BRUNSWICK — Maine guitarist/composer Richard Nelson and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will present Jazz Americana at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Bowdoin College.

The free performance will celebrate the release of Nelson’s new CD Deep River as well as Aardvark’s 43rd season.

Deep River is a multi-faceted jazz suite that Nelson composed for the orchestra in a powerful re-imagining of American traditional songs from the 1920s and 1930s. Deep River showcases Aardvark vocalist Grace Hughes and guest vocalist Timothy Johnson, who serves on the faculties of Bowdoin College and the University of Maine. Augusta.

The band pays tribute to the resilient city of New Orleans a decade after Hurricane Katrina with two staples from the Crescent City, arranged by Mark Harvey: “Down by the Riverside” and “St. James Infirmary Blues” made famous by Louis Armstrong.

Aardvark also marks the Billy Strayhorn centennial with his classic “Chelsea Bridge.”

The show is free and open to the public in Bowdoin’s Studzinski Recital Hall, South Campus Drive. For more information visit or call 207-725-3747.

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