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Famed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra opens 45th Boston season with original works by Mark Harvey
(Published: September 21, 2017)

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra opens its 45th Boston season with wide-ranging originals by director Mark Harvey, Saturday October 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm, MIT Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142. Free and open to the public. 617 452 3205 or 617 776 8778. The show will feature the premiere of Harvey's latest work Nowheresville, plus an updated version of his rollicking Swamp-a-Rama Suite including Trumputin Tango, Fake News Blewz, and Perseverance Pavanne. The show will conclude with Harvey's No Walls, Aardvark's anthem of inclusivity and hope.

The band's out-of-town season began with a show September 9 at the venerable Silver Center in Plymouth, NH, where Aardvark celebrated Duke Ellington and other jazz legends.

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, founded in 1973, is one of the longest continuously operating large jazz ensembles in the world. The orchestra performs original compositions by Mark Harvey, as well as classics from the jazz tradition, American music, and world music. Aardvark has premiered more than 175 works and has released 14 CDs, including 8 discs on Leo Records. Guest artists have included luminaries Sheila Jordan, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Giuffre, Geri Allen, Dominique Eade, Matt Savage, and Walter Thompson. Aardvark has been called "stunningly beautiful," (New York City Jazz Record), "spellbinding" (The Boston Globe) and "captivating" (Jazz Improv). The band has been praised for "lush sonorities and a saxophonic blend worthy of Ellington's finest reed sections" (JazzTimes).

Mark Harvey is the founder and music director of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. He 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. Dr. Harvey has received numerous awards and commissions. He teaches jazz studies and composition at MIT.

Aardvark is: Peter Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Dan Zupan, Dylan Sherry/saxophones and woodwinds; Jeanne Snodgrass/trumpet; 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.

Americas Musicworks, management for The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Rebecca DeLamotte, managing director, 29 Newbury Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA, Telephone 617 776 8778, email delamotte-amw@comcast.net

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

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