Upcoming Dates

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Kresge Auditorium @ MIT
New Music for Jazz Orchestra - 8 PM
Boston, MA
617-452-3205
Price: Free

Past Dates

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Emmanuel Church
Aardvark 45th Annual Christmas Concert - 7:30 PM
Boston, MA
Price: $20 at door

Mark Harvey and his Aardvark Jazz Orchestra perform jazz carols and music of the season as the band marks its historic 45th Annual Christmas concert.  Proceeds to benefit a worthy cause.

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

MIT Killian Hall
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Music by Mark Harvey - 9 PM
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-452-3205

Aardvark opens its Boston season with premieres and recent works by music director Mark Harvey. The band will play an updated version of music director Mark Harvey's Swamp-a-Rama Suite, which was first performed on April 29, 2017, Day 100 of the Trump administration. The rollicking suite includes the Trumputin Tango, Fake News Blewz, and Perseverance Pavanne. The show will conclude with Harvey’s No Walls, inspired by Duke Ellington’s belief in moving beyond category in art and life, expressed in his pithy question: Did God Ever Make a Wall? The piece, written in 2007 as a tribute to Doctors Without Borders, continues to resonate today as Aardvark's anthem of inclusivity and hope.

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Plymouth State University
The Worlds of Jazz - & PM
Plymouth, NH 03264
Price: $15-$30

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. 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. 

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Makrokosmos Orchestra - 8:15 pm
18 Whitwell Pl
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Price: $10.00

Delighted to be returning to ShapeShifter with this great ensemble!

We’ll have a lively offering of our original music, including my pieces Cohere and Float, and co-leader Tim O’Dell’s Kaleidoscope, Isoceles, and the premiere of his Selflessness, featuring vocalist Christine Correa.  We’re overjoyed to have such an exceptional group of musicians in the band:

Christine Correa, voice; Peter Bloom flutes; Adam Kolker, tenor saxophone, clarinet; Tim O'Dell, alto and soprano saxophones; Alan Brady, bass clarinet; Marshall Sealy, French horn; John Carlson, trumpet; Jacob Varmus, trumpet, cornet; David Chamberlain, euphonium; Dale Turk, bass trombone; Rick Bassett, keyboards, sound design; Richard Nelson, guitar; Matt Pavolka, bass; Rex Benincasa, percussion; and Rob Garcia, drums.

 

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Dimensions in Jazz--Woodfords Church
w/ Frank Mauceri Ensemble - 8pm
202 Woodford St
Portland, ME 04103
Price: $20.00

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Emmanuel Church
44th Annual Christmas Concert - 7:30 PM
Boston, MA
Price: $20

The concert features Mark Harvey's piece No Walls, an anthem of inclusivity, healing and joy, together with jazz carols and selections from the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite - an exuberant big band take on the perennial classic. Proceeds will benefit the Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM), an organization of multiple faiths and cultures that provides support to individuals and families who have been uprooted by violence. "Exhilarating...ebullient...Aardvark and Ellington are an ideal couple." (Allaboutjazz.com)

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Makrokosmos Orchestra - 9:30 PM
18 Whitwell Pl
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Price: 10.00

     Featuring new, genre-defying compositions by myself and co-leader Tim O'Dell, the 14-player Makrokosmos Orchestra draws on outstanding New York veteran creative contributors such as saxophonist Adam Kolker, trumpeters John Carlson and Jacob Varmus, French horn player Marshall Sealy, bassist Ken Filiano, and drummer Eric Halvorson, among many others.  We'll perform my compositions Float (premiere), Cohere, and excerpts from my Deep River suite, featuring our superb guest vocalist Christine Correa.  Pieces by my friend and co-leader/saxophonist Tim O'Dell we'll play include Isosceles (premiere), Ennead, and Kaleidoscope.

            We're really looking forward to this return engagement at ShapeShifter!

" . . .Deep River, a masterful suite by composer-guitarist Richard Nelson that merges jazz and American folk music." - Kevin Lowenthal, Boston Globe

" . . .an atmospheric large jazz group setting worthy of Gil Evans."  - Jerome Wilson, Cadence

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And some press samples for my co-conspirator Tim O'Dell:

Quality of music is excellent . . . stunningly beautiful." - -Francis Lo Kee - All About Jazz New York

 "A new master of the saxophone has arrived and his name is Tim O'Dell." - Lee Prosser - Jazz Review.com

 O'Dell is the composer of Chicago."  - Fred Barrett - Beyond Coltrane

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            The fantastic group of players who will make up the Makrokosmos Orchestra at ShapeShifter Lab on Friday, November 11, 2016 includes:

 Christine Correa, voice; Michel Gentile flutes; Tim O'Dell, saxophones; Adam Kolker, tenor saxophone, clarinet; Alan Brady, bass clarinet, clarinet; Marshall Sealy, French horn; John Carlson , trumpet; Jacob Varmus, trumpet; David Chamberlain, euphonium; Dale Turk, bass trombone; John Deley, keyboards, sound design; Richard Nelson, guitar; Ken Filiano, bass; Rex Benincasa, hand percussion; and Eric Halvorson, drums.

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

MIT Killian Hall
Aardvark in Concert: Jazz, Politics and Ellingtonian Eloquence - 8 PM
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-452-3205
Price: Free

Mark Harvey and his acclaimed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra share insights on the upcoming election with music by Duke Ellington, statesman and social philosopher, and originals by Mark Harvey including De-Evolution Blues and No Walls. Free admission.

