Illustrious Aardvark Jazz Orchestra to Release New CD, Passages - Show to Feature Music by Music Director Mark Harvey

Called “stunningly beautiful and adventurous” (New York City Jazz Record), the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra continues its 43rd season with the release of the band’s 14th CD, Passages, featuring works by founder and music director Mark Harvey. “Aardvark Jazz Orchestra proves once more its reputation as one of the best jazz ensembles in the world.” (Jazz Podium, Germany).

Cambridge, MA, April 11, 2016 --( Praised for “exuberance, imagination and sheer brio” (Jazz Review, UK) and called “captivating” (Jazz Improv), "stunning" ( and “spellbinding” (The Boston Globe), The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra celebrates the release of the band’s 14th CD, Passages (Leo Records), at MIT Kresge Auditorium, 77 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA on April 16 at 8 pm. Free admission. Information 617 776 8778.

Jazz Podium (Germany) called the disc “fresh….unconventional….Aardvark Jazz Orchestra proves once more its reputation as one of the best jazz ensembles in the world,” while Jazz Views (UK) praised the “highly imaginative and varied music which is marvelously suggestive of its themes….The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra play beautifully all the way through the album. It speaks an extraordinary dialectic, harmonious though bizarrely ruminating. Exceptional music indeed.”

In the April 16 show, Aardvark will perform the centerpiece of the new CD, Commemoration (Boston 2013), a tribute to the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy. In addition, Harvey will present Dreaming (2014) and No Walls (2004), and premieres of his latest works Fluctuations and By the Way.

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; Rob Bethel, cello; Hollis Headrick/drums; Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes, vocalists; Mark Harvey/trumpet, music director.

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is managed by Americas Musicworks.
Americas Musicworks
Rebecca DeLamotte
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