BASSIST Herb Maine and guitarist Dave Clarke, both of Novel Jazz, play a duet. The Novel Jazz Septet will play classic jazz at Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta at 7 p.m. Thursday.

BASSIST Herb Maine and guitarist Dave Clarke, both of Novel Jazz, play a duet. The Novel Jazz Septet will play classic jazz at Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta at 7 p.m. Thursday.

DAMARISCOTTA — The Novel Jazz Septet will perform from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Skidompha Library on Main Street.

“Skidompha’s Novel Jazz evenings began eight years ago with the observation that lovers of books often are lovers of jazz,” a release from the septet states. “Moreover, the superb acoustics of Skidompha’s atrium, plus the seating ‘in the round,’ make it a great place to see and hear the performance, all in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.”

Three guest musicians are scheduled to perform.

Pete Blue will play piano. He is a professional pianist, arranger and conductor who began his musical career in the Seattle jazz scene in the 1960s, played in Las Vegas during the Elvis era, was a session player in Nashville through the 1970s, and then relocated to Manhattan where, for three decades, he worked on Broadway and Off- Broadway and in cabaret, jazz and country music venues.

Blue became a full-time resident of Harpswell in 2010.

Brent Strombeck will be guest in the reed section, playing tenor saxophone. He has played in small jazz ensembles, big bands, rock bands and shows backing up entertainers around Boston and New England, New York City as well as on the road around the country. He has lived in Maine since 1995.

Chris Rogers will play drums. He has been performing with renowned musicians for more than 40 years. He is a versatile drummer, playing a myriad of different styles; he has toured throughout New England, Canada and overseas to England.

The remainder of the Novel Jazz Septet are Barney Balch ( trombone), Mike Mitchell ( trumpet), Herb Maine ( acoustic bass) and Dave Clark (guitar).

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors or $5 for young adults 12- 18. Children younger than 12, accompanied by a parent, get in free.

Call 207-563-5513 for more information.


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