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

With Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - 8:00
400 Soldiers Rd
Boston, MA 02135
(617)562-4111
Price: 25.00

     Called "one of the best jazz ensembles in the world" (Jazz Podium, Germany), the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra kicks off its 44th season at Scullers with a high-energy show including Mark Harvey's Spaceways (for Sun Ra) and Saxophrenia (written for the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and saxophone legend Joe Lovano).  Both of the pieces are from Aardvark’s new CD Passages (Leo Records).  Also on tap:  the world premiere of Mark Harvey’s Northeast Express, plus the Duke Ellington-Juan Tizol classic Caravan and the Ellington-Johnny Hodges ballad Jeep's Blues, in honor of Cambridge-Boston native Hodges on the 110th anniversary of his birth.  

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

University Of Maine Augusta - Jewett Auditorium
"Play of Light" concert performance - "Mostly Maine Composers" - 3:00 pm
46 University Dr
Augusta, ME 04330
Price: Free admission - no tickets or reservations required

     My composition "Play of Light" for flute (doubling bass flute and piccolo) and harp will be featured on this program of "Mostly Maine Composers."

     "Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, an admired favorite on the international concert stage, will celebrate Maine composers in a concert with esteemed colleagues Peter H. Bloom, multiple flutes; Thomas Hill, clarinet; and Mary Jane Rupert, piano and harp.   The program, Mostly Maine Composers, will be a tribute to Elliott Schwartz, the dean of Maine composers, in his 80th year, and will honor several other Maine composers including University of Maine at Augusta faculty member Richard Nelson, University of Maine (Orono)'s Beth Wiemann, and Maine-based composers Elizabeth Vercoe and Michael Viens.  A vivid, wide-ranging repertoire will provide a dazzling tour of recent works by these pre-eminent Maine composers, together with Aaron Copland’s charming As It Fell Upon a Day and Lester Trimble’s witty and captivating Four Fragments from the Canterbury Tales.   All of the Maine composers will be on hand to introduce their pieces and to discuss the music in an informal Q&A following the concert."

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

"Play of Light" concert performance - "Mostly Maine Composers" - 7:30 pm
Minsky Recital Hall, Class of 1944 Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469
(207) 581-4703
Price: $9.00

     My composition "Play of Light" for flute (doubling bass flute and piccolo) and harp will be featured on this program of "Mostly Maine Composers."

     "Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, an admired favorite on the international concert stage, will celebrate Maine composers in a concert with esteemed colleagues Peter H. Bloom, multiple flutes; Thomas Hill, clarinet; and Mary Jane Rupert, piano and harp.   The program, Mostly Maine Composers, will be a tribute to Elliott Schwartz, the dean of Maine composers, in his 80th year, and will honor several other Maine composers including University of Maine at Augusta faculty member Richard Nelson, University of Maine (Orono)'s Beth Wiemann, and Maine-based composers Elizabeth Vercoe and Michael Viens.  A vivid, wide-ranging repertoire will provide a dazzling tour of recent works by these pre-eminent Maine composers, together with Aaron Copland’s charming As It Fell Upon a Day and Lester Trimble’s witty and captivating Four Fragments from the Canterbury Tales.   All of the Maine composers will be on hand to introduce their pieces and to discuss the music in an informal Q&A following the concert."

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Kresge Auditorium @ MIT
With Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - 8:00 PM
48 Massachusetts
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-452-3205
Price: Free

New music for Jazz Orchestra.

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

'Play of Light' at Arts on the Green - 7:00 PM
19 Church Rd
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States
508-845-7286
Price: Free, Donations Welcome

Duo 2, (Flautist Peter H. Bloom, and harpist Mary Jane Rupert) will be performing Richard Nelson's alluring and intriguing piece, "Play of Light," as well as "Butterfly Effects" by Elizabeth Vercoe and music of classical greats J.S. Bach, Beethoven, and Saint-Saens.

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Silver Center for the Arts
Richard Nelson with Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - 3:00 PM
114 Main Street
Plymouth, NH 03264
603-535-2787
Price: $25/$20 adult; $23/$18 seniors, faculty, staff; $15/$10 youth; $10/$5 PSU students

Aardvark makes its debut at the Silver Center with Salute to Duke—an exhilarating show ranging across a spectrum of sounds and styles in the inimitable Duke Ellington manner.  The band will perform classics likeC Jam Blues and I'm Beginning to See the Light, plus Such Sweet Thunder (from the Shakespearean Suite), Blue Pepper (from the Far East Suite), Pie Eye's Blues (from the Ellington score for Otto Preminger's film Anatomy of a Murder), and the lush and exotic Caravan. 

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Emmanuel Church
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: 43rd Annual Christmas Concert - 7:30 PM
15 Newbury St
Boston, MA
USA
617-452-3205 or 617-776-8778
Price: $20

Music in the spirit of the season with updated favorite carols such as Silent Night and What Child Is This, plus festive music by Duke Ellington.   The concert will benefit Community Works, providing advocacy and support to more than 30 organizations working for social justice in the Boston area.

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

"Duke Ellington Blues" with Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - 8:00 PM
140 Brandeis Road
Newton, MA 02458
781-237-1917
Price: Advance $18, (seniors $17); Students $10; At the door: $20

Duke Ellington Blues, an exuberant tour across many decades, including C Jam Blues, Such Sweet Thunder, Portrait of Mahalia, Blue Pepper (from The Far East Suite), and The Shepherd (a powerful blues from the Second Sacred Concert).

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Tim O'Dell/Richard Nelson and PURSUIT - 9:30 PM
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215
646.820.9452
Price: $10.00

Debut performance of this new 14-player ensemble - new charts by Tim and me, plus two movements of my Deep River suite with guest vocalist Marcia Gallagher. 

Very happy to have this outstanding roster of (mainly) New York-based players:

Marcia Gallagher, voice; Peter Bloom, flutes; Tim O'Dell, compositions, soprano and alto saxophones; Adam Kolker, tenor saxophone, clarinet; Alan Brady, bass clarinet, clarinet; Marshall Sealy, French horn; John Carlson , trumpet; Jacob Varmus, trumpet; David Chamberlain, euphonium; Ben Herrington, bass trombone; Richard Nelson, compositions, guitar; Rick Bassett, keyboards; Ken Filiano, bass; Glen Fittin, hand percussion; Rob Garcia, drums.

