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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra Salutes Duke Ellington March 4, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport MA
(Published: February 25, 2017)

Called "stunningly beautiful" (New York City Jazz Record), and "one of the best jazz ensembles in the world" (Jazz Podium, Germany), The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra continues its historic 44th season with a salute to Duke Ellington Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8 pm, Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966. Tickets are $29 and $24. 978-546-7391.

The legendary band, led by founder/director Mark Harvey, will explore the Worlds of Duke Ellington with classics like Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Satin Doll, C Jam Blues, I'm Beginning to See the Light, and Billy Strayhorn's Daydream, plus music from Ellington's film scores (including Wild Man Moore for Louis Armstrong), and his New Orleans Suite (with a tribute to Mahalia Jackson).

"Lush sonorities and a saxophonic blend worthy of Ellington's finest reed sections"
- JazzTimes

"Spellbinding" (The Boston Globe)

Founded in 1973, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra has been a force in the international jazz scene for more than 40 years. 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 as trumpeter in the U.S., Mexico and Europe; has recorded with George Russell (Blue Note) and Baird Hersey (Arista/Novus); and performed 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: Arni Cheatham, Peter H. Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Dan Zupan/saxes and woodwinds; K.C. Dunbar, Jeanne Snodgrass/trumpets; Bob Pilkington, Jay Keyser, Jeff Marsanskis, Dave Harris/trombones; 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, director, telephone 617 776 8778 http://www.aardvarkjazz.com

More Information: http://rockportmusic.org/aardvark-jazz/

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