BoMuse News, v17 n2

BoMuse News, vol. 17 no. 2

BoMuse News is a monthly newsletter from BoMuse Music. It presents items of interest related to jazz, and advocacy for music education, as well as news of releases from BoMuse Music and the performing activities of Paul Combs. Questions and comments should be sent by visiting “Contact” at Paul Combs’ Web-site.
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1. Refreshments at Dizzy’s
2. San Diego Sessions
3. University of Michigan Press Blogs
4. Passings – Jacob “Coco” Shumann
7. Gigs

1. As those of you living in the San Diego area know Chuck Perrin has moved the Dizzy’s concerts to the Musicians’ Union hall at 1717 Morena Blvd., which has a nice little serving area for refreshments. A group of parents and students of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) are now selling light refreshments at the Dizzy’s performances to raise money for the school’s top level jazz big band’s trips. For instance in 2016, they were one of only 15 school bands that were accepted to take part in the Essentially Ellington program organized by Jazz At Lincoln Center. They also attend other festivals and jazz education events, and you can read more about the program here. Next time you go to Dizzy’s be sure to have a little treat and help to support this very worthy cause.

2. My son is an aficionado of podcasts, and suggested to me that I look into listening to them. As it turns out my friends, pianist Ed Kornhauser, and saxophonist/engineer Ian Tordella have been producing one for awhile here in San Diego called, appropriately, San Diego Sessions. I have only just started to listening to these, but I find them a fascinating window on the local jazz scene. The podcast series was started only recently, but they are up to 21 episodes, at the time of this writing. While I have gotten to know many of the interviewees, and have performed with some of them, it is nice to find out more about my new neighbors. I listen via the podcast application on my iPad which has a resident podcast player, which also exists on my iPhone. For listening on your computer Ian and Ed suggest you use Stitcher.

3. University of Michigan Press, the publisher of my book Dameronia – the Life and Music of Tadd Dameron, has a Facebook page. We U. Mich. Press authors are invited and encouraged to make postings there to follow up on our books, and share ideas. For instance I just read a posting that comforted me no end. Someone had posted about her personal library, how she had many books there she had yet to read, and her strategy for catching up with her collection. It was a relief to find that I am not the only one with this problem (-;). The only problem with using Facebook for blog postings is that it is difficult to search the collection. Now that I understand this, I have also placed my postings in the Articles section of my Website. There are two so far, and I will be writing another soon. The posts are AUTHOR PAUL COMBS WISHES TADD DAMERON HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and DAMERONIA – Post Publication Research and News.

4. I used to run an obituary column here in BoMuse News, but stopped a while back, mostly because of the amount of time it took to prepare it, and because most of the information was reported in other media, at least concerning well known people. However, in reading the news via the BBC, one of my go to sources for news, I read of the passing of guitarist Coco Shumann, a musician I was unaware of. His story is a remarkable one, and testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music – specifically jazz – to sustain that spirit.

One of my sources for information on the passings of Jazz Community members, and other jazz news is the mailings from the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt. You can subscribe by sending a request to them at < > We grateful to the Jazzinstitut for this service.

5. Gigs

I continue playing with Dene Davidson on Wednesday afternoons in Carlsbad, and Fred Hardy on Thursday evenings in Pacific Beach and you can see the times and locations in Events, as well as anything else that comes up. Next month I will be adding a new venue, and playing a few gigs in Massachusetts. In April the Quintet will return to Dizzy’s for more gems from the pen of Tadd Dameron.

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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