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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Founded in 1973, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra has been a force in the international jazz scene for more than 50 years. Aardvark is one of the longest-running large jazz ensembles in the world. The band is well known for its wide-ranging shows, from new music by founder/director Mark Harvey to classics and rarities by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and other jazz legends. Aardvark has given premieres of more than 175 works for jazz orchestra, performs widely, and appears on 16 CDs, including 10 discs from Leo Records, one of the world’s leading adventuresome music labels. Guest artists who have appeared with Aardvark include jazz luminaries Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Giuffre, Geri Allen, Jay Clayton, Ricky Ford, Raj Mehta, Dominique Eade, and Lewis Porter, to name a few.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz Meets Folk, Folk Meets Jazz

Read "Jazz Meets Folk, Folk Meets Jazz" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show looks at some of the many cross-pollinations between jazz and folk music. There are jazz musicians like Dave Brubeck and Dave Douglas dabbling in folk forms and folk musicians like Pentangle and Dave Van Ronk exercising their jazz chops. There are also pieces based on folk musics outside of the usual Anglo-American axis.

Article: Album Review

The Mark Harvey Group: A Rite for All Souls

Read "A Rite for All Souls" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Due anni pima di dar vita alla sua creatura per eccellenza, l'Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, il trombettista bostoniano Mark Harvey si era reso protagonista alla testa del suo quartetto dell'epoca della memorabile performance oggi quanto mai meritoriamente dissotterrata dall'oblio grazie all'Americas Musicwords. Era il 31 ottobre 1971 allorché all'Old West Church di Boston andava in scena questo ...

Article: Album Review

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Democratic Vistas

Read "Democratic Vistas" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il titolo della nona incisione dell' Aardvark Jazz Orchestra per la Leo (il 15mo disco in 46 anni di attività!) riprende quello di un saggio di Walt Whitman del 1871 che denunciava la corruzione politica e la decadenza morale dell'epoca tardo vittoriana. È l'annuncio di un disco “politico," che il leader della formazione ...

Article: Multiple Reviews

Nuove esplorazioni dell'Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Read "Nuove esplorazioni dell'Aardvark Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

I due ultimi album dell'Aardvark Jazz Orchestra confermano il versatile e poliedrico approccio del suo fondatore e leader, Mark Harvey. In una carriera di oltre quattro decenni la formazione bostoniana ha mostrato di operare con competenza e creatività in tutto l'arco dell'orchestrazione jazz: da rivisitazioni ellingtoniane a esplorazioni post-free, in sintesi tra momenti cameristici e libere ...



Label: Leo Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Impressions; Urban Renewal / Loss & Lament; Vistas; The Journey; Passione; Elemental; Neanderthaleology.


Article: Album Review

Richard Nelson / Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Deep River

Read "Deep River" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The inspiration for jazz composition and improvisation can come from almost anywhere. For guitarist/composer Richard Nelson it was American roots music that he played with his then 12-year-old son who had developed an intense connection to the old tunes and players. The jazz suite Deep River is the result of experiencing this music with ...


Article: Album Review

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Impressions

Read "Impressions" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Prossimo ai settanta Mark Harvey continua a guidare l'Aardvark Jazz Orchestra che ha fondato 42 anni fa. La formazione è poco nota fuori degli Stati Uniti ma vanta un percorso glorioso, documentato da dodici album, di cui sette incisi per la Leo Records. Nel corso della sua storia ha ospitato musicisti di primo piano come Jaki ...

News: Performance / Tour

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra 41st Season To Feature Blues, Opening Show Oct 9, Scullers Boston

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra 41st Season To Feature Blues, Opening Show Oct 9, Scullers Boston

Praised for “spirited composition and inspired playing” (Jazz Alchemist - Poland) and called “spellbinding” (The Boston Globe), the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, one of the longest running large jazz ensembles in the world, will celebrate its 41st season with a series of Fall 2013 concerts featuring Blues and Other Hues. The venerable orchestra, led by award-winning composer ...


News: Event

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: World Premiere Of "Boston JazzScape" on March 8, 2013

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra:  World Premiere Of "Boston JazzScape" on March 8, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm Museum of Fine Arts Remis Auditorium 465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA Admission: $20 members, seniors and students $25 non-members Reservations: 800-440-6975 The internationally acclaimed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra marks the high point of its historic 40th season with ...


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