Upcoming Concerts

Novel Jazz Septet Concerts, 2023 

21 June, 2023

      Summer is here and I wanted to send you the Novel Jazz Septet schedule for 2023,  this, our 19th season!  Note, the NJS is  doing a little change-up this season.  Yes, there will be a number of Ellington/Strayhorn concerts featuring new Ellington/Strayhorn discoveries, researched and arranged this past year.  For those who like to listen AND move, however, there will be a few concert/dances where the focus will be on the dance-able music of Ellington and Strayhorn.  I call these evenings, “Dancing with the Duke.” 

     If you want more jazz still, I’m including a list of jazz events over the summer with other various groups (which I call, “Barney and Friends”).   As always, please call ahead before making the long drive to an event, to confirm all the details.

Please watch this space over the summer as undoubtedly, more events will get listed.  We hope to see you for some hot, sizzling jazz this summer!


Barney Balch

Novel Jazz Septet Concerts/Dances

Fri. 4/21/23 Skidompha Library,  Damariscotta, ME    7:00PM

Sat.  4/29/23 St. Lawrence Arts, Munjoy Hill, Portland, ME 7:00PM

Sat.      7/1/23          Majestic Theater, Conway, NH  7:30PM

Wed. 7/5/23          Windham, Dundee Park     6:30-8PM

Sun.        7/9/23          Bowdoinham, Mailly Waterfront Park 6-8PM

Mon.      7/17/23        Gazebo, Poland Spring Resort       6:30-8PM

Sat.     8/19/23        Boothbay Harbor Opera House (Concert plus Dance)     7:30PM

Sun.       8/20/23        Chebeague Ball Field         2-4PM

Sat.      9/9/23          Meetinghouse Arts, Freeport  7PM

Fri.         10/27/23      Skidompha Library 7PM

Sat.        12/9/23      Saco River Theater (Concert plus Dance)        7:30PM 

Barney performs with some other jazz groups, too:

Performances of Barney Balch and friends

Sun. 7/9/23         Boothbay Congregational Church, Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, ME        10AM

Sat. 7/22/2023 North Haven Street Dance, evening, with Hadacol Bouncers.

Sat. 8/12/2023    Bob Page Tribute 4-7PM; Schooner Landing, Damariscotta, ME (with TJ Wheeler and the Downeast Jazz Babies (Dave Page, Barney Balch, Lefty McAuslin and Jack Tukey) plus other guests!).

Wed. 8/16/2023   Riverwoods Retirement Community, Durham, NH  6-8PM (with Hadacol Bouncers).

Sat. 8/26/2023 Hannibal Hamlin Day, South Paris 11AM-1PM; (with Hadacol Bouncers).

Fri.  9/8/23        Poland Spring, ME (Annual fundraiser for Androscoggin Home Health & Hospice; Poland Spring Resort) 5:30-7:30.

Friday 12/15/23  Boothbay Opera House (Gingerbread Spectacular Preview Party) Novel Jazz Quartet [https://boothbayoperahouse.com/event/gingerbread-spectacular-3-days-of-magic-begin/]; 5:30-8:00 PM.