Upcoming Concerts

Novel Jazz Septet Concerts, 2023 

21 March, 2023

  Dear Friends of Novel Jazz,

          Happy spring, jazz lovers!  Things are gradually warming up now as we marked yesterday's equinox.  As is our custom, Novel Jazz has been enjoying the winter respite from performances, sitting by the fire, unearthing new Ellington & Strayhorn tunes, arranging them for the septet and rehearsing them for our 2023 season.  We have an exciting new lineup of E&S  compositions for this coming year, painstakingly brought back to life from original manuscripts and recordings.  We are pleased to announce that our performance season will be beginning on Friday 21 April, 2023 (7PM) at Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta, ME, celebrating not just Duke and Swee'Pea but the entire Great American Songbook!  This will be followed by our brand-new 2023 Ellington and Strayhorn show on the occasion of Duke's 124th birthday, on Saturday, 29 April, 2023 at St. Lawrence Arts, on Munjoy Hill in Portland, ME (7PM).   Be sure to double-check with all venues to confirm details of the performances, tickets and times.

Novel Jazz Septet Concerts/Dances

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday      8/19/23        Boothbay Harbor Opera House      7:30PM

Sunday        8/20/23        Chebeague Ball Field         2-4PM

Saturday      9/9/23          Meetinghouse Arts, Freeport  7PM

Friday          10/27/23      Skidompha Library 7PM

Sunday        11/12/23      Saco River Theater (Dance, Matinee)        2PM 

Barney performs with some other jazz groups, too:

Performances of Barney Balch and friends

Hadocol Bouncers, North Haven Street Dance                      22 July         7PM

Hadocol Bouncers, Hannibal Hamlin Day; South Paris             26 Aug         11AM-1PM

    Please check this URL regularly for new concert dates!  

     We look forward to catching-up with you all after the long Maine wintah!


Barney Balch