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Duke Ellington / Sacred Music (2002)
 CD features Ducal rarities - A Song for Christmas and Three Black Kings [first movement] - plus selections from the Sacred Concert repertory including Heaven, The Shepherd, Freedom, and David Danced with vocal soloists, tap dancer, and eighty voice choir [combined MIT Concert Choir and the Choir of Men and Boys from All Saints Parish, Ashmont, in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood]. As recorded by WGBH at the Ellington Centennial concert at MIT in 1999.
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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra celebrates 45 years
OCTOBER: Cambridge, MA
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will continue its 45th season with wide-ranging originals by music director Mark Harvey, including the premiere of his latest piece Nowheresville, and an updated version of his rollicking Swamp-a-Rama Suite, including the Trumputin Tango, Fake News Blewz, and Perseverance Pavanne.  The show will conclude with Mark Harvey’s No Walls, Aardvark's anthem of inclusivity and hope.  
 

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm
Killian Hall, MIT, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
Free Admission
Information:  617-452-3205
  
  
DECEMBER: Boston, MA
45th Annual Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston, MA
Admission:  $20
Information:  617-452-3205 or 617-776-8778

2018

APRIL: Cambridge, MA
New Music for Jazz Orchestra
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm
MIT, Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, MA
Free Admission
Information:  617-452-3205
 
Recent: The Worlds of Jazz
The Worlds of Jazz:  Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Mark Harvey and More!

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra led by founder/director Mark Harvey, kicked off its 45th season with The Worlds of Jazz — hits by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis, plus exhilarating originals by Mark Harvey.
 
Attendees enjoyed a captivating mix of classics like Satin Doll, Everyday I Have the Blues, Roll ‘Em, Manteca, and All Blues
 
Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts
114 Main Street, Plymouth, New Hampshire 03264
  
 
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.
 
 
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