Ring in spring with Novel Jazz at Skidompha

Posted:  Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 8:15am
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Novel Jazz bassist Herb Maine playing on a riff. Courtesy of Sherrie Tucker

Novel Jazz returns to the Skidompha Public Library atrium in Damariscotta Thursday, March 23 from 7-9:30 p.m. to celebrate the spring equinox … that time of year when the whole world is in balance - day and night, light and dark. Tunes befitting the occasion will be from the Great American Songbook.

The superb acoustics of Skidompha’s atrium, plus the seating in the round, make it a superior place to see and hear jazz, all in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.  It was while performing at Skidompha that the band decided to forge deeper into the music of jazz icons Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.  Trombonist Barney Balch began visiting the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. to work in their Ellington collection, digging out gems of these musical geniuses and bringing them back to life.

The musicians of this group have been playing straight-ahead jazz for audiences throughout Maine (and beyond) for several decades. Collectively, they share over two centuries of experience in the jazz idiom. Performing this evening will be Barney Balch (trombone), David Clarke (guitar), Mike Mitchell (trumpet), Bryan Jones (alto), Herb Maine (bass) and Bill Manning (drums). For more on the band, visit www.mainejazz.net.

Admission is $15/adults, $13/seniors 65 years and older, $7/young adults 12-18, and under 12 accompanied by a parent go free. We encourage parents to bring their children, the future of this art form.  

The library is located at 184 Main Street in downtown Damariscotta. Call 207-563-5513 during business hours for more information. Please note - in case of inclement weather, Skidompha’s winter closure policy is that of the local school district (AOS 93) is closed, so is the library.

In case of inclement weather, call the Skidompha Public Library during business hours.  For more info, visit www.skidompha.org.

 

 

 

Event Date: 
Thu, 03/23/2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Skidompha Public Library atruium
Address: 
184 Main Street
Damariscotta  Maine  04543
Contact Phone: 
(207) 563-5513