BoMuse News, vol. 17, no. 6
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1. House Concert
2. JJA Awards
3. Arts Education Resource Organization – AERO
1. On Friday, June 15, I will have the great pleasure of playing a house concert with pianist Melonie Grinnell, bassist Antar Martin, and drummer Richard Sellers. The concert starts at 6:30 pm at the home of Debbie Wolfe. Debbie, who also sings, graciously opens her home on a monthly basis to give jazz concerts by local musicians. It is a warm and intimate space for playing music, and I am really delighted to be invited to give this concert, especially with these musicians. Most recently Debbie herself performed for the benefit of the Young Lions Jazz Academy. The concert, which was a big success, raised money for a scholarship to the Young Lions specifically for young female musicians. You can find directions in Events on my web-site, or contact Debbie directly at <FascinatorArt@aol.com>
2. A couple of issues ago I announced the Jazz Heroes Awards from the Jazz Journalists Association. June is the month for the JJA awards for artists and fellow journalists. Benny Golson has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, and there are many other folks honored. You can see the entire list here.
3. I have written before about the Arts Education Resource Organization (AERO), and I would like to spread the word again here. At a recent meeting, we were talking abut the lack of public awareness of AERO and what it does. Specifically AERO facilitates the access of schools in San Diego County to arts education programs from outside of the school’s resources. These range from those offered by large organizations, such as the San Diego museums, to individual artist/educators. Since the economic crises of the last 25+ years, arts education in California public schools has been under duress, to say the least. AERO exists to offer some relief for this situation, and beyond that, should we be able to restore proper “in house” arts education in all of our schools, to offer enrichment of those programs that do exist.
It is important that the general public become aware of AERO’s existence and efforts, since the support of parent organizations and individual parents is key to encouraging schools to take advantage of the programs offered by AERO members. Unfortunately, not many outside of the arts education community know about AERO. Even within the arts community at large, people are unaware of this organization.
One of AERO’s strengths actually ends up being part of this awareness problem. AERO is a completely volunteer organization, and because of the logistical help it receives from the County Department of Education, funding is not an issue for its existence. Therefore, it is never having to appeal for financial support. It is because of appeals that most people become aware of non-profits engaged in good works.
So I am asking you to go to the AERO website, and find out more. If you are on Facebook, look up <aero san diego> to see some of the things members are doing. The way the page is set up I don’t think you can “friend” it, but members post about their activities. If you have children, look into ways your schools arts programs can be helped. If you have grandchildren, share this information with your grown children. If you have no children, share this with your neighbors
4. This month I continue to be part of the Dene Davidson Trio on Wednesdays at the Village Faire in Carlsbad, except for June 6, when I will be in the studio working on the Unknown Dameron CD. On June 7 I’ll celebrate my birthday as the guest artist with the Fred Hardy Quartet at Cafe Europa. Of course, there is my own quartet in Debbie Wolfe’s house concert mentioned above in the first item. Finally, I will be in the band backing Dorothy Darling’s tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at Fast Times on June 12. Times and locations are listed at Events at my Website.
If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3. If you are in any of the other major markets, you likely have a jazz radio station, which I hope you support, and they should have listings as well. And if you don’t already, follow me @BoMuseMusic.
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