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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra Opens 45th Season Sep 9, Silver Center Plymouth NH
(Published: August 25, 2017)

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, led by founder/music director Mark Harvey, will kick off its historic 45th season with a high-energy show at the Silver Center called The Worlds of Jazz-classics by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, plus originals by Mark Harvey. Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm, Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts, 114 Main Street. Plymouth, New Hampshire 03264. Premium $30, Adult $25, Senior $20, Youth/College ID $15, Groups $15. Tickets, 603-535-2787.

Aardvark has been called "stunningly beautiful" (New York City Jazz Record) and "one of the best jazz ensembles in the world" (Jazz Podium, Germany). JazzTimes praised the orchestra's "lush sonorities and a saxophonic blend worthy of Ellington's finest reed sections."

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's September 9 show will feature classics like Satin Doll, Everyday I Have the Blues, Roll ‘Em, Manteca, and All Blues. Also on tap: exhilarating originals by Mark Harvey, including the orchestral premiere of his piece SGS (Saint-Gaudens Studio) in honor of famed sculptor Auguste Saint-Gaudens, who maintained a summer studio in Cornish New Hampshire, where he spent his later years.

Called "captivating" (Jazz Improv), and "spellbinding" (The Boston Globe), the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is one of the longest running large jazz ensembles in the world. Guest artists who have appeared with Aardvark include jazz luminaries Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Giuffre, Geri Allen, Dominique Eade and Matt Savage. The band performs widely and appears on 14 CDs, including 8 discs on the prestigious Leo Records label.

Music director Mark Harvey has performed in the U.S., Mexico and Europe; has recorded with George Russell (Blue Note) and Baird Hersey (Arista/Novus); and appeared with Gil Evans, Claudio Roditi, Howard McGhee, Sam Rivers, and other notables. He has received awards and commissions from ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the 15th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, and Meet-the-Composer-Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Commissioning Program, among others. Dr. Harvey teaches jazz studies and composition at MIT. He is winner of the 2015 Boston Jazz Hero Award from the Jazz Journalists Association.

Aardvark is: Peter Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Charlie Kohlhase, Allan Chase/saxophones and woodwinds; KC Dunbar, Jeanne Snodgrass/trumpets; Jay Keyser, Jeff Marsanskis/ trombones; Bill Lowe/ bass trombone; Richard Nelson/guitar; John Funkhouser/string bass; Harry Wellott/drums; Grace Hughes, Jerry Edwards/vocalists; Mark Harvey/ trumpet, music director.

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is managed by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte, director. 617-776-8778

More Information: https://www.plymouth.edu/silver-center/season-events/aardvark-jazz-orchestra-the-worlds-of-jazz/

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