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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra Salutes Ellington at Emmanuel Church Boston, A Jazz Boston Kickoff Event

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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (38th season, Mark Harvey Music Director) celebrates Duke Ellington at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116, on Saturday April 30, 2011 at 8:00 pm. Tickets: $15. Call 617 776 8778. The show is a Weekend Kickoff Event in Jazz Boston's Jazz Week.

Expect an exhilarating mix of classics and rarities from Ellington's 5 decades of composing, including The Mooche, Solitude, Caravan, Wild Man Blues (from the major motion picture Paris Blues), and Billy Strayhorn's Daydream. Sacred music will be drawn from the Second Sacred Concert, performed by Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
and His Orchestra at Emmanuel Church in 1969, including Heaven, It's Freedom, The Shepherd, and Praise God and Dance. Guest vocalist Dominique Eade
Dominique Eade
Dominique Eade
b.1958
vocalist
and guest narrator Robert Honeysucker will join Aardvark vocalists Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes in featured roles. With global distribution of 10 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 almost 40 years. JazzTimes called Aardvark “a bracing walk on the wild side of the big band spectrum...Aardvark suggests the best and the brashest of Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
1922 - 1979
bass, acoustic
, Gil Evans
Gil Evans
Gil Evans
1912 - 1988
composer/conductor
, George Russell
George Russell
George Russell
1923 - 2009
piano
, and even Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa
1940 - 1993
guitar, electric
."

Now in its 38th season, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is known for its exhilarating concerts spanning the jazz and American music spectrum. Winner of the Independent Music Awards, the band has released 10 CDs to international critical acclaim, including 5 discs on the Leo Records Label. Aardvark has performed all-Ellington concerts for two decades throughout New England, including a major performance at MIT for the Ellington Centennial (1999), recorded by WGBH radio with portions later released on the Aardvark CD Duke Ellington/ Sacred Music (Aardmuse). Music director Mark Harvey
Mark Harvey
Mark Harvey

trumpet
has transcribed many Ducal works, and has written and lectured about Ellington for many years. His review of Harvey G. Cohen's monumental new book Duke Ellington's America (Chicago) will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of American Music. In 1989, Harvey co-produced an Ellington Sacred Concert at Boston Symphony Hall performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington
Mercer Ellington
Mercer Ellington
1919 - 1996
trumpet
. In 1974, Harvey was an usher at Ellington's funeral.

Mark Harvey and Aardvark have enjoyed a long relationship with Emmanuel Church. The band was in residence from 1974 to 1992, and over the past decade has resumed its Annual Christmas Benefit Concert tradition at Emmanuel. Harvey based his Jazz/Arts Ministry and the affiliated Jazz Coalition there in the 1970s and 1980s, presenting concerts, liturgies, festivals and major events such as Mary Lou Williams
Mary Lou Williams
Mary Lou Williams
1910 - 1981
piano
' Mass (1976) and the world premiere of George Russell's The African Game (1983).

Jazz vocalist Dominique Eade has been praised by New York Times Magazine as “an impossibly versatile vocalist, composer, lyricist and instrumental arranger." She has been a clinician and performer throughout the United States and Europe. She has performed extensively with Ran Blake and with other notables including Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
b.1945
reeds
, Bill Frisell, Cecil McBee
Cecil McBee
Cecil McBee
b.1935
bass, acoustic
, Gene Bertoncini
Gene Bertoncini
Gene Bertoncini
b.1937
guitar
, Bill Pierce
Bill Pierce
Bill Pierce
b.1948
sax, tenor
, Billy Drummond
Billy Drummond
Billy Drummond
b.1959
drums
, Larry Goldings
Larry Goldings
Larry Goldings
b.1968
keyboard
, John Medeski
John Medeski
John Medeski

keyboard
, Bob Moses
Bob Moses
Bob Moses
b.1948
drums
, Mick Goodrick
Mick Goodrick
Mick Goodrick
b.1945
guitar, electric
, Donald Brown
Donald Brown
b.1954
, Ben Street
Ben Street
Ben Street

bass
, Kenny Wolesson and Fred Hersch
Fred Hersch
Fred Hersch
b.1955
piano
. She can be heard on RCA Victor, Accurate, and other labels.

