Nova Plays Ellington

We’re adding another concert for the month of December that will grab the interest of many; our first concert of next month is coming up on Thursday, December 1 — please see our last post. At Washburn High School on December 15 at 7pm, we’ll be playing selections from the Duke Ellington’s arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

This will be a joint concert with the Northeast Community Band under the direction of Tim Martin, one of Nova’s fine trumpeters. In addition to other holiday favorites, the Northeast Community Band will perform contrasting selections from Tchaikovsky’s Suite. Please join us!

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

Nova’s September Performance Tonight and New Tantara Release Pre-order!

This is a quick message to let everyone know that the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra is playing at the Shorewood Bar & Grill tonight, September 27. Come on out! As usual, we start at 7pm and will play till 10. Other important news: our recently completed recording consisting of Bill Mathieu compositions is available at Amazon for pre-order. This double disk set, which will be released by Tantara productions and is titled Double Feature Volume 2, also features Kenton’s exciting 1959 band performing at the Blue Note in Chicago and the Red Hill Inn in New Jersey.

This Fall, What’s in Store for Nova

As we hinted in our last post here, exciting things are happening with the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra this fall. First, we’re pleased to announce that our 8th CD, Who Says You Can’t Dance to Bebop, will be released soon. We’ll have a big CD release party at the Shorewood Bar & Grill on Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm.

This new recording, which promises to be one of Nova’s best, features 9 works by Minnesotan composers who write in the jazz idiom, some of whom are members of our orchestra.

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

Everyone is invited to our CD release party. Come and bring a friend! Also, see what Barry Harris says about dancing to bebop.

Nova, Jazz from J to Z and KBEM Celebrate Kenton’s 100th

Back in February, we noted here that composer Bill Mathieu came to visit Nova to rehearse 14 compositions he had originally written for the Stan Kenton Orchestra in the late 50s. While Mathieu’s arranging talents were featured on Standards In Silhouette,Standards In Silhouette at Amazon Kenton never recorded the works rehearsed and performed by Nova. We’d like to formally announce that the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra has recorded every one of Bill Mathieu’s heretofore unrecorded compositions written for Stan Kenton. As a result of that project, Nova is delighted to take part in another big event:

  • What: TCJS/Big Band Scene Stan Kenton 100th birthday celebration and CD Release Party. 1st set: Minnetonka High School Jazz Band I. 2nd Set: Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra’s 14 newly recorded works by Bill Mathieu**Nova’s studio recording of these compositions will be released by Tantara Productions.
  • When: Thursday, December 1, 2011, 7:30pm
  • Where: 18285 Highway 7, Minnetonka, MN 55345-4131 (Arts Center)
  • Admission: Adults: $10 Students: $5 TCJS/KBEM Members: $7