Mark Harvey is a MIT lecturer, but he has another identity; he is a well known jazz trumpeter as well as Aardvark Jazz Orchestra’s founding director. Recently he was honored by elected officials and fellow musicians at the annual event called JazzBoston at the Ryles Jazz Club on 29th January.
JazzBoston is an organization of well known musicians dedicated to preserving and celebrating jazz. They honored Mark for his talents as well as his contributions in the group as educator, minister, composer, band leader and trumpeter. Kenneth E. Reeves, the Cambridge Councillor, presented Mark with a the key to the city. On the other hand Cambridge and Boston officials declared 30th January, 2013 as Mark Sumner Harvey Day
Since the year 1980, Mark has taught different kinds of Jazz subjects in MIT’s Music and Theater Arts Section. He has also performer as a trumpeter in countries like Mexico, United States as well as in many European countries. Mark has performed with several jazz artists such as Kenny Dorham, Joe Carroll, Sam Rivers, Howard McGhee, Claudio Roditi, Gil Evans and many more; he has recorded with Baird Hersey (Arista/Novus Records) and George Russell (Blue Note Records).
Mark Harvey, who is an internationally well known composer, has got several commissions and awards from the MIT Wind Ensemble, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Society of Composers, the Meet-the-Composer/Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Commissioning Program and Authors and Publishers.