Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 8:00p -
Scullers Jazz Club, Doubletree Suites
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02134
Alcohol, Date Idea, Food, Music, Nightlife, Performing Arts
The internationally acclaimed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra opens its 44th season with a high-energy show at Scullers Jazz Club featuring the world premiere of Mark Harvey’s Northeast Express, a rollicking shuffle blues evoking the roar and romance of trains for more than a century along the Northeast Corridor. Also on tap: music from Aardvark’s latest CD, Passages, on the Leo Records label (highlights from the disc include Mark Harvey's Saxophrenia and his piece Spaceways, for Sun Ra), plus the Duke Ellington-Juan Tizol classic Caravan and the Duke Ellington-Johnny Hodges ballad Jeep's Blues. Scullers is located at Doubletree Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA. Tickets: $25. Reservations and information: 617-562-4111
Hailed as a "bracing walk on the wild side of the big band spectrum" (JazzTimes) and called "very hip, very creative" (The Boston Globe), 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.