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Renowned Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, 44th Annual Christmas Concert December 10, Emmanuel Church Boston
(Published: November 19, 2016)

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will hold its 44th Annual Christmas Concert on December 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm, at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston. The concert will feature 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. Proceeds will benefit the Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM), an organization of multiple faiths and cultures that provides support to individuals and families who have been uprooted by violence. Tickets: $20 at the door. Information: 617-776-8778 or 617-452-3205. "Exhilarating...ebullient...Aardvark and Ellington are an ideal couple." (Allaboutjazz.com)

Led by founder/music director Mark Harvey, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra gave its first concert December 23, 1973 at the Church of the Covenant in Boston as a benefit for the Chelsea Fire Fund. Every year since then, the band has held a Christmas concert to support a deserving cause. Past beneficiaries have included Doctors Without Borders, American Friends Service Committee, Rosie's Place, Pine Street Inn, and dozens more. Guest artists at Aardvark's Christmas Concerts have included Sheila Jordan, Howard McGhee, Semenya McCord, Joe Carroll, Ron Gill, Jack Powers, Kip Tiernan, Brother Blue and other notables.

Aardvark performs original compositions by Mark Harvey, as well as classics from the jazz tradition, American music, and world music, including collaborations with film, dance, choral groups and symphony orchestras. The orchestra has premiered more than 175 works and appears on 14 CDs.

Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter H. Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Dylan Sherry/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.

Trumpeter/composer Mark Harvey has almost 200 compositions in his catalogue, has performed internationally and recorded with esteemed jazz artists, teaches jazz history and composition at MIT, and was named Boston Jazz Hero 2015 for his social activism and advocacy in the jazz community spanning more than four decades. He is a retired Methodist minister.

Founded in 1986, Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM) has brought volunteers together from many cultures and faiths to provide community-based services to uprooted and often isolated persons. RIM's programs include spiritual care, English classes, job placement assistance, and community-based resettlement. RIM provides friendship, acculturation opportunities and support for clients, at the most vulnerable time of their lives, helping clients to prepare for employment and make the cultural adaptation necessary for success.

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is managed exclusively by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte, director, telephone 617 776 8778 or email delamotte-amw@comcast.net

More Information: http://www.aardvarkjazz.com

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