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

MIT Killian Hall
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Eclectic Explorations - 8:00 PM
160 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-452-3205
Price: Free

An array of Mark Harvey originals from the lively blues Merry Go Round to the multi-stylistic No Walls to the premiere of Tritonology.

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

"Deep River" CD Release Concert with Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - 8:00 PM
400 Soldiers Rd
Boston, MA 02135
(617)562-4111
Price: $25

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra kicks off its Boston season on October 8 at Boston’s premiere jazz venue with Jazz Americana.  The band celebrates the Boston release of the CD Deep River, showcasing Aardvark in a stellar work by guitarist and composer Richard Nelson.  Also on tap:  New Orleans jazz tunes arranged by Aardvark director Mark Harvey, Duke Ellington's raucous Second Line from his New Orleans Suite, and Billy Strayhorn’s classic Chelsea Bridge, marking the centennial of this great American composer

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

"Deep River" CD Release Concert with Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - 7:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-3747
Price: Free

A show of Jazz Americana, featuring the CD-release of Deep River by Brunswick Maine composer Richard Nelson, plus New Orleans jazz tunes arranged by Aardvark director Mark Harvey, and Billy Strayhorn’s classic Chelsea Bridge, as Aardvark marks the centennial of this great American composer.

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Kresge Auditorium @ MIT
with Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - 8:00 PM
48 Massachusetts
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-452-3205
Price: TBA

Richard Nelson performing live with Aardvark Jazz Orchestra at MIT's Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge.

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: 42nd Annual Christmas Concert - 7:30 PM
15 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
USA
617-452-3205 or 617-776-8778
Price: $20

Aardvark’s Annual Christmas concert, a signature event of the Boston holiday season, will include updated carols, Mark Harvey’s music in the spirit of the season, and excerpts from the magnificent Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker suite.

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

MIT Killian Hall
W/ Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, "Election Special" - 8:00
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-452-3205
Price: Free admission

    Aardvark continues its historic 42nd season with an election-year special November 1 at MIT’s Killian Hall.  The band takes the pulse of politics and culture with selections like DeEvolution Blues, Through the Looking Glass Blues, and Keepin' On, from the band's latest CD Impressions (Leo Records).    The social consciousness thread in jazz runs from Ellington through Mingus and on to Charlie Haden and Archie Shepp, and Aardvark has mined this important tradition for many years.

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Claremont New Hampshire 250th Anniversary Celebration - 4:00 PM
58 Opera House Square
Claremont, NH 03743
USA
(802)-738-0022
Price: TBA

Aardvark will celebrate the long tradition of jazz in Claremont with Big Band Panorama: Swing Era Classics to Modern Gems.  The city was a New Hampshire mainstay for touring bands in the Swing Era.  Pieces like Glenn Miller's Moonlight Serenade and Duke Ellington's I'm Beginning to See the Light will recall visits by those luminaries.  Aardvark will evoke the modern era with Dizzy Gillespie's Manteca and selections from the Ellington-Strayhorn Far East Suite.  The grand finale will be the world premiere of Mark Harvey’s Claremont Suite, commissioned by the City of Claremont for the occasion, to be performed by Aardvark and the Claremont Community Jazz Band.

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

42nd Season Opener and CD Release Party! - 8:00 PM
400 Soldiers Rd
Boston, MA 02135
(617)562-4111
Price: $25

Aardvark opens its 42nd season with the North American release of the band’s 12th CD, Impressions (Leo Records), featuring compositions by Aardvark music director Mark Harvey.  The band will perform selections from the new CD (The Journey, recalling struggles for school desegregation, and West End Rundown), plus a rare Django Reinhardt composition Manoir de mes Reves, arranged by Bob Brookmeyer, as well as Gerry Mulligan's seldom heard A Ballad.  Rounding out the show:  Dizzy Gillespie's Manteca and the Mary Lou Williams classic Roll 'Em.

 

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

With Aardvark Jazz Orchestra
400 Soldiers Rd
Boston, MA 02135
(617)562-4111

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Frontier Cafe
Jazz at Frontier! - 8:00 PM
14 Maine St. (Mill 3, Fort Andross)
Brunswick, Me 04011
USA
(207) 725-5222
Price: Free!

Free Jazz at Frontier in the Lounge/Restaurant area! An eclectic mixture of standards and original tunes.

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Kresge Auditorium @ MIT
with Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - 8:00 PM
48 Massachusetts
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-452-3205
Price: TBA

Richard Nelson performing live with Aardvark Jazz Orchestra at MIT's Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Frontier Cafe
Jazz at Frontier! - 8:00 PM
14 Maine St. (Mill 3, Fort Andross)
Brunswick, Me 04011
USA
(207) 725-5222
Price: Free!

Free Jazz at Frontier in the Lounge/Restaurant area! An eclectic mixture of standards and original tunes.

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Pythagoreanism and the Music of Don Stratton - 7:30 PM
Orono, Maine 04469
USA
207-581-1755
Price: $9.00

A celebration of Maine’s jazz laureate, composer/trumpeter extraordinaire Don Stratton.   Premiere of his new orchestral composition Ktaadn, a set of Don’s compositions by my Imaginary Ensemble (with Steve Grover, Tim O’Dell, Scott Kiefner, and special guests Trent Austin and Gary Wittner), and more.

 207 581 1755

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Frontier Cafe
Jazz at Frontier! - 8:00 PM
14 Maine St. (Mill 3, Fort Andross)
Brunswick, Me 04011
USA
(207) 725-5222
Price: Free!

