BoMuse News, v16 n6

BoMuse News, vol. 16, no. 6

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1. Holiday Greetings
2. Northern Spirits
3. CD Progress
4. Grammy Jazz Nominees
5. Helen Borgers RIP
6. Gigs

1. My best wishes to all for this season of generosity and hope. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, or just look hopefully to the New Year, may the next few weeks bring you peace and fellowship.

2. On Saturday, December 9, I will perform at Northern Spirits in San Marcos, CA. Joining me will be pianist John Opferchuch, bassist Antar Martin, and drummer Chris Cancelliere. Northern Spirits is located at 727 West San Marcos Blvd, in San Marcos, CA. They serve delicious food based in traditional Thai cuisine, and have a full bar. There is no cover.

3. As I reported last month, we have about half of the new CD, The Unknown Dameron, “in the can,” as we used to say back when we recorded on tape. Now, it all gets transported in these tiny thumb drives. While I was in the Bay Area for Thanksgiving I met with Danielle Wertz, who performed with me last spring at the Smithsonian Art Museum in Washington, DC, and my old friend, pianist Ken Cook, to work out logistics for the session we will do in February or March. Once we have our next date for a concert here in San Diego at Dizzy’s, I can make the arrangements for what I hope will be the final recording session. Perhaps we can be ready for a release next fall.

4. The Grammy Nominees have been announced. While I vote in these awards, I do find the category of “Best Improvised Solo” a bit absurd. Still, it is important that the Academy of the music industry recognizes our idiom. Here are those in the Jazz Categories:

Best Improvised Jazz Solo?(For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter’s name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.)
• Can’t Remember Why, Sara Caswell, soloist, Track from: Whispers On The Wind (Chuck Owen And The Jazz Surge)
• Dance Of Shiva, Billy Childs, soloist, Track from: Rebirth
• Whisper Not, Fred Hersch, soloist, Track from: Open Book
• Miles Beyond, John McLaughlin, soloist, Track from: Live @ Ronnie Scott’s (John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension)
• Ilimba, Chris Potter, soloist, Track from: The Dreamer Is The Dream

Best Jazz Vocal Album?(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal jazz recordings.)
• The Journey, The Baylor Project
• A Social Call, Jazzmeia Horn
• Bad Ass And Blind, Raul Midón
• Porter Plays Porter, Randy Porter Trio With Nancy King
• Dreams And Daggers, Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album?(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new instrumental jazz recordings.)
• Uptown, Downtown, Bill Charlap Trio
• Rebirth, Billy Childs
• Project Freedom, Joey DeFrancesco & The People
• Open Book, Fred Hersch
• The Dreamer Is The Dream, Chris Potter

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album?(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new ensemble jazz recordings.)
• MONK’estra Vol. 2, John Beasley
• Jigsaw, Alan Ferber Big Band
• Bringin’ It, Christian McBride Big Band
• Homecoming,Vince Mendoza & WDR Big Band Cologne, Whispers On The Wind, Chuck Owen And The Jazz Surge

Best Latin Jazz Album?(For vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material. The intent of this category is to recognize recordings that represent the blending of jazz with Latin, Iberian-American, Brazilian, and Argentinian tango music.)
• Hybrido – From Rio To Wayne Shorter, Antonio Adolfo
• Oddara, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
• Outra Coisa – The Music Of Moacir Santos, Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves
• Típico, Miguel Zenón
Jazz Tango, Pablo Ziegler Trio

5. Two months ago I shared a plea for help for Helen Borgers, who was facing catastrophic medical expenses. While I only knew of her by reputation, she is mentioned in my book on Tadd Dameron, and I am honored to count her brother Ken among my friends. It is with sorrow that I have to say to you that she did not survive. She is mourned not only by family, friends, and the Southern California jazz community, but by the Long Beach theater community, as well. Here is the obituary from the LA Times.

6. Gigs

As reported above, I will be at Northern Spirits in San Marcos, CA on Saturday, December 9, and playing as a sideman with Dene Davison on Wednesdays, and Fred Hardy on Thursdays every week this month. I’ll also be in the band for Geri Kepler’s Vocal Showcase on Tuesday, December 5. You can see all the dates and venues here.

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.

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3.

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