction with JazzBoston’s Jazz Week and the Smithsonian Institution’s observance of April as National Jazz Appreciation Month. Read the full article.  
 
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..\ 
 
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Click here to read about recent concerts from the current and previous seasons. 
 
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  

 
"Evocations" among NYC Jazz Record Best of '12 PDF Print E-mail

We're pleased to announce that Aardvark’s new CD, Evocations (Leo Records) has been named to The New York City Jazz Record’s Best of 2012, Large Ensemble Releases

 Click here to view the full Best of 2012 listings  (PDF, opens in new window)  

 
Gifts for the Fan: 40th Anniversary Aardvark T-Shirts PDF Print E-mail

A brand new AARDVARK T-SHIRT in celebration of our historic 40th season 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! 

 
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11th CD Released: "EVOCATIONS" PDF Print E-mail
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra EVOCATIONS CD
Already garnering enthusiastic reviews, EVOCATIONS, on Leo Records, one of the world's leading adventurous music labels, showcases the original compositions of music director Mark Harvey.   
 
These pieces display a masterful blend of jazz traditions and 20th-century music while allowing for much individual, collective, and conductor's improvisation. 
 
"a modern and absolutely unique sound"  
Jazz Podium
(Germany) 
 
"filled with never-ending movement, change, turbulence, playfulness, contradictions...that not only works but also provokes and surprises" 
UNI Magazine
(Czech Republic)
 
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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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