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.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Nova

The Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year. Stay tuned; we’ll have plenty in store for 2012.

Our last performance of 2011 takes place at the Shorewood Bar & Grill in Fridley this Tuesday, December 27th, at 7pm. Come out and share in a cup of holiday cheer while listening to some good music!

April, 2011

According to whoever establishes the official “months” of various ideas, causes, or things, April is jazz appreciation month. How to celebrate? Well, you might consider the suggestions listed here. Another way to celebrate is by checking out some rousing jazz for spring cleaning, namely Nova’s most recent CD, A Time of Reckoning. As we’ve mentioned here before, our Tops in ’10 recording is available on iTunes or at CD Baby.

And there’s more: The Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra’s newest recording will be coming out in late summer. Stay tuned for further details.

Don’t forget: Nova will play the Shorewood Bar & Grill on the 26th.

Happy New Year From Nova!

This is a special message from everyone in the Nova Jazz Organization wishing everyone out there a happy and prosperous New Year. We have exciting musical projects in store for 2011. Our performance at the Shorewood Bar & Grill is on the 25th of this month and will kick things off in a big way. Mark your analog and digital calendars! We’ll have a very special guest, so you’ll want to be there.