40th Season! Celebrates 50 Years of Jazz at MIT
April 20, 2013
Praised for “wit, imagination and sheer brio” (Jazz Review UK) and called “captivating, highly recommended” (Jazz Imrpov), The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will continue its historic 40th season with a show called Echoes & Resonance on Saturday April 20 at 8:00 pm on MIT's main stage at Kresge Auditorium, Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139. The show will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jazz at MIT. Free Admission. For information: 617-452-3205.
In the April 20 show, Aardvark music director Mark Harvey will reprise two of his major MIT commissions: Beyond (written for the MIT Wind Ensemble and featuring Herb Pomeroy and Ran Blake in the premiere), and Saxophrenia (composed for the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, featuring Joe Lovano in the premiere). In addition, the concert will honor legendary musicians and their connections to Aardvark and MIT: Jaki Byard, who performed with Aardvark in 1986 in Kresge Auditorium, and Mercer Ellington, who lectured to Mark Harvey's classes at MIT and donated his arrangement of Moon Mist to the band. Also on tap: Harvey’s recent composition Boston Boy inspired by renowned jazz writer Nat Hentoff. Hentoff was a fledgling jazz announcer in Boston just as Herb Pomeroy, father of jazz at MIT, was beginning his illustrious career.
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’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); and performed with Gil Evans, Claudio Roditi, Howard McGhee, Sam Rivers, Joe Carroll, Kenny Dorham and others. A world-renowned composer, he has received awards and commissions from ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the 15th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, 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, Herb Pomeroy and Ran Blake. Dr. Harvey teaches jazz studies and composition at MIT. He is a founding board member of the nonprofit jazz advocacy organization JazzBoston.
Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Dan Zupan/saxes & woodwinds; K.C. Dunbar, Jeanne Snodgrass, Taylor Ho Bynum/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 & Grace Hughes, vocalists; Mark Harvey/trumpet, music director.
Aardvark is managed exclusively by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte, director. Telephone: 617 776 8778.