Free Jazz at Frontier in the Lounge/Restaurant area! An eclectic mixture of standards and original tunes.

Steve Grover - Drums

Pete Herman - Guitar

Tim O'dell - Sax

Richard Nelson - Guitar

Sam Sherry - Guitar

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Emmanuel Church
with Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: 41s5 Annual Christmas Concert - 7:30 PM
15 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
USA
617-452-3205 or 617-776-8778
Price: $20

A Boston holiday tradition for more than 4 decades: music in the spirit of the season, including updated jazz carols and excerpts from the Ellington-Strayhorn Nutcracker Suite. Proceeds to benefit The Pine Street Inn.

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Frontier Cafe
Richard Nelson Imaginary Ensemble - 8:00 PM
14 Maine St. (Mill 3, Fort Andross)
Brunswick, Me 04011
USA
(207) 725-5222
Price: Free

For this ongoing series of informal jazz sets at Frontier, I’m very fortunate to be able to bring together some of the area’s finest musicians for what should be wide-ranging interpretations of familiar (and some not-so-familiar) jazz tunes.

Free Admission - All Ages - Restaurant/Lounge Area

Frank Mauceri - Saxophone

Peter Herman - Guitar

Rick Nelson - Guitar

Sam Sherry - Bass

Steve Grover - Drums

 

 

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Frontier Cafe
Richard Nelson Imaginary Ensemble - 8:00 PM
14 Maine St. (Mill 3, Fort Andross)
Brunswick, Me 04011
USA
(207) 725-5222
Price: Free

For this ongoing series of informal jazz sets at Frontier, I’m very fortunate to be able to bring together some of the area’s finest musicians for what should be wide-ranging interpretations of familiar (and some not-so-familiar) jazz tunes.

Free Admission - All Ages - Restaurant/Lounge Area

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

"Play Of Light" concert performance - 3:00 pm
555 E Connecticut Ave
Southern Pines, NC 28387
(910) 692-6261
Price: 15.00

My recent composition Play of Light for flute and harp will have its Southeastern premiere on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Weymouth Center for the Arts in Southern Pines, North Carolina.  The performance will be by the superb musicians I wrote the piece for, Peter Bloom (flute, piccolo, bass flute) and Mary Jane Rupert (harp).  If you happen to be near that neck of the woods, please stop by . . . 3:00 pm.  Much more excellent music on the program as well, featuring mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato.

 

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Eastern Connecticut State University
with Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - 8:00 PM
83 Windham Street
Willimantic, CT 06226
Price: $10

All Blues:  Music by Ellington, Mingus, Miles Davis and Mark Harvey, including the world premiere of Harvey’s “Merry Go Round,” featuring the Eastern Concert Chorale (David Belles, director) and the Eastern Thread City Jazz Ensemble (Joe Tomanelli, director).

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

MIT Killian Hall
with Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - 7:00 PM
160 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-452-3205
Price: Free

Bluesology:  Original works by Mark Harvey featuring the blues as social and political commentary in pieces such as De-Evolution Blues and Looking Glass Blues.  Also on tap:  the world premiere of Harvey’s Tritonista, the latest in a series of pieces based on the tritone, a main ingredient of modern jazz.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Frontier Cafe
Richard Nelson Imaginary Ensemble: "Standards and More" - 8:00 PM
14 Maine St. (Mill 3, Fort Andross)
Brunswick, Me 04011
USA
(207) 725-5222
Price: Free

For this ongoing series of informal jazz sets at Frontier, I’m very fortunate to be able to bring together some of the area’s finest musicians for what should be wide-ranging interpretations of familiar (and some not-so-familiar) jazz tunes.  With Peter Herman (guitar), Sam Sherry (bass) and Steve Grover (drums).

All Ages - Lounge/Restaurant area

 

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

With Aardvark: "Blues and Other Hues" - 8:00 PM
400 Soldiers Rd
Boston, MA 02135
(617)562-4111
Price: Show - $20; Dinner + Show - $60

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, one of the longest running large jazz ensembles in the world, will open its 41st season at Scullers on October 9, with a show called Blues and Other Hues. The legendary band, with vocalists Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes, will explore many shades of blues, from Duke Ellington’s classic blues Such Sweet Thunder to Mark Harvey’s Boston Boy (inspired by Boston-born jazz maven Nat Hentoff), plus Billy Strayhorn’s lush ballad Daydream, and other music spanning the Aardvark spectrum.

“Expansive harmony, brilliant music...an exceptional big band.” - CultureJazz.

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Tribute to Jazz Sirens - with the Marcia Gallagher Quartet - 7:30 PM
796 Main Street
Monmouth, ME 04259
USA
(207)933-9999
Price: $28

Marcia Gallagher, vocalist/ pianist, takes us on a journey through the stories and songs of jazz's greatest female singers. Honoring such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee, Nina Simone and Lena Horne, Tribute to Jazz Sirens features UMA faculty, Dr. Richard Nelson on guitar, Steve Grover on drums, and bassist Duane Edwards.

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Kresge Auditorium @ MIT
with Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - Echoes & Resonance, Celebrating 50 Years of Jazz at MIT - 8pm
48 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-452-3205
Price: Free



Aardvark performs on MIT's main stage in a program entitled "Echoes & Resonance" as part of the 50th Anniversary of Jazz at MIT. Music director Mark Harvey will reprise two of his major MIT commissions for the April 20th show: Beyond (written for the MIT Wind Ensemble and featuring Herb Pomeroy and Ran Blake in the premiere), andSaxophrenia (composed for the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, featuring Joe Lovano in the premiere). The concert will also invoke memories of legendary musicians and their connections to Aardvark and MIT: Jaki Byard, who performed with Aardvark in 1986 in Kresge Auditorium, and Mercer Ellington, who lectured to Mark Harvey's classes at MIT and donated his arrangement of Moon Mist to the band.


