VIENNA — The Novel Jazz Septet will be in concert featuring music of the iconic Duke Ellington and his equally iconic musical collaborator, Billy Strayhorn, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Vienna Union Hall, 5 Mountain Road.

Novel Jazz is a Maine-based group, now in their 14th season of concerts around Maine and New England. Their mission is to share the music and stories of these two giants of jazz who wrote some 3,000 compositions over their musical careers, two percent of which represents the well-known standards and 98 percent of which most have never heard.

They’ll perform standard tunes from the Ellington/Strayhorn repertoire plus newly arranged compositions that they have unearthed in the Ellington Archives of the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington D.C., some of which have not been heard in decades. The band has rearranged these pieces for the septet, dusted them off and given them a 21st-century sound all of their own.

Admission is $13. For tickets, visit 

For more information, call 207-293-2674, visit or 

The Novel Jazz Septet 

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