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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: 40th Season Opener and CD Release Party
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: 40th Season Opener and CD Release Party, with vocalists Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes. Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 8:00 pm. Scullers Jazz Club, Doubletree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02134.
Praised for "exuberance, imagination and sheer brio" (Jazz Review UK), the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra kicks off its historic 40th season at Scullers with an exhilarating show spanning the Aardvark spectrum, from originals by director Mark Harvey to music from the Basie, Ellington, and Woody Herman bands. http://www.aardvarkjazz.com
The show will celebrate the release of Aardvark's 11th CD, "Evocations"
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 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.
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);
Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Dan Zupan/saxes & woodwinds; K.C. Dunbar, Jeanne Snodgrass/trumpets;