Friday, March 8th, 2013

with Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - World Premiere of Boston JazzScape - 7:30pm
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Reservations and information: 800-440-6975
Price: $18 members, seniors and students; $22 non-members

Aardvark marks the high point of its historic 40th season with the world premiere of Mark Harvey's epic new work, Boston JazzScape. Expect an exuberant display of Aardvark's "awe-inspiring audience fascination" (Downbeat) as the band delivers Harvey's exhilarating 21st century salute to Boston. This extended suite, composed over 10 years, shows off Harvey's prodigious skill in styles ranging from jazz, swing, blues, and rock to multi-stylistic mashups. The piece tells a fascinating story of Boston, from the Great Fire of 1872 to Sacco & Vanzetti to the infamous urban renewal of the West End (a precursor to the Big Dig), from Boston-born jazz maven Nat Hentoff to social crusader Kip Tiernan, from the back story of the Charlie Card to Mayor Kevin White's Summerthing.

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Amazing Things Arts Center
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra -Jazz Panorama: Basie, Ellington, Mingus & More - 2:00pm
55 Nicholas Road
Framingham, MA 01701
781.772.1945
Price: $20, $19 seniors & students, $17 Amazing Things members, $10 children under 12


To celebrate the New Year, the band will perform classics such as Come Sunday and Pork Pie Hat, counterpointed by Mark Harvey's fresh arrangements of the Latin-jazz Una Mas by Kenny Dorham and Miles Mode by John Coltrane.

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Emmanuel Church
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - 40th Annual Christmas Concert - 8pm
15 Newbury St
Boston, MA
USA
617-452-3205 or 617-776-8778
Price: $15


Aardvark gave its inaugural concert in 1973 as a Christmas benefit and has continued this holiday tradition every year since. The 40th Annual Christmas Concert, Music in the Spirit of the Season, will feature jazz updates of favorite carols such as Silent Night, Aardvark staples like Cristo Redentor and Benedictus, and Sugar Rum Cherry from the Ellington-Strayhorn Nutcracker Suite.
 
Proceeds will benefit the outreach programs of Emmanuel Church. 


Thursday, December 6th, 2012

University Of Maine Augusta - Jewett Auditorium
Sonic UMA! - 7:00
46 University Dr
Augusta, ME 04330
Price: Free

Sonic UMA!

 

Innovative contemporary music - rock, jazz, and new classical - holds forth in the second annual SONIC UMA! concert on Thursday, December 6.  An evening full of exhilarating twists and turns charts paths from the rock sounds of Radiohead and the Beatles, the jazz of Duke Ellington, on to invigorating, transcendent new classical works by Terry Riley (his pioneering minimalist piece "In C") and John Cage (celebrating his centennial year). 

         The program features UMA's Contemporary Sounds ensemble (directed by Sean Morin, Lecturer in Music) and Sonic Explorations ensemble (directed by Professor Richard Nelson).  Special guests include the Sonic UMA All-Stars (an expanded ensemble of UMA Music alumni, faculty, and friends), and Nelson's own Imaginary Ensemble.  This lively, forward-thinking evening of music is designed to illustrate both the rich connections among these diverse musical genres and the ground-breaking vitality of UMA's Contemporary Music offerings.

            The concert, part UMA Music's Fall 2012 Concert Week, begins at 7:00 pm and will be held in Jewett Hall Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations are required.

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

MIT Killian Hall
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - Satire & Salutations - 8pm
160 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-452-3205
Price: Free

Aardvark takes the post-election pulse of the country with Satire & Salutations, made possible by the DeFlorez Fund for Humor at MIT.  The band will channel the spirit of Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken through its own inimitable musical commentary on politics and culture.  

Expect a high-energy mix of Aardvark originals such as Flat Earth BoogieDe-Evolution BluesTheocracy Shuffle and No Broccoli Blues.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Aardvark's 40th Season Opener Concert & CD Release Party - 8pm
400 Soldiers Rd
Boston, MA 02135
(617)562-4111
Price: Show: $20 Dinner & Show: $62
AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA

The band will perform selections from the new disc, including an evocative modernistic treatment of the New Orleans staple Just a Closer Walk with Thee, and Mark Harvey's Rascals and Scoundrels. Aardvark vocalists Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes will be spotlighted in Basie's Every Day I Have the Blues and Ellington’s Tell Me It's the Truth. Also on tap: Harvey's Cantata Tubulidentata (The Song of the Aardvarks, honoring the band's 40-year mark) and the lush Early Autumn by Newton native Ralph Burns, a late-1940s hit for Woody Herman and the breakthrough recording for Stan Getz.


Other events in Aardvark’s 40th season: 40th Annual Christmas Concert at Emmanuel Church Boston on December 15; the world premiere of Mark Harvey’s Boston JazzScape at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts on March 8, and a show April 20 celebrating 50 years of jazz at MIT.

JazzTimes wrote, "Aardvark suggests the best and the brashest of Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, George Russell, and even Frank Zappa." With global distribution of 11 CDs and wide-ranging performances in festivals, clubs, concert halls, colleges and universities, Aardvark has been a major force in the international jazz scene for 40 years. Winner of the 2000 Independent Music Awards, the band has premiered more than 130 works for jazz orchestra. Guest artists who have appeared with Aardvark include Sheila Jordan, Dominique Eade, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Giuffre, Geri Allen, Jay Clayton, Robert Honeysucker, Walter Thompson, Rajesh Mehta, Paul Lovens, and Harvie Swartz.

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, Joe Carroll, Kenny Dorham and others. An internationally acclaimed composer, he has received awards and commissions from ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the 15th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, the MIT Wind Ensemble and Meet-the-Composer-Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Commissioning Program, among others. Commissions have featured such notables as Joe Lovano, Steve Turre, Herb Pomeroy and Ran Blake. Dr. Harvey teaches jazz studies at MIT. 

Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Dan Zupan/saxes & 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 & Grace Hughes, vocalists; Mark Harvey/trumpet, music director.

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Frontier Cafe
Frontiers of Music Concert Series: Richard Nelson Imaginary Ensemble - 7:00pm
14 Maine St. (Mill 3, Fort Andross)
Brunswick, Me 04011
USA
(207) 725-5222
Price: Name your price

Frontiers of Music Concert Series: Richard Nelson Imaginary Ensemble with Sean Morin, guitar, Noah Cole, percussion and electronics, Josh DeScherer bass.  Improvisation set.  One of several groups on the bill.  

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Marcia Gallagher Quartet in a Tribute to Jazz Sirens - 2:00pm
University Drive
Augusta, Me 04330
USA
207-621-3551
Price: Tickets are $10 for adults, students $5, 12 & under free

The "Concerts at Jewett” Series, sponsored by the University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College, will present the Marcia Gallagher Quartet in a Tribute to Jazz Sirens on Sunday, September 16, 2012, 2:00 pm at the University of Maine at Augusta, Jewett Auditorium.

Joining Marcia in this concert with commentary will be UMA musicians Rick Nelson on guitar, Steve Grover, drums, and Duane Edwards on bass. They will present an afternoon of stories and songs from jazz's greatest female singers: Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, and Lena Horne.

Tickets are $10 for adults, students $5, 12 & under free. Tickets are available at Pat 's Pizza in Augusta, Apple Valley Books in Winthrop, and at the door. Call 621-3551, or email umasc@maine.edu for more information or for mail order tickets. www.concerts@jewett.com.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Frontier Cafe
Richard Nelson Standards Project - 7:00-9:00
14 Maine St. (Mill 3, Fort Andross)
Brunswick, Me 04011
USA
(207) 725-5222
Price: Free!

Jazz standards in a small-group setting, food and drink on tap.  We’ll stretch these tunes out and see where they might take us.   Two-guitar front-line with me and Peter Herman, plus Wells Gordon on bass and Rob Duquette on drums.  These shows have been a lot of fun, and have been generating some very nice sounds.  This may be the last installment for a while--come out if you can!!

www.explorefrontier.com

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Frontier Cafe
Richard Nelson Standards Project - 7:00 - 9:00
14 Maine St. (Mill 3, Fort Andross)
Brunswick, Me 04011
USA
(207) 725-5222
Price: Free!

Jazz standards in a small-group setting, food and drink on tap.  We’ll stretch these tunes out and see where they might take us.

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Frontier Cafe
Richard Nelson Standards Project - 7:00 - 9:00
14 Maine St. (Mill 3, Fort Andross)
Brunswick, Me 04011
USA
(207) 725-5222
Price: Free!

Jazz standards in a small-group setting, food and drink on tap.  We’ll stretch these tunes out and see where they might take us.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Frontier Cafe
Richard Nelson Standards Project - 7:00 - 9:00
14 Maine St. (Mill 3, Fort Andross)
Brunswick, Me 04011
USA
(207) 725-5222
Price: Free!

Jazz standards in a small-group setting, food and drink on tap.  We’ll stretch these tunes out and see where they might take us.

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Maine Premiere: "Play of Light" for flute and harp - 5:00 pm
202 Woodford Street
Portland, Maine 04103
USA
(207) 775-3356

My recent composition "Play of Light", for flute and harp, will receive its Maine premiere as part of the Portland Conservatory's Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival.  I’m delighted that it will be performed by the outstanding Boston-based duo “2”, for whom I wrote it and who gave its world premiere in Boston in September.  (“2” is Peter Bloom, flutes, and Mary Jane Rupert, harp.)  The concert as a whole will include a diverse sampling of recent works by Maine-based composers--highly recommended.  

Here’s the program note to give you a hint of what to expect: 

 “Flutist Peter Bloom and I have been friends and musical colleagues for many years, particularly through our shared long-term membership in the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra.  So, I was delighted when Peter asked me to write a piece for him and harpist Mary Jane Rupert, providing an opportunity for us to have an artistic collaboration in the concert music realm as well.   

The resulting "Play of Light" is built around spaciousness, transparency, multi-hued shadings and playful chases.  The incorporation of bass flute and piccolo further enhance the inherently rich color possibilities of the flute/harp combination--the three flute instruments in succession form a sort of "super-flute" in the work's final section.

Drawing on Peter and Mary Jane's creative expertise and my own jazz and improvisation background, the composition leads the players into a substantial section that they complete through improvisation.  While they follow signposts on intensity, energy and pitch content that I provide, this practice nonetheless creates an element of intrigue and unpredictability that I value highly.  It also assures that each performance of the piece will have a strongly individual profile.

Many thanks to Peter and Mary Jane for their hard work in bringing this Maine premiere performance to life.”

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Frontier Cafe
Richard Nelson Standards Project - 7:00 - 9:00
14 Maine St. (Mill 3, Fort Andross)
Brunswick, Me 04011
USA
(207) 725-5222
Price: Free!

Jazz standards in a small-group setting, food and drink on tap.  We’ll stretch these tunes out and see where they might take us.

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Jewett Hall Auditorium University of Maine at Augusta
New Music UMA! - 7:00 pm
46 University Drive
Augusta, ME 04330
United States
Price: Free!

I host this concert and the program includes my "adaptable scandal" piece--see below.  

"Please join us for New Music UMA!, the first of a new series of concerts featuring fresh, original compositions, ranging from classical to contemporary jazz/fusion, from University of Maine at Augusta faculty, alumni and students.  This concert, centering on the  theme of "Tradition and Revolution," features string quartets, a film score excerpt, and new works for contemporary jazz ensembles.  Faculty compositions include Tim Weir's “revolutionary” trumpet duo and Richard Nelson's extended jazz composition "Bloated Hawks: Gluttons of Wall Street."  

