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Novel Jazz Septet Concerts, 2018

"Duke & Swee'Pea- Love You Madly"


 Our 2018 show covers tunes from the Ellington Band  between the 1920's to the 1970's, with classic jazz compositions from these iconic composers, both standards and lesser-known gems.  We have tunes lined-up that were written to feature many of the instrumental voices of the Ellington orchestra.  The instrumental configuration of the Novel Jazz septet (three horns with a four piece rhythm section) was Ellington's favorite small band combination for those times when he wasn't composing for the 18 piece orchestra. 

Terry Teachout remarked in his brilliant biography of Duke1, "Unlike many artists who won fame during their lifetimes, Ellington underwent no posthumous decline in his reputation.  He is universally acknowledged as the greatest composer in the history of jazz and, increasingly, as one of the greatest of any kind in the history of American music, as well as a peerlessly creative big-band orchestrator, a pianist of formidible originality, and an enduring exemplar of black accomplishment and pride."  Strayhorn's talents were equally laudible.  As the author, David Hajdu, put it in his book, Lushlife2, “Billy Strayhorn was one of the greatest composers in the history of American music, the creator of a body of work that includes such standards as “Take the ‘A’ Train”. Yet all his life Strayhorn was overshadowed by his friend and collaborator Duke Ellington, with whom he worked for three decades as the Ellington Orchestra’s ace songwriter.” 

Our 2018 Ellington & Strayhorn shows will highlight each composer, together and separately.  We look forward to seeing you at our shows!   (Always contact venues in advance to confirm times, directions, ticket details, etc.).   

 1 Teachout, Terry.  2013. Duke- A life of Duke Ellington.  Gotham Books, New York. 483pp.

2  Hajdu, David. 1996. Lush Life- A biography of Billy Strayhorn.  North Point Press, New York.  308pp.

Novel Jazz Septet Dates  for 2018 

Novel Jazz Septet Dates  for 2018       Version 6-30-18

(*= GAS (Great American Songbook

** Ellington &Strayhorn shows)

Date                        Where                               Time 

Thur 13 Jan      UU Church, Brunswick **         7:30PM    

Fri 9 Feb          Skidompha Library, Damariscotta*  7PM  

Fri 27 April       Skidompha Lib., Damariscotta*  (Jazz Appreciation Month [JAM!] & Duke B-day)   7PM

Thu 31 Jul       Camden Library Camden**       7PM    

Sat 4 Aug       Chebeague Methodist Church, Chebeague Island**    7PM 

Fri 10 Aug       Skidompha Lib., Damariscotta** 7PM

Tues 21 Aug     St. Andrews Village, Boothbay Hbr **  2PM

Sat 8 Sept       Vienna Union Hall,Vienna**       7PM    

Fri 14 Sept       Frontier Café, Brunswick **       8PM     

Sat 15 Sept     Trinitarian Church, Castine**    7:00PM  

Fri 9 Nov         Skidompha Lib., Damariscotta*   7PM 

   The St Andrews event is free, however for planning purposes, please call 633-0920 to attend.

Barney Balch and Friends;  Dates for 2018

Date              Where                               Time

Sat 10 Mar    Novel Jazz Trio, Benefit; 1812 Farm, Bristol*        6:30PM

Sat 5 May & Sun 6 May     Handel’s Israel in Egypt (classical Orchestra w/ St Cecilia and Sheepscot Choruses; 2nd Cong. Church, Newcastle)    4PM               

Sun 22 Jul    Lincoln Arts Jazz Service, Boothbay Cong. Church (Quintet w/ Mickey Felder, Herb Maine, Lefty McAuslin, Bill Manning) *    10AM

Fri 3 Aug   Bill Manning Quartet; Harpswell (private party)*    4:30PM 

 Sun 5 Aug   With Bob Page and the Downeast Jazz Babies; Schooner Landing, Damariscotta* 4-7PM

Thurs 9 August    With Pete Collins open barbecue at Pemaquid Beach for Bristol Days*      5PM

Sun 12 Aug   With Bob Page and the Downeast Jazz Babies; Coveside Restaurant, S. Bristol* 1-4PM

Fri 14 Dec   Gingerbread Spectacular, Boothbay  Opera House (w/ Mickey Felder, Herb Maine, Bill Manning)*               5:30PM