Baritone Robert Honeysucker is recognized internationally for his brilliant opera, concert and recital performances. He has performed in the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East. Honored as the Boston Globe's Musician of the Year in 1995, Mr. Honeysucker has been a winner of the National Opera Association Artists Competition and a recipient of the Jacopo Peri Award. He has performed with opera companies in Boston, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Tulsa, and Fort Worth, and in opera houses in Auckland, NZ; Berlin, and Linz, Austria. Orchestral performances have included appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Kurt Mazur); the Salt Lake Symphony (Keith Lockhart); the Pittsburgh Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas); other U.S. orchestras; and symphonies in Japan. Mr. Honeysucker's discography includes five Videmus discs, a CD recently released by the Jubilee Trio titled Let's Have a Union (Brave Records), and featured roles on the Centaur, Ongaku and Titanic labels.

With global distribution of 10 CDs and wide-ranging performances in festivals, clubs, concert halls, colleges and universities, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra has been a major force in the international jazz scene for almost 40 years. Winner of the 2000 Independent Music Awards, the band is known for its exhilarating concerts spanning the jazz spectrum, from original works by founder/music director Mark Harvey to the music of Duke Ellington and other jazz greats to performances with film, dance, and poetry. Now in its 38th season, Aardvark has premiered more than 120 works for jazz orchestra and has released 10 CDs to rave reviews around the globe, including 5 discs on the prestigious Leo Records label. The band's latest release, American Agonistes was hailed as “a stunning hour of music that is in turn beautiful, poignant and raucous" (Billboard.com). Guest artists who've appeared with Aardvark include Sheila Jordan
Sheila Jordan
Sheila Jordan
b.1928
vocalist
, Jaki Byard
Jaki Byard
Jaki Byard
1922 - 1999
piano
, Jimmy Giuffre
Jimmy Giuffre
Jimmy Giuffre
1921 - 2008
clarinet
, Geri Allen
Geri Allen
Geri Allen
b.1957
piano
, Jay Clayton
Jay Clayton
Jay Clayton
b.1941
vocalist
, Walter Thompson, Taylor Ho Bynum, Rajesh Mehta, Paul Lovens
Paul Lovens
Paul Lovens
b.1949
, and Harvie Swartz.

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); and performed with Gil Evans, Claudio Roditi
Claudio Roditi
Claudio Roditi
b.1946
trumpet
, Howard McGhee
Howard McGhee
Howard McGhee
1918 - 1987
trumpet
, Sam Rivers
Sam Rivers
Sam Rivers
1923 - 2011
sax, tenor
, Joe Carroll
Joe Carroll
b.1919
, Kenny Dorham and others. An internationally acclaimed composer with over 120 works in his catalogue, he has received awards and commissions from ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the 15th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, the MIT Wind Ensemble and Meet-the-Composer-Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Commissioning Program, among others. Commissions have featured such notables as Joe Lovano, Steve Turre
Steve Turre
Steve Turre
b.1948
trombone
, Herb Pomeroy
Herb Pomeroy
Herb Pomeroy
b.1930
trumpet
and Ran Blake
Ran Blake
Ran Blake
b.1935
piano
. Dr. Harvey teaches jazz studies at MIT.

Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter H. Bloom, Phil Scarff
Phil Scarff
Phil Scarff
b.1956
saxophone
, Chris Rakowski, Dan Zupan/saxophones & woodwinds; K.C. Dunbar, Jeanne Snodgrass/trumpets; Bob Pilkington, Jay Keyser/trombones; Jeff Marsanskis, Bill Lowe
Bill Lowe
Bill Lowe

trombone
/bass trombones, tuba; Richard Nelson/guitar; John Funkhouser
John Funkhouser
John Funkhouser
b.1966
piano
/string bass; Harry Wellott/drums; Jerry Edwards/vocalist; Mark Harvey/trumpet, music director.


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