 

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Frontier Cafe
Richard Nelson Standards Project - 7:00 - 9:00
14 Maine St. (Mill 3, Fort Andross)
Brunswick, Me 04011
USA
(207) 725-5222
Price: Free!

Jazz standards in a small-group setting, food and drink on tap.  We’ll stretch these tunes out and see where they might take us.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Frontier Cafe
Richard Nelson Standards Project - 7:00 - 9:00
14 Maine St. (Mill 3, Fort Andross)
Brunswick, Me 04011
USA
(207) 725-5222
Price: Free!

Jazz standards in a small-group setting, food and drink on tap.  We’ll stretch these tunes out and see where they might take us.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Blues, Ballads and Beyond - 8pm
400 Soldiers Rd
Boston, MA 02135
(617)562-4111
Price: $20

Praised for "exuberance, imagination and sheer brio" (Jazz Review, UK), the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra returns to Scullers with Blues, Ballads and Beyond:  music by jazz legends Count Basie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham and Duke Ellington, plus originals by music director Mark Harvey. 

Aardvark’s inimitable take on the blues will include Basie's "Sent for You Yesterday" and Harvey's "Blues a la Carte.”   The band will also perform Miles Davis' celebrated All Blues, in an evocative big band arrangement, along with Coltrane's spirited homage Miles Mode.  Kenny Dorham's Latin delight Una Mas will counterpoint Caravan (Duke Ellington-Juan Tizol), one of the earliest Latin/jazz blendings. 

Come celebrate Wednesday, February 22d, at 8 PM, at Scullers with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. 

Scullers Jazz Club
Doubletree Guest Suites
400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA
Admission: $20
Reservations and information: 617-562-4111 or
  scullersjazz.com.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Frontier Cafe
Richard Nelson Standards Project - 7:00-9:00
14 Maine St. (Mill 3, Fort Andross)
Brunswick, Me 04011
USA
(207) 725-5222
Price: Free!

Jazz standards in a small-group setting, food and drink on tap.  We’ll stretch these tunes out and see where they might take us.  Free admission!

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - 4:00 pm
75 Church Lane
Westport, CT 06880
phone 203 227 0827
Price: see venue link above for ticket details

A Celebration of Duke Ellington: From Standards to Sacred Music

 Aardvark will salute one of America's most prolific and honored composers, Duke Ellington, with a program of his music spanning five decades and featuring the Christ & Holy Trinity Choir. The band will perform Ellington standards such as  The Mooche, Caravan, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, and Billy Strayhorn's Daydream, with rarities such asWild Man Blues (from the Hollywood movie Paris Blues) and a segment of The River, a late Ellington suite.  

Sacred music selections will be drawn from all three Ellington Sacred Concerts, including Come Sunday, Heaven, The Lord's Prayer, and It's Freedom.  The concert is sponsored by Christ & Holy Trinity Music & the Arts.

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - 7:30 pm
619 Lexington Ave at 54th St
New York, NY 10022
Price: $20.00

Spirit Soundings

Jazz is one of the unique spiritual languages of the present age. The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will take soundings of the spirit across many styles of jazz, including iconic works by Duke Ellington. Music director Mark Harvey will offer original compositions including Blood on the Sun/New Moon Rising, a commemoration of 9/11 on the tenth anniversary of that tragic event, while his extended work No Walls evokes an exploratory and inclusive sensibility. Critics have praised Aardvark for its all-pervading honesty (Cadence), its exuberance, imagination, and sheer brio (Jazz Review), and its groundbreaking music with influences ranging from Charles Ives to Duke Ellington to John Cage and Cecil Taylor (Jazz Now). Aardvark performs stunning music that is, in turn, beautiful, poignant, and raucous (Billboard.com).

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Premiere performance of Deep River suite by Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - 7:30 pm
Lorimer Chapel, Colby College 4000 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901

        Deep River is a multi-movement suite by Richard Nelson, composed for the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, which brings a contemporary, jazz-informed lens to a diverse set of four American traditional songs of the 1920s and 1930s.  Featured songs include "Deep River Blues," originally done by the Delmore Brothers but best known in versions by Doc Watson; the energetic "Old Country Stomp" from a recording by the itinerant Texan, Henry Thomas, complete with transcription of a rare "quills" solo (here played on piccolo); an out-of-the-ordinary fiddle tune called "Wake Up Jacob" recorded by Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers; and the bluesy, troubled, "Make Me a Pallet on your Floor," associated with Mississippi John Hurt.  Deep River treats these inspired, historically rich songs at times abstractly, at times as springboards for Aardvark's inventive improvisers, and finally in surprising though recognizable settings featuring Aardvark's outstanding vocalists Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes. 

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Contemporary Chamber Music @ Church of the Advent
World premiere! "Play of Light" for flute and harp - 8:00
Church of the Advent. 30 Brimmer St.
Boston, MA 02108
Price: $10.00 suggested donation

Library at Church of the Advent.

"Play of Light" is built around spacious, transparent, multi-hued shadings and playful chases.   The rich color possibilities of the flute/harp combination are further enhanced by the incorporation of both bass flute and piccolo--the three flute instruments in succession form a sort of "super-flute" in the work's final section.  Drawing on the expertise of his collaborators Peter Bloom and Mary Jane Rupert (the acclaimed duo "2") and his own jazz and improvisation background, Nelson leads the players into a substantial section of the piece that they complete through improvisation--thus different in every performance.

