Nova Jazz Orchestra Performs at Baby Blue Arts!

Nova Performs at Baby Blue Arts StudiosHappy New Year from everyone in the Nova Jazz Orchestra. Here’s some great news to get this new year rolling: Back in September, and with the guidance of our excellent saxophonist Kari Musil, we had the good fortune of recording a set of music at Baby Blue Arts Studios in Minneapolis. That performance is now available at Baby Blue’s website in its entirety, consisting of four original tunes: The Whole Man, To the Source, That’s How I Know, and 11:04. (Also, don’t forget to check out the interview with Mike Krikava about Nova.)

Like The Nova Jazz Orchestra, Baby Blue Arts is a volunteer organization that serves the musical life of our region. Don’t forget to visit Baby Blue Arts on a regular basis to check out all the great music.

Nova Christmas Concert & CD Release!

We’ve got a great Christmas concert coming up! Mike Krikava gives all the details below:

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Greetings Nova Jazz friends,

The Nova Jazz Orchestra is set to release our 12th CD of all-original music. This release is being timed with the holidays so we will do a combination CD Release and Holiday concert on Sunday, December 22, at 4pm. The location is Saint James Lutheran Church, 460 West Annapolis Street, West St. Paul, MN. The concert is free of charge.

This concert will be very special. In addition to some holiday favorites, Nova is releasing its CD “Concerto Nova & the Jazz Music of W.A. Mathieu.” The Concerto is a six-movement work that combines elements of Jazz and Classical to form something that is entirely new. We recorded the Concerto live at Saint James back in April and the piece is made all the better for the stunning acoustics of that room.

I hope you can come out to hear Nova!

Cheers,

Mike

Nova’s Upcoming Performances: A Special Message from Mike Krikava

Greetings all you Jazz fans. It’s time for another Nova Jazz event and I hope you will be able to join us for one or both of our upcoming shows.

On Sunday March 24, 7pm, at Studio Z in Downtown St. Paul, the Nova Band will be doing a program dedicated to our great friend and noted composer and music author W.A. Mathieu. Studio Z is located at 275 East Fourth Street Suite 200 Saint Paul, MN, 55101 (651) 755-1600, right across the street from the St. Paul Farmers’ Market.

This program will feature Bill Mathieu’s works for Jazz Orchestra written from 1958 to 2012. This concert will include the first-ever public performance of a piece Mathieu wrote especially for the Nova Band. Written as a through-composed Concerto in the classical style, the “Concerto Nova” is a six-movement masterwork, that melds bebop and cool jazz into a third stream work of amazing sounds.

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W.A. “Bill” Mathieu

Nova is very pleased to be able to perform this outstanding music and hope you can join us. And we are particularly proud of our collaboration with Mathieu. He broke into the music scene in 1958 when, as an 18-year-old phenom, he became staff arranger and trumpeter on the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Kenton’s 1959 album, Standards in Silhouette, showcases Mathieu’s rich melodic writing and sophisticated harmonies. That album was critically acclaimed and remains one of the highlights of the Kenton Discography. Bill then spent time writing for Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson and others. In the mid-‘60s, Bill became the founding music director of the Second City Theatre in Chicago and its companion theatre in San Francisco. Bill remains a renowned composer, compositional teacher and music author on the West Coast. Nova collaborated with Mathieu in 2010, in playing a number of previously-unrecorded originals and arrangements for the Kenton band, culminating in a critically-acclaimed album. That collaboration ripened into Mathieu writing Concerto Nova especially for the Nova Band.

To give this music its full scope, we have scheduled a second premier for Sunday, April 28, 2012 at 4 pm at Saint James Lutheran Church, 460 Annapolis Street, West St. Paul. This event will be a concert and live recording session as Nova strives to get a studio-quality recording of the Concerto with a live audience.

I hope you can join us for one of these premier events.

Regards,

Mike Krikiva

Nova and Stan Kenton’s 100th

Stan Kenton RetrospectiveA belated but hearty thanks to all those who came out to our CD release party last month. Your support was and is certainly appreciated; we felt lots of good vibes coming from our audience at the Shorewood. Onward — here’s what’s coming up for Nova:

Nova’s CD Release Party Coming Up!

It’s October, which means that it’s time to remind everyone that the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra is closing in on a big event: on the 25th, we’re having a big party for theWho Sez You Can't Dance Bebop Cover Artrelease of our 8th full-length CD of all-Minnesota Big Band Jazz, titled Who Sez You Can’t Dance to Be-Bop.

This event and concert will take place at our favorite performance venue, the Shorewood Bar & Grill in Fridley, MN. The Shorewood is a great place to hang out, eat, drink, and listen to music. We’ll hit promptly at 7pm and play till 10. Consider this to be your formal invitation — we’d love to see everyone there.

  • What: CD release party for Nova’s new album, Who Says You Can’t Dance to Bebop
  • When: Tuesday, October 25, 7pm-10pm
  • Where: Shorewood Bar & Grill in Fridley
  • Admission: Free