HARVARD -- Internationally recognized musician, performer and composer Billy Novick will make his way to Harvard again for a concert with Guy Van Duser on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the Harvard Public Library.
As a guitar and clarinet duo for more than 30 years, they combine elements of swing and jazz into their performances.
Novick began playing the clarinet when he was 8 and adopted the saxophone by age 15. After spending time at Carleton College in Minnesota and Boston's Berklee College of Music, he booked performances at various clubs and colleges with his jazz trio.
In 1976, Novick was introduced to Van Duser and taken aback by the skillful guitarist. The two have worked together as a duo ever since, issuing nine recordings and appearing on NPR's "All Things Considered."
Novick continues to play and is thrilled he can make a living doing what he loves. He has appeared on more than 250 recordings and 50 movie and television soundtracks, and has composed two full-length scores for The Washington Ballet, including "The Great Gatsby."
"I'm really proud of the way the whole ballet came out," Novick said. "The choreographer, Septime Webre, is really charismatic and inspiring."
Novick has also played with many other great artists, including Dave Van Ronk and trumpeter Herb Pomeroy. Aside from performing, he also gives private lessons a few hours a week.
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Van Duser and Novick performed more than 150 shows in the 1980s and '90s at Passim in Harvard Square, where Novick say they "really launched (their) careers."
Novick has been to the town of Harvard before to perform at the Fruitlands summer concert series.
He expresses his love for what he does.
"I don't think I ever thought about 'making it' because it's not in my view of what music means to me," Novick said. "Playing music is part of a lifelong search I'm on, and I would probably still play music even if I didn't have whatever success I may have had."
With the help of the Harvard Friends of the Arts, Novick and Van Duser's performance is free. Doors open at 7 p.m.; call 978-456-4114 ahead of time because seating is limited.
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