15 Newbury St
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Aardvark performs Ellington standards and sacred music at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, on April 30, 2011 at 8 pm. Special guests: Dominique Eade & Robert Honeysucker. $15 admission. 617 776 8778.

The band will perform 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 and His Orchestra at Emmanuel Church in 1969, including Heaven, It's Freedom, The Shepherd, and Praise God and Dance. Guest vocalist Dominique Eade and guest narrator Robert Honeysucker will join Aardvark vocalists Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes in featured roles.

The concert is a Weekend Kickoff Event in Jazz Boston's Jazz Week, celebrating Duke Ellington’s birthday (April 29) and the 150th year of Emmanuel Church.

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. Music director Mark Harvey 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. In 1974, Harvey was an usher at Ellington's funeral.

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, Bill Frisell, Cecil McBee, Gene Bertoncini, Bill Pierce, Billy Drummond, Larry Goldings, John Medeski, Bob Moses, Mick Goodrick, Donald Brown, Ben Street, Kenny Wolesson and Fred Hersch. 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.

Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter H. Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Dan Zupan/saxes & woodwinds; K.C. Dunbar, Jeanne Snodgrass/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/vocalist; Mark Harvey/trumpet, music director.

Rebecca DeLamotte, managing director, 617-776-8778. Email: [email protected] and visit our websites: www.americasmusicworks.com and www.aardvarkjazz.com

Added by delamotterd on April 18, 2011

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