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Mark Harvey

Mark Harvey, Lecturer in Music. Ph.D., Boston University, is a trumpeter, composer, and the music director of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. His original compositions can be heard on Nine Winds, Leo, Leo Lab, and Aardmuse.

He has performed in America, Germany, and Mexico, appeared with Howard McGhee, Sheila Jordan, Gil Evans, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Giuffre, and Vinny Golia, recorded with George Russell (Blue Note) and Baird Hersey (Arista/Novus), and led improvisational ensembles in creating sound tracks for three films in the historic "Treasures from the American Film Archives" DVD sets.

He has received fellowships from the Whiting Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, commissions from the Meet the Composer/Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Commissioning Project in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, the 15th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, the MIT Wind Ensemble and Festival Jazz Ensemble, and awards from the Artists' Foundation, ASCAP, and the Independent Music Awards


Faces Of Souls

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Meldtown; Sisyphus; Consecration; Greta; Of The People; Lament for the City; Faces of Souls.


A Rite for All Souls

Label: Americas Musicworks
Released: 2020
Track listing: (CD 1): Invocation/introit; Recitation (Spel Against Demons); Fanfare; Recitation (The Second Coming); The Falconer; The Falcon; Recitation (Orpheus); The Soul of Charon; (CD 2): Prelude; Recitation (Napalm: Rice Paper); Rite for the Souls of the Children; Coda; The Rite continued; The Rite concluded.


A Rite for All Souls, The Mark Harvey Group

Label: Americas Musicworks
Released: 2020
Track listing: Disc 1, Track 1, duration=14:15 00:00 - Invocation/introit; 09:33 - Recitation (Ellis): Spel Against Demons. Disc 1, Track 2, duration=01:44 00:00 - Fanfare. Disc 1, Track 3, duration=33:01 00:00 - Recitation (Standish): The Second Coming; 02:01 - The Falconer; 12:58 - The Falcon; 28:26 - Recitation (Bloom): Orpheus; 31:08 - The Soul of Charon. Disc 2, Track 1, duration=27:08 00:00 - Prelude to Napalm: Rice Paper; 05:55 - Recitation (Ellis): Napalm: Rice Paper; 07:12 - Rite for the souls of the Children; 25:11 - Coda. Disc 2, Track 2, duration=09:41 00:00 - The Rite continued. Disc 2, Track 3, duration=11:08 00:00 - The Rite concluded.


Faces of Souls, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Meltdown 2. Sisyphus 3. Consecreation 4. Greta 5. Of the People 6. Lament for the City 7. Faces of Souls

Article: Album Review

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Faces Of Souls

Read "Faces Of Souls" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Si avvicina al cinquantesimo anno di attività l'Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, fondata nel 1973 da Mark Harvey e ancora diretta dall'inossidabile trombettista, compositore e bandleader di Boston. In questo nuovo disco--il decimo pubblicato con la Leo Records e registrato live in varie occasioni--ritroviamo il consueto eclettismo della formazione, capace di passare da quadri in libera improvvisazione a ...

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 ...


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Mark Harvey Group: A Rite for All Souls

Read "A Rite for All Souls" reviewed by Troy Dostert

There are certain crises in which “mere" protest just doesn't seem sufficient. Whether talking about climate change, the seemingly unceasing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq or (to take 2020's signature example) the ongoing challenges of racism in the criminal justice system, the perceived need to resort to something more dramatic than voting or taking part in ...


Democratic Vistas

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: 1. Franklin's Wager 2. Dreaming 3. Samba313 4. De-Evolution Blues 5 through 14 The Swamp-a-Rama Suite 15. No Walls (Prelude) 16. No Walls (Finale)

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 ...


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