Sargent guests with Novel Jazz

Dec 03, 2012
Novel Jazz Septet performs around the state, including at the pictured Opera House at Boothbay.

Damariscotta — The Novel Jazz Septet will play its fifth and final performance of the 2012 season Thursday, Dec. 13 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Skidompha Public Library, Main Street/Business Route 1. The evening marks the end of the band’s eighth year of concerts at Skidompha, perform in the library’s beautiful atrium. The superb acoustics, plus the seating “in the round,” make it a great place to see and hear the music in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

The musicians of this group have been playing straight-ahead jazz for audiences throughout Maine (and beyond) for several decades in a multitude of different venues. Performing will be Barney Balch (soprano, alto and tenor trombones), Mike Mitchell (trumpet and flugelhorn), Dave Clarke of Belfast (guitar), Herb Maine (bass), Mickey Felder (piano), Mark Macksoud (drums) and special guest Glen Sargent (reeds), filling Northport’s Bruce Boege’s spot. Sargent of Lincolnville did his musical studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, doing instrument repair work at night to help pay the bills. He returned to Maine in 1980 after a brief stint on the road with a "ghost" band, then taught elementary/junior high band in the Camden and Waldoboro schools while freelancing repairs for several Maine music stores and teaching private woodwind lessons.

Sargent performs professionally in both jazz and classical idioms, when not at the repair bench. His jazz credits include the Al Corey Big Band, Pat Michaud Big Band, Fire N’Ice Big Band and Jump City Jazz; he also has performed with the Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Northeast Swing, Wayne Bergeron and touring groups such as “Jekyll and Hyde, The Musical”; and he leads his own groups. As for his classical work, he has been a member of the clarinet section in the Bangor Symphony Orchestra for 29 years and also has performed with the Maine Grand Opera Orchestra, Maine Pro Musica, Lincoln Arts Festival Orchestra, Arcady Festival Orchestra, the Longfellow Chorus, the Maine Saxophone Quartet and numerous ensembles large and small.

Admission is $13, $10 for senior citizens, $5 for young adults 12 to 18 and free for those younger than 12, accompanied by a parent. The combo encourages parents to bring their children as they are the future of this art form.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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