Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra at the MMC on September 11

The Minnesota Music Cafe Hey everybody! Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra’s September 11 performance at the Minnesota Music Café is coming up soon! All-original big band music by the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra starts at 7pm, and we’ll play two sets. Come out for the music, food, and great vibe of the Minnesota Music Café, and stay for the magic grooves of JB and the Routine!

The 2014 Nova Jazz Christmas Concert!

fluegelxmasAs promised, here are all the details for the upcoming Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra Christmas Concert. This event will take place at 4pm on the 21st of December at Saint James Lutheran Church in St. Paul (460 Annapolis St. West).

Everyone should come out and hear this concert, which will feature some of Nova’s Holiday favorites along with some new surprises. If you’re not in the Christmas spirit yet, there’s no need to be visited by three spirits — this concert is guaranteed to do the trick.

  • What: The Nova Jazz Orchestra Christmas Concert!
  • Where: Saint James Lutheran Church, St. Paul, 460 Annapolis St. West
  • When: December 21st, 4pm
  • Admission: Free!

It’s December, and Nova’s playing the Minnesota Music Café!

Don’t forget: our monthly performance at the Minnesota Music Café is tomorrow, Tuesday, December 9, at 7pm! What are you waiting for, Christmas? Come out and enjoy the hang, the music, and a cup of cheer. Speaking of Christmas, our annual Christmas Concert is coming up on the 21st of this month. Stay tuned here for all the pertinent details. But remember, you can hear us tomorrow. The details:

  • What: Nova Jazz Orchestra
  • Where: Minnesota Music Café
  • When: Tuesday, December 9, 7pm-9pm
  • Admission: Free!

Concerto Nova!

Visitors to this website may wonder what the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra is up to. Considering this space hasn’t been updated in quite a while, it’s a reasonable question. Our silence here, however, belies the fact we are in the midst of a big project.

W.A. "Bill" Mathieu
W.A. “Bill” Mathieu

What is this big project, you might ask? Well, not too long ago, Nova recorded the unrecorded arrangements (and originals) of William “Bill” Mathieu, originally written for Stan Kenton in the late 50s.

The resulting CD, Vol. 2-Double Feature,Vol. 2-Double Feature pleased and delighted many people. Importantly, the recording pleased Bill Mathieu, too, so much so that he was motivated to write an original work specifically for the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. The result is Concerto Nova, a 6 movement work. Nova is currently rehearsing this new music, and the composer Bill Mathieu will visit us soon to help out on the finer musical points. As you might suspect, Nova intends to perform and record Concerto Nova. Stay tuned.