Novel Jazz will perform hot swinging jazz out of the Great American Songbook at Skidompha Public Library, 184 Main St., Damariscotta, ME, on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at 7 p.m. The performance will feature Barney Balch (trombone), David Harris (alto saxophone), Michael Mitchell (trumpet), Herb Maine (acoustic bass), David Clarke (guitar), Mickey Felder (piano) and Bill Manning (drums). Submitted photo

Novel Jazz plans to return to the Skidompha Public Library, 184 Main St. in Damariscotta for an evening of jazz at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.

The band will present 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 Clark (Guitar), David Harris (alto), Bill Manning, Michael Mitchell (trumpet) and Barney Balch (trombone).

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 18 years ago that the band began their unique focus on jazz giants, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, and just prior to the pandemic, they released their fourth CD on these two jazz icons.

Admission for this event is free of charge.

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