Novel Jazz returns to Skidompha

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After a busy year of concerts featuring Ellington and Strayhorn compositions, the Novel Jazz begins their 2018 season at the Skidompha Public Library atrium, in Damariscotta on Friday, Feb. 9 from 7-9:30 p.m., for an evening of music from the Great American Songbook.

Note, the band is moving their Skidompha Jazz dates to Friday nights (not Thursday nights, as they have performed for the last 13 years). These events began with the observation that lovers of books often are lovers of jazz. 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.

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. As for the line-up, the rhythm section will consist of Herb Maine (acoustic bass), Dave Clark (guitar), and special guest, Chris Rogers (drums). The horn section will consist of Mike Mitchell (trumpet), Barney Balch (trombone) and special guest David Harris (reeds).

Special guest, Chris Rogers has been performing on drums with musicians far and wide for more than 40 years. He is a versatile drummer, playing a myriad of different styles; he has toured throughout New England, Canada and overseas to England. Chris's music is his vocation and he strives for simplicity, purity, and precision in his playing. He has several major label recordings to his credit, and is a requested studio player.

Special guest saxophonist, David Harris, performs regularly in venues throughout New England. In his very early years, David received the top score at the New Hampshire Jazz Allstate Festival for tenor saxophone. After deciding to pursue a career in music, David attended the University of New Hampshire where he received a Bachelor’s of Music in Performance. Currently, David is finishing up a Master’s of Music in Jazz at the University of Southern Maine where he is studying saxophone with Barry Saunders and composition with Chris Klaxton. David continues to lead his own jazz group which performs and records original compositions.

Skidompha is located at 184 Main St., Damariscotta. Admission is $15, $13 for seniors (65+), $7 for young adults 12-18, under 12 accompanied by a parent go free. Call 207-563-5513 for more information.

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Event Date: 
Fri, 02/09/2018 - 7:30pm
184 Main Street
Damariscotta  Maine  04543