Novel Jazz marks the official beginning of summer at Skidompha Public Library, for an evening of classic jazz from the great American songbook on Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m.
The band will also include a sneak preview of some of their new Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn compositions that they are featuring in their 2019 season concerts. The band is also celebrating the release of the f fourth CD, “Ellington & Strayhorn Novellas,” which features recently unearthed compositions by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, researched from collections far and wide (such as the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.).
Performing will be Bill Manning (drums), Barney Balch (trombone), Dave Clarke (guitar), David Harris (reeds), Herb Maine (bass), Mickey Felder (piano) and Mike Mitchell (trumpet).
This year also marks the 15th year of Novel Jazz evenings at Skidompha which began with the observation that lovers of books often are lovers of jazz. Moreover, the superb acoustics of Skidompha’s atrium, plus the seating “in the round,” make it a great place to see and hear the performance, all in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.
Admission is $15 /adults, $14/seniors, $7/young adults 12-18, under 12 accompanied by a parent go free. Call 207-563-5513 for more information.
The library is located at 184 Main Street in downtown Damariscotta. Let’s swing into the solstice!