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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Duke Ellington Celebration
(Published: September 17, 2019)

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (Mark Harvey, music director) will open its historic 47th season with a Duke Ellington Celebration on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm, at First Parish Church of Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742. Advance tickets are $20 at ellington.brownpapertickets.com or $25 at the door. For information, call Information: 978-369-9602 x420.

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

The September 22 concert will honor Duke Ellington (1899-1974) in his 120th birthday year with a program celebrating joy, justice, and love - themes that were important for Ellington throughout his life. Selections will range widely, from hits like Satin Doll, Solitude, and I'm Beginning to See the Light, to exuberant music from Ellington's Sacred Concerts. The First Parish choir, directed by Elizabeth Norton, will join Aardvark in the ebullient David Danced before the Lord, and the magnificent It's Freedom.

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra performs widely and has released 15 CDs, including 9 discs on Leo Records and a recording of Duke Ellington's Sacred Music on the Aardmuse label. Aardvark guests have included Sheila Jordan, Ricky Ford, Geri Allen, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Giuffre and other luminaries.

Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter H. Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Dan Zupan/saxes and woodwinds; K.C. Dunbar, Jeanne Snodgrass/trumpets; David Harris, Jay Keyser/trombones; Jeff Marsanskis, Bill Lowe/bass trombones, tuba; John Funkhouser/piano; Rick McLaughlin/string bass; Harry Wellott/drums; Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes, vocalists; and Mark Harvey, arranger/music director. The orchestra is managed by Americas Musicworks of Somerville, Massachusetts, Rebecca DeLamotte, director, telephone 617 776 8778.

More Information: https://firstparish.org/wp/events/event/a-duke-ellington-celebration/

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