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Praised for "exuberance, imagination and sheer brio" (Jazz Review, UK), the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra returns to Scullers with Blues, Ballads and Beyond: music by jazz legends Count Basie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham and Duke Ellington, plus originals by music director Mark Harvey. Aardvark’s inimitable take on the blues will include Basie's "Sent for You Yesterday" and Harvey's "Blues a la Carte.” The band will also perform Miles Davis' celebrated All Blues, in an evocative big band arrangement, along with Coltrane's spirited homage Miles Mode. Kenny Dorham's Latin delight Una Mas will counterpoint Caravan (Duke Ellington-Juan Tizol), one of the earliest Latin/jazz blendings.

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, Gil Evans, George Russell, and even Frank Zappa.” The Boston Phoenix called the band “one of the great idiosyncratic treasures of the Boston music scene” and Downbeat marveled at their “awe-inspiring audience fascination.”

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is known for its exhilarating concerts spanning the jazz, blues, and American music spectrum. Winner of the 2000 Independent Music Awards, the band has premiered more than 130 works for jazz orchestra. Of the band’s 10 CDs, five are on the Leo Records, one of the world’s leading adventurous music labels. Guest artists who've appeared with Aardvark include Sheila Jordan, Dominique Eade, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Giuffre, Geri Allen, Jay Clayton, Robert Honeysucker, Walter Thompson, Rajesh Mehta, Paul Lovens, and Harvie Swartz.

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