Novel Jazz returns to the Skidompha Library atrium on Friday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. for some jazz on a summer’s eve. The band will be featuring music of the iconic Duke Ellington and his equally iconic musical collaborator, Billy Strayhorn. Novel Jazz is a Maine-based group now in its 14th season of concerts around Maine and New England. The band’s mission is to share the music and stories of these two giants of jazz who wrote some 3,000 compositions over their musical careers, 2 percent of which represents the well-known standards and 98 percent of which most people have never heard.
The band features Barney Balch (trombone), Michael Mitchell (trumpet), David Harris (reeds), Herb Maine (bass), Bill Manning (drums), Dave Clarke (guitar), and Mickey Felder (piano).
Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 years and older, $7 for young adults ages 12-18, and those under 12 accompanied by a parent get in free. Parents are encouraged to bring their children, the future of this art form.