The Novel Jazz Septet will be in concert at the Little Brown Church in Round Pond Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. featuring music of the iconic Duke Ellington and his equally iconic musical collaborator, Billy Strayhorn.
Novel Jazz is a Maine-based group, now in their 15th year of giving concerts around Maine and New England. Their mission is to share the music and history 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 been heard.
They’ll 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 in Washington D.C., bringing this music back to life. Band members have rearranged these pieces for the septet, dusted them off and given them a 21st century sound, all of their own.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is by a suggested donation of $12 at the door for adults, children free. No advance tickets. (For more information, see https://roundpondbrownchurch.org/). The Little Brown Church is located on Route 32, in the center of Round Pond.