Novel Jazz will return to the Skidompha Public Library atrium for a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 at 184 Main St. in Damariscotta.

The band will feature music of Duke Ellington and his equally iconic musical collaborator, Billy Strayhorn. Novel Jazz is a Maine-based group, now in its 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. The band features Barney Balch (trombone), Michael Mitchell (trumpet), David Harris (reeds), Herb Maine (Bass), Bill Manning (drums), Dave Clarke (guitar) and Mickey Felder (piano).

Admission will cost $15 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 years and older, $7 for youth 12-18, and is free for younger children accompanied by a parent.

For more information, call 563-5513 during business, or visit

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