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Room
Side Door Cafe Benefit Concert - 7:30
23 Pleasant Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-5242
Price: Donation

Acoustic/electric duo with vocalist-guitarist Dan Nelson (yes, he’s my son)—our contemporary take on American traditional songs, plus a few of Dan’s originals.  Benefit for the wonderful Side Door Café, one of Dan’s early venues, recently damaged in a fire.  Multiple performers . . . we play last, probably after 8:30.

 

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Dimensions in Jazz--Woodfords Church
Richard Nelson Imaginary Ensemble - 8:00 pm
202 Woodford St
Portland, ME 04103

Pursuit cd release gig!  Plus: . . . expect an eclectic mix ranging from original contemporary jazz to fresh and unique interpretations of American traditional songs . . . for several tunes, the band will include vocalist/guitarist/folk music specialist Dan Nelson (who also happens to be Richard’s son).  Alongside Richard's polystylistic original compositions (merging jazz, contemporary classical and indie rock influences), look for South African jazz as well as contemporary treatments of American traditional songs associated with performers such as Mississippi John Hurt and Roscoe Holcomb.  Superb bandmates include saxophonist Tim O’Dell, bassist Jim Lyden and drummer Steve Grover.  

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Kresge Auditorium MIT
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - 8:00pm
Boston, MA

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Eastern Connecticut State University
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - Mary Lou Williams Celebration - 7:00 pm
Willimantic, CT 06226

A Mary Lou Williams Celebration, joining with the ECSU choir on the "Gloria" from Mary Lou's Mass, while we perform  wide array of MLW music.

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

St. John's Episcopal Church
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - Mardi Gras Show - 4:00 pm
Beverly, MA

A New Orleans/Mardi Gras theme with pieces such as "NOLA," "St. James Infirmary," and others.

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - 8pm
400 Soldiers Rd
Boston, MA 02135
(617)562-4111

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Emmanuel Church
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - Christmas Concert - 8pm
Boston, MA

Our annual Christmas Concert, part of Emmanuel  Church's celebration of it's 150th anniversary.

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Frontier Cafe
Richard Nelson Imaginary Ensemble - 7:00 pm
Brunswick, Me
USA
Price: 10/12

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

MIT Killian Hall
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - Election Special - 7:30 pm
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-452-3205

Our biennial Election Special, with such favorites as "Big Oil Tango" and "March of the Booboisie," plus the ever-relevant "Scamology" on the bill

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

MIT Killian Hall
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra kicks off its 38th season with cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum with SPOKE-A-PHONIC - 8:00pm
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-452-3205
Price: $15 suggested donation
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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra with Taylor Ho Bynum, cornet SPOKE-A-PHONICAardvark Jazz Orchestra kicks off its 38th season with 
cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum with SPOKE-A-PHONIC

Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Killian Hall, MIT, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
Suggested donation:  $15
Information:  617-452-3205

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra joins forces with cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, a rising star of the international avant-garde, to open the band’s 38th season with SPOKE-A-PHONIC.  This concert will be the Boston spoke of Bynum’s Acoustic Bicycle Tour of New England, a two-week, carbon-neutral tour of all six New England states as Bynum appears with diverse artists including saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton and operatic soprano Lisa Saffer. 

The show will include Bynum's Choices, a concerto for trumpet and jazz orchestra featuring Mark Harvey on trumpet, as well as the premieres of two works by Harvey: Constant Contact and Vuvuzela Nightmare.

Cornetist/composerTaylor Ho Bynum’s expansive resume includes collaborations with both his contemporaries and legendary figures alike, most notably the iconic saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton, with whom he has performed and recorded extensively over the past decade. Bynum’s most recent releases as a leader/co-leader include Tomas Fujiwara & Taylor Ho Bynum’s Stepwise (NotTwo Records), Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings’ Madeleine Dreams (Firehouse 12 Records), Positive Catastrophe’s Garabatos Volume One(Cuneiform Records), The Thirteenth Assembly’s (un)sentimental (Important Records), and the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet’s Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths.

He is also a member of such groups as The Open Circuit International Trumpet Ensemble, Myra Melford’s Happy Whistlings, The Convergence Quartet, Jason Kao Hwang’s Edge, the Joe Morris Bass Quartet and the large ensembles of Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor. In addition, he is a curator and vice president of Dave Douglas’ Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music), a partner in Firehouse 12 Records, and the president of Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation.  Learn more athttp://www.taylorhobynum.com 

Critics have called Bynum "a young brass master and compelling composer" (Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix), "a remarkable writer, improviser and bandleader" (Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com) and "one of the most exciting figures in jazz's new power generation" (Steve Dollar, Time Out Chicago). The Chicago Reader's Peter Margasak writes, "Taylor Ho Bynum cemented his reputation as one of the most compelling and progressive trumpeters and bandleaders currently active, at home in every corner of the creative-music map."

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Jazz featuring Acoustic Bicycle Touring Artist: Taylor Ho Bynum - 7pm
34 Maine St
Kennebunkport, ME 04046
USA
(800) 950-2117
Price: no cover

(800) 950-2117  Article detailing the incredible journey or Taylor Ho Bynum here:

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=62715

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Kresge Auditorium MIT
Democratic Vistas? - Ellington Extrapolations & “Social Significance” Works by Mark Harvey - 8 PM
Boston, MA
Price: Free

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra presents a concert titled “Democratic Vistas?”  Mark Harvey and Aardvark will celebrate Duke Ellington’s birthday by honoring his tradition of “social significance” compositions.   Original works in this vein by Harvey will include the premiere of “Main Man” for noted impresario Fred Taylor, “Boston Boy,” for the late Nat Hentoff, and premieres of contemporary tone-parallels such as “Fake News Blewz,” “Swamp-a-rama,” and “Waltz of the Oligarchs.”  Also on the program, a reading from Walt Whitman’s “Democratic Vistas,” and a performance of Harvey’s anthem of hope and inclusivity “No Walls.”

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