Legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra To Open 44th Season, Sept 29 at Scullers Jazz Club Boston

by Rebecca DeLamotte
(Somerville MA)

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, photo by Erlyn Ordinario

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, photo by Erlyn Ordinario

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, photo by Erlyn Ordinario Mark Harvey, director, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, photo by Kate Matson Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, photo by Kate Matson

Praised for “exuberance, imagination and sheer brio” (Jazz Review ,UK), the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will open its 44th season at Scullers Jazz Club on Thursday, September 29, at 8:00 pm, Doubletree Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA. Tickets: $25. Reservations and information: 617-562-4111. The exhilarating show will feature music from the band’s latest CD, Passages (on the Leo Records label). Selections from the disc will include Mark Harvey's Saxophrenia (written for Joe Lovano and the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble) and Spaceways (Harvey’s tribute to Sun Ra). Also on tap: the premiere of a new Mark Harvey piece Northeast Express, a rollicking shuffle blues evoking the roar and romance of trains for more than a century along the Northeast Corridor. Rounding out the show will be the Duke Ellington-Juan Tizol classic Caravan and the Duke Ellington-Johnny Hodges ballad Jeep's Blues. Aardvark has been called “stunningly beautiful and adventurous” (New York City Jazz Record), and “one of the best jazz ensembles in the world” (Jazz Podium, Germany).

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, Dominique Eade, Jimmy Giuffre, Geri Allen, Vinny Golia, Robert Honeysucker, Sheila Jordan, Rajesh Mehta, Lewis Porter, Matt Savage, and Walter Thompson.

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/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. http://www.aardvarkjazz.com

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is managed by Americas Musicworks, 617 776 8778.

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