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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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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.”
 
 
  
 

 
Recent: Aardvark Jazztet in NH
The Aardvark Jazztet, featuring members of the legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra performed two concerts this summer in NH. The Jazztet features: 

  • 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
 
Attendees enjoyed music by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and other jazz greats. They also enjoyed Mark Harvey’s Claremont Suite (written for the city’s 250th anniversary in 2014) and also the premiere of Mark Harvey’s SGS (Saint Gaudens Studio), commissioned for the occasion. 
 
Concerts took place at two locations:
 
Claremont, NH:
Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 6:30 pm
West Claremont Center for the Arts
133 Old Church Rd, Claremont NH
 
Cornish, NH: 
Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm
St Gaudens National Historic Site
139 St Gaudens Rd, Cornish, NH 03745

 
Recent: New Music for Jazz Orchestra at MIT
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra at MIT
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - Democratic Vistas?
Ellington Extrapolations & “Social Significance” Works by Mark Harvey
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm 
MIT Kresge Auditorium
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
 
MIT Music and Theater Arts presented Mark Harvey and his Aardvark Jazz Orchestra at Kresge Auditorium, Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 pm, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. 
 
The concert, called Democratic Vistas?,  celebrated Duke Ellington’s birthday (April 29, 1899) by honoring his tradition of “social significance” compositions.   Works by Harvey in this vein included Boston Boy (for the late Nat Hentoff), the premiere of Main Man for noted impresario Fred Taylor, and first performances of contemporary tone-parallels -- Fake News Blewz, Swamp-a-rama, and Waltz of the Oligarchs.  
 
In addition, the band performed the premiere of Harvey’s piece Studio Four in honor of the late Steve Schwartz, beloved radio host of WGBH Jazz from Studio Four.  Also on the program: a reading from Walt Whitman’s Democratic Vistas, and a performance of Harvey’s No Walls, an anthem of hope and inclusivity. The April 29 event was part of Jazz Boston’s Jazz Week, with this year’s theme of Thank You Fred Taylor.  
 
Event photos courtesy of JazzBoston :
The concert celebrated Duke Elllngton's birthday (April 29, 1899) with four of the Duke's compositions. Longtime Aardvark vocalist Grace Hughes sings the first, "Tell Me It's the Truth."
Hughes delivers an exceptionally beautiful rendition of Ellington's "Come Sunday."
 
Jerry Edwards, whose extraordinary voice range, sense of humor, and scatting genius have made him an Aardvark favorite, sings "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good."
Mark Sumner Harvey receives a lengthy standing ovation and a bouquet.
Two crazy Aardvark fans, Dotty Guild and Connie Bigony, release some pent-up energy.
 
 
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's 44th Season (2016-2017)
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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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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
 
Latest CD Release: Passages
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 

 
The Boston Creative Jazz Scene, Then and Now: A Jazz Week Special Event
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
 
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 featured 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 shared 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 still welcome to support the ongoing work of the Gallery.  This event was a part of Jazz Week and Art Week.  
 
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