Highlights of upcoming events include:
January 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm: Aardvark Jazz Orchestra performs Jazz Panorama: Basie, Ellington, Mingus and More at Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA 01701. Admission: $20, $19 seniors & students, $17 Amazing Things members, $10 children under 12. Information:
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.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm. Members of Aardvark in FiLmprov perform live improvised music to animated films of Kate Matson at Killian Hall, MIT, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142. Admission: Free. Information:
Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm: Aardvark Jazz Orchestra performs the World Premiere of Boston JazzScape at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Remis Auditorium, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115. Admission:
Aardvark marks the high point of its historic 40th season with the world premiere of Mark Harvey’s epic new work, Boston JazzScape. 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 honors Boston’s history, 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.
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm: Aardvark Jazz Orchestra performs Echoes & Resonance, Celebrating 50 Years of Jazz at MIT at Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, MA. Free Admission. Information:
Aardvark performs on MIT's main stage as part of the 50th Anniversary of Jazz at MIT. In a show called Echoes & Resonance, music director Mark Harvey will reprise two of his major MIT commissions:
A major force in the international jazz scene for 40 years, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is one of the longest running large jazz ensembles in North America. With wide-ranging performances in concert halls, festivals, clubs, museums, churches and other venues, the band has premiered more than 150 works for jazz orchestra. Guest artists who have appeared with Aardvark include jazz luminaries Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Giuffre, Geri Allen, Lewis Porter, Vinny Golia, Dominique Eade, Jay Clayton, Paul Lovens, Rajesh Mehta, Matt Savage and Walter Thompson. The band's latest CD, Evocations, was named in The New York City Jazz Record as one of the magazine's picks for Best of 2012 New Releases. Evocations is the Aardvark’s 11th recording and its 6th CD on Leo Records, a leading independent label whose catalogue includes such revered artists as Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Anthony Braxton and The Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Aardvark 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);
Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Dan Zupan/saxes & woodwinds; K.C. Dunbar, Jeanne Snodgrass, Taylor Ho Bynum/trumpets;