Lincoln Arts Festival presents Novel Jazz Septet on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor. This concert features music of the iconic Duke Ellington and his equally iconic musical collaborator, Billy Strayhorn.
Novel Jazz is a Maine-based group, now in their 17th year of concerts around Maine and New England. Their mission is to share the music and stories of these two giants of jazz who wrote some 3000 compositions over their musical careers, two percent of which represents the well-known standards and 98% of which most have never heard. Novel Jazz Septet will perform standard tunes from the Ellington/Strayhorn repertoire plus newly arranged compositions that they have unearthed in the Ellington Archives of the Smithsonian Museum of American History as well as the new Strayhorn Collection at the Library of Congress (both in Washington D.C.). Many of these tunes have not been heard in decades. Novel Jazz members have rearranged these pieces for the septet, dusted them off and given them a 21st century sound, all of their own.
Admission: $25. Tickets are available at lincolnartsfestival.org or at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance. (Limited seating and Face Masks required due to Lincoln County, Maine CDC Guidelines.)
The Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor is located at 125 Townsend Ave. For more information, contact Lincoln Arts Festival at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-633-3913.