Fall 2022: Aardvark Jazz Celebrates 50th Season!

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, led by founder and music director Mark Harvey, will celebrate 50 years of music-making with two special performances in the Fall of 2022 as the band kicks off its historic 50th season.

Please save the dates! More details to follow about these and other events.

Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 7:30 pm
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: 50th Season Kickoff

A Celebration of Aardvark’s Half-Century – Music by Mark Harvey and Duke Ellington

MIT Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

Free Admission. Presented by MIT Music & Theater Arts

For information: 617-776-8778

Saturday, December 10, 2022, at 7:30 pm
Aardvark 50th Annual Christmas Concert

Church of the Covenant

67 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

Admission: $20

For information: 617-776-8778

Did you know the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra gave its inaugural concert December 23, 1973 at the Church of the Covenant in Boston as a benefit for the Chelsea Fire Fund. Aardvark will return to the church five decades later, to celebrate its 50th Annual Christmas Concert.

As always, this Boston holiday tradition will feature joyful music from jazz-infused carols to spirituals to Mark Harvey originals, including his Afro-Jazz Benedictus and Harvey’s high energy arrangement of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, a staple of the Christmas concerts since the very first performance in 1973. Proceeds of the 50th Christmas Concert will benefit a worthy cause, to be announced shortly.