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Fabled Aardvark Jazz Orchestra Performs Duke Ellington Blues, Highland Jazz Series December 5 Newton MA
(Published: November 26, 2015)

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Mark Harvey music director, continues its 43rd season with a show of Duke Ellington Blues in the stellar Highland Jazz Series, Dec 5 at 8 pm, Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton MA. Advance tickets: $18, $17 seniors, $10 students. At the door: $20. 781-237-1917.

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra has been called "captivating" (Jazz Improv), "spellbinding" (The Boston Globe) and "stunningly brilliant and adventurous" (New York City Jazz Record). The esteemed orchestra, led by founder/music director Mark Harvey, will perform Duke Ellington Blues, an exhilarating show with classics like C Jam Blues and Such Sweet Thunder and rarities like Blue Pepper (from The Far East Suite), The Shepherd (a powerful blues from the Second Sacred Concert) and a selection from The River (a ballet score for Alvin Ailey).

Founded in 1973, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is one of the longest running large jazz ensembles in the world. The band has premiered more than 175 works for jazz orchestra, performs widely, and appears on 13 CDs. Guest artists who have appeared with Aardvark include jazz luminaries Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Giuffre, Geri Allen, Lewis Porter, Vinny Golia, Dominique Eade, Jay Clayton, Rajesh Mehta, Matt Savage and Walter Thompson.

Among its wide-ranging repertoire, the orchestra has made a specialty of the music of Duke Ellington. Allaboutjazz.com wrote, "Aardvark and Ellington are an ideal couple," while JazzTimes hailed "lush sonorities and a saxophonic blend worthy of Duke's finest reed sections."

Mark Harvey is the founder and music director of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra and teaches jazz studies at MIT. Harvey has performed in major venues including Fenway Park and Symphony Hall, Boston, the Knitting Factory and the Village Gate (NYC), the National Gallery of Art (DC), the Left Bank Jazz Society (MD), the Southern California Institute of Architecture (CA), the Berlin Jazz Festival (Germany), and the Baja State Theater (Mexico). His musical credits also include recordings with George Russell's Living Time Orchestra (Blue Note), and Baird Hersey & the Year of the Ear (Arista/Novus) and appearances with Gil Evans, Howard McGhee, Sam Rivers, Claudio Roditi, and other notables, and has received numerous commissions In 2015, Dr. Harvey was named Boston Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association, one of 24 jazz advocates/activists recognized nationally for significant contributions to their communities.

Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter H. Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Dylan Sherry, Dan Zupan/saxes and woodwinds; K.C. Dunbar, Jeanne Snodgrass/trumpets; Bob Pilkington, Jay Keyser/trombones; Jeff Marsanskis, Bill Lowe/bass trombones, tuba; Richard Nelson/guitar; John Funkhouser/string bass; Harry Wellott/drums; Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes, vocalists; Mark Harvey/trumpet, music director.

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is managed by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte, Managing Director, 29 Newbury Street, Somerville, MA 02144, Telephone 617-776-8778. For more on Americas Musicworks, visit http://www.americasmusicw...

More Information: http://www.highlandjazz.org

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