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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra Continues Landmark 40th Season at MIT Cambridge Kresge Auditorium, April 20
The legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, one of the longest running large jazz ensembles in the world (Mark Harvey founder/music director) will celebrate 50 years of jazz at MIT on April 20 at 8 pm, Kresge Auditorium, 77 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA.
In the April 20 show, Aardvark music director Mark Harvey will reprise two of his major MIT commissions:
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. 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. Aardvark has been hailed as "a bracing walk on the wild side of the big band spectrum" (JazzTimes) and has been praised for "expansive harmony, brilliant music...discipline, openness, and freedom" (CultureJazz.Fr - France).
Aardvark’s latest CD, Evocations (Leo Records), was named by The New York City Jazz Record as one of the magazine’s picks for Best of 2012.
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;
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is managed exclusively by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte, managing director, telephone: 888-887-