November 24 CD Release Party Details…

Mike Krikava, leader of the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, passes along this special message about our upcoming CD release party:

Greetings All,

I am very excited to announce that the Nova Jazz Orchestra has completed its Seventh CD of all Minnesota Jazz. This CD – A Time of Reckoning – features 10 charts with a Minnesota connection. The title track, by Dan Cavanagh (Jazz Studies Prof at Univ. Texas at Arlington) was commissioned especially for the Nova band and is an amazing piece of music. It takes a line of Gregorian Chant and transforms it into a very hot up-tempo swing chart. It must be heard to be believed.

Nova is having a CD Release Party on TUESDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2009 at O’Gara’s Bar and Grill on the corner of Snelling and Selby in St. Paul. The event starts at 7 pm with the Frankhouse Septet (they are very cool and definitely worth a listen). The Nova band will begin playing at 8:30 pm and will go until 11 or so. We will play cuts off the CD plus some new material and a few holiday favorites, from our last recording project – An Odd Christmas. Renowned Jazz artists Dave Hagedorn, Vibes and Dave Marden, Flute, are featured on the CD and both will perform with us at the party. Nova CDs will be available at $15/each.

This CD is by far Nova’s most ambitious effort yet. I am very proud of this work and hope you will join us on the 24th.



September at O’ Gara’s

The Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra plays O’Gara’s tonight, and we hope everyone can make it. The beginning of Fall means a few changes in the Nova band. Tonight, we welcome Kari on alto saxophone, and bid a fond farewell to Sten Johnson, our previous 2nd alto player. This means we are down only one Sten Johnson, since we still have a Sten Johnson in the trumpet section.

On a related note, if your name is Sten Johnson and you play any sort of instrument, don’t forget to talk to us about getting on Nova’s sub list.

Live at O’Gara’s: Nova’s Last Hurrah of the Summer

Where did the summer go? Nope, it hasn’t really been a long hot summer in Minnesota, but tonight, August 25, the Nova Band will do its best to heat things up. Join us at 8 o’clock at O’Gara’s for the a last summer fling. (Or last hurrah, or anything else you might like to call it.) The program will include some new charts we’ve been working on.