Coming up this Tuesday, Nova once again brings its contemporary music wares to O’Garas Bar and Grill. Well, most of our music is contemporary. Recently, we’ve come into the possession of some classic jazz orchestra transcriptions as recorded by the Duke Ellington and Benny Carter bands. What are these tunes? We may just play them, so come out and hear us!
Wow, it’s already mid-January! Nonetheless, everyone in the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra would like to wish everyone out there a Happy New Year. In addition to our regular performances at O’Garas, (The next one is the 27th of this Month), we have exciting projects planned for 2009. Stay tuned!
As a way of wishing everyone in the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra happy holidays, the band got together for a rehearsal and fine pot-luck meal last Sunday afternoon. We’d like to wish everyone out there happy holidays, too.
Our Christmas concert is coming up at O’Gara’s on December 23rd, where we’ll be reprising some tunes from our CD of last year, An Odd Christmas. In addition, at this event we’ll be assisting the talented composer Dan Cavanagh with the release of his own CD project, titled Pulse. We are indeed fortunate that Dan has contributed so much to the musical life of Nova, and some of his compositions will be featured on our forthcoming CD, A Time of Reckoning.
So come out to O’Gara’s, have a cup of cheer (responsibly of course), and hear some great music!
Coming up on August 26, Nova will be playing its usual gig at O’Gara’s Shamrock room in St. Paul. As preparation for this performance, the band will be rehearsing at John Ahern’s house, where we will be carefully adjusting tempos, articulations, and other important musical details.
Here are some important things to keep in mind about Tuesday night’s performance:
- The performance is in no way connected to the closing of the Olympic Games
- As a consequence, there will be no cute Chinese girl lip syncing
The Nova band is currently working on recording its 7th CD! Of course, in the summer individual schedules mean that 16 or 17 musicians are going in 16 or 17 different directions, but the CD is sure to get recorded and we’ll be sure to let you know when it hits the street. By the way, Nova’s 6th CD, An Odd Christmas, was well received. Read a review at All About Jazz dot com.