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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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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.

 

 
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