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Novel Jazz

April 21 @ 7:00 pm9:30 pm


Novel Jazz is returning to the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta to celebrate spring with an evening of jazz on Friday, 21 April, 2023, from 7-9:30 PM.  They will be presenting an evening of hot swinging jazz out of the Great American Songbook.  The musicians of this group have been playing straight-ahead jazz for audiences throughout Maine (and beyond) for several decades. Collectively, they share over two centuries of experience in the jazz idiom.  The musicians of Novel Jazz are Herb Maine (bass), Mickey Felder (piano), David Clarke (Guitar), David Harris (alto), Michael Mitchell (trumpet), Barney Balch (trombone) and Bill Manning (drums).


Novel Jazz events at Skidompha began with the observation that lovers of books often are lovers of jazz. The superb acoustics of Skidompha’s atrium, plus the seating “in the round”, make it a superior place to see and hear jazz, all in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.  It was while performing at Skidompha some 19 years ago that the band began their unique focus on jazz giants, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.  Just prior to the pandemic, the band released their fourth CD featuring compositions by these two jazz icons. 


All are welcome but in this season of renewal, we request you consider bringing either a financial donation for the library or food or personal hygiene items for our Little Food Pantry.  Pantry items must not be expired and must be unopened. Admission is free of charge and a donation is not required for attendance.


We encourage parents to bring their children, the future of this art form.  The library is located at 184 Main Street in downtown Damariscotta.    Call 207-887-0919 during business hours for more information or, point your web browser to http://www.skidompha.org/ or the band’s website www.mainejazz.net . 


This promises to be another special Skidompha/Novel Jazz evening as the band begins their 19th year of performances at the library!  If you have never attended a Novel Jazz event at Skidompha, check them out on 21 April, 2023 and see why the Novel Jazz evenings at the library have been so popular for so long.  Join NJS for some swinging jazz for a cool April eve, music to warm your soul and help everyone swing into spring!


April 21
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
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