BoMuse News, vol. 16, no. 5
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1. Happy Thanksgiving!
2. The Unknown Dameron CD
3. Casual Gigs
4. AERO Professional Development Sessions
5.New Venue For Me
1. This has been a very challenging year for many people around the world. While there are historical issues around our Thanksgiving holiday, it is still a valuable time to take stock of such good fortune as we may have. Personally, my complaints are few and trivial and I consider my good fortune immense, especially in the context of a world full of strife and natural disasters. I hope the same is true for you, given that we probably all have people dear to us who’s lives have been effected by some of the recent catastrophes. Some of those close to me experienced a couple of the recent disasters, and I am most grateful that they came through them in good shape. In a couple of cases there were certainly very close calls. I can only wish the best for all in the future.
The following are some of the things I have to be thankful for.
2. I am working on my next CD, The Unknown Dameron. It will be a collection of previously unrecorded or very obscure tunes and songs by Tadd Dameron. During my research I found more of Tadd’s music, beyond the eight relatively well-known Dameron compositions, that deserves to be heard, and I hope taken to heart by other musicians. There are already three “in the can” from February’s radio broadcast concert over KSDS/jazz88.org. While two of those from February were recorded by Harlan Leonard’s Kansas City Rockets in 1940, those sides are very hard to come by. On the last Monday of October we – trumpeter Derek Cannon, pianist Melonie Grinnell, bassist Rob Thorsen, drummer Richard Sellers, and I – went into the studio to record three more. All three from the recent session have never been recorded before.
Speaking of things to be thankful for, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have the company of these four excellent musicians. Also the work of Roy Silverstein and his assistant at Rarefied Recording. My hope is to do two more sessions in the near future and have the project finished by next summer.
3. As part of becoming a member of the jazz community in San Diego, I am playing regularly as a sideman at a couple of venues, and have the opportunity to jam or sit in at a few others. On Wednesdays I am part of the Dene Davison Trio, playing in the afternoons in the courtyard of Carlsbad Village Faire, just off Carlsbad Village Drive between State Street and the Coast Highway. You can find us there between 2:30 and 4:30. It is a very peaceful place with outdoor cafes, and a decorative pool around which the little children play. On Thursday evenings I am part of bassist Fred Hardy’s quartet at the Cafe Bar Europa, 873Turquoise St. in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego. We start at 7:30 and usually play until 10:30. There is no cover, the food is excellent, and there are no TVs! I am certainly thankful for that.
While San Diego has no dedicated jazz clubs at this time, we do have several regular jam sessions. Using the standard calendar layout, we start with Sunday, and Tony Ortega’s at Mr. Peabody’s in Encinitas. At 90, or close to it, this notable veteran jazz musician still has a lot to say on his horn, and making music with him is a special experience. On Mondays the versatile guitarist Louis Valenzuela runs a jam session at Rosie O’Grady’s in Normal Heights, where you can hear many of San Diego’s best players. On the fourth Tuesday of the month vocalist Geri Kepler hosts a jam session at Fast Times on Clairmont Dr. in Bay Park. Geri also hosts singer’s showcases there on the first and third Tuesday, also at Bay Park. On Wednesdays, trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos hosts a jam session at Panama 66, next door to the Art Museum in Balboa Park. Finally on the first Thursdays of the month trumpeter Gary Rich hosts a jam session at Bouree Southern Bistro on University Avenue.
4. While I am no longer teaching, I still actively support arts education by sitting on the Governance, and the Professional Development Boards of AERO, the Arts Education Resource Organization of Sand Diego County. We have a professional development event coming up at the end of November that should be fun as well as informative. If you or some one you know is an independent arts educator who provides instruction to schools, you should look into AERO membership:
Professional Development Workshop Series
You are invited to a “Practices Potluck” where each person attending brings one idea or practice that is worth sharing to the arts education community at large. For example, an idea could be a way to think about what we do in the arts, or it could be a procedure that has brought a lot of efficiency to your team, or it could be a website resource that you would like everyone to know about- the possibilities are endless. Each person will get roughly 60 seconds to share. And, in the spirit of the holiday season, we have scheduled it to be on “Giving Tuesday” after Thanksgiving – what better way to “give” back to one another than by sharing our own best practices! Please join us.
Who? Any AERO member organization staff and associated staff
Date: “Giving Tuesday”, November 28, 2017?Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Outside the Lens, NTC Promenade at Liberty Station, 2750 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 15 – Studio 103
Also, let’s fully embrace the potluck idea and bring a food item to share. Look for the letter of your last name to know what category of food to bring.
A through I – Sweet Snack? – J through O – Savory Snack? – P through Z – Drinks
RSVP by November 20th by clicking on this link:
5. In December I will be adding another venue to my local circuit, Northern Spirits in San Marcos, CA. Northern Spirits is one of the few venues in the Greater San Diego area that presents jazz on a regular schedule. Every Friday and Saturday evening they present jazz quartets led by many of the best players in the area. I am grateful to be acknowledged as one of these. I will be there on Saturday, December 9 from 7:30 to 10:30, with pianist John Opferchuck, bassist Antar Martin, and drummer Chris Cancelliere. More on this in the next issue.
6. I will be away with friends for Thanksgiving, but I’m playing as a sideman with Dene Davison and Fred Hardy most weeks this month . You can see all the dates and venues here at my Events page.
I am pleased to say that the weekly jazz performances I initiated at the Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill, MA continue to this day. You can find out who is playing by following their Facebook page.
As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!