The musicians of “Novel Jazz” have been performing straight-ahead jazz around Maine and New England for over three decades. They draw from the Great American Songbook and specialize in the works of Edward Kennedy (“Duke”) Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. The band members hail from all over Maine…Belfast, Buxton, Chebeague Island, Gardiner, Newcastle, Vassleboro as well as Westbroek. Fifteen years ago, they embarked on a project to go through the massive archive of compositions by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn– who wrote about 2,500 pieces between them– transcribe some lesser known gems for the band and reinterpret them with a 21st century sound. Their first CD was released in 2008, their second was released in 2011. The band released their third CD, “Novel and Novelle… More unearthed treasures by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington” in June 2015. Their fourth CD was released in the summer of 2019. Public radio did a special radio news interview on the Ellington/Strayhorn project of Novel Jazz. A summer’s night, with great jazz from some of Maine’s great jazz players. Join us. Advance discounted tickets $20, available directly from the box office at 207-633-5159(open Wed – Fri from 10-2). Regular tickets $25 on the day of show and online at boothbayoperahouse.com.