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Novel Jazz Septet Concerts, 2017

"Duke & Swee'Pea- Love You Madly"


This year's program covers new tunes from the Ellington Band  between the 1920's to the 1960'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 2017 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 2017  
       * Featuring compositions of the Great American Songbook
       ** Ellington and Strayhorn Show

Date                                      Where                                                    Time     

Thursday 26 Jan                  Skidompha Public Library, Damariscotta* 7PM                      

Thursday 23 March              Skidompha Public Library, Damariscotta* 7PM

Thursday 25 May                 Skidompha Public Library, Damariscotta* 7PM                     

Thursday 6 July                   Harpswell Band Stand**                            6PM                      

Thursday 13 July                 Skidompha Public Library, Damariscotta* 7PM

Saturday 22 July                 Chebeague Island; Methodist Church**    7PM  

Tuesday, 1 Aug                   Lincoln Theater, Performing for

                                                Skidompha Community read program   7:30PM            

Thursday 17 Aug                 Camden Lib. Amphitheater**                    7PM

Wednesday 23 Aug             Congress Square, Portland**                    6PM

Saturday 2 Sept                  Saco River Theater**                                 7PM                      

Saturday 9 Sept                  Vassalboro Grange**                                 7PM                      

Fri. 22 Sept                         Phippsburg Congregational Church**        7:30PM

Thurs 28 Sept                     Skidompha Public Library, Damariscotta* 7PM

Sun, 29 Oct                        Jewett Hall, U. Maine Augusta **                2PM

Sat, 11 Nov.                        Frontier Café, Brunswick**                          8PM      

Thurs 16 Nov           ***CANCELED Skidompha Library, Damariscotta  CANCELED*****

Sat 13 January, 2018         Universalist Unitarian Church, Brunswick ** 7:30PM                



Barney and Friends Dates for 2017

Date                                      Where                                                        Time

Fri, 24 March                     Solo Bistro (with Geoff Ives, piano)*             6:30PM

Saturday, 24 June              With Pete Collins (private party)

Sunday, 25 June                Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church*   4:30PM

                                             w/ Molly Pitcher, Allan Millet, Sean
                                             Fleming, Chuck McGregor

Sunday, 23 July                 Lincoln Arts Jazz Service, Boothbay*             10AM                                                 Congregational;Church (w/ Mickey Felder,
Herb Maine, Lefty McAuslin, Bill Manning) 

Sunday, 30 July                          With Bob Page and the Jazz Babies,
                                                              Schooner Landing, Damariscotta, ME *             4PM

Thursday, 3 August                    Maine Public Radio event, Hannaford Hall,        

                                                        Univ. S. Maine, with Herb Maine and

                                                        Mickey Felder *                                                5PM

Saturday, 5 August             10th Annual Dam Blues Festival with Bob       3PM

                                              Page and the Jazz Babies; Duck Puddle

                                              Campground, Nobleboro

Sunday, 6 August               Coveside Restaurant, South Bristol, with           2PM

                                            Bob Page and the Jazz Babies

Friday 15 December           Opera House of Boothbay Hbr; Dough  Ball                                                                                       Novel Jazz Quartet (w/ Herb Maine, Mickey                                                                                       Felder and Bill Manning)                                   5:30-8PM