BoMuse News, v17 n9

BoMuse News, vol. 17, no. 9

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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.

Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter, and Facebook , and now at All About Jazz.

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1. Jazz At Chit Chat Ends
2. Wolfe Garden House Concerts
3. AERO Professional Development
4. JazzWeek Summit/San Jose Jazz Fest
5. Gigs

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1. Back in 2002, after I put the Pocket Big Band together, I wanted to find a place where we could play regularly, develop the band, and build an audience. A friend, Patty McCarron, suggested I get in touch with another friend, Gary Scena of the Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill, MA. The Chit Chat booked rock bands and singer/songwriters, and I actually had some history with the place going back to the 1970s. The stage was dark on Sundays, and Gary offered me the night. We recorded our Sea Breeze Jazz CD, aptly titled “Live At Chit Chat,” there, with Gary as engineer. In an effort not to ware out our welcome, I started booking other local jazz folks on alternate Sundays, and Jazz At Chit Chat was born. From piano trios to big bands, we presented jazz pretty much every Sunday from that point until just a week or so ago. Jazz at Chit Chat managed to survive two changes of ownership over the years, but with the most recent change of owners, it has come to an end. It was a good run, some 16 years, and I am delighted to say that both the Pocket Big Band and Jazz At Chit Chat survived my departure, thanks to the efforts of John Doherty, Mike Jacobs, and many others of the stalwarts of the Sunday jazz series. Efforts are being made to find a new home for the Pocket Big Band and the Sunday jazz series in the lower Merrimac Valley. I will be watching developments closely, and for now so can you at the Jazz At Chit Chat Facebook page.

By the way, “Live At Chit Chat” is out of print, but I will soon have it available from my Website, which is being rebuilt as I write this.

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2. We had to postpone a house concert in June (v17, n6) and I am happy to say that we have been rescheduled for Saturday, October 20. I will have more about that in the next issue, but I do want to tell you about this wonderful series of concerts at the home of Deborah Wolfe. On Friday September 7, Pianist Jeremy Siskind will perform with a quartet. Siskind, teaches at Fullerton (CA) College, and was winner of the 2012 Nottingham International Piano Competition, and has toured extensively internationally. On Friday September 21 a trio of well-known New York based musicians, guitarist Roni Ben Hur, bassist Harvey S, and drummer Silvia Cuenca, will be Deborah’s guests. Needless to say, I feel honored to be included in this series. Since these concerts take place in a private home, I would publish the location, but if you would like to attend either or both of these concerts, you can contact me and I will put you in touch with Deborah.

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3. As I have reported here before, I sit on two committees of the Arts Education Resource Organization (AERO). One of them, the Professional Development Committee, will present its first workshop of the season, Creative Collaborations With Arts Integration, on Saturday, September 8, 9 AM – Noon, at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego. As described by the organizers, “the workshop will be of interest to teaching artists, classroom teachers, administrators, as well as parents. In this interactive workshop, we will explore what Arts Integration is, look at co-teaching models, experience an Arts Integrated lesson, and collaborate with other educators to develop an Arts Integrated lesson plan.” The workshop is free for all AERO Organization Associates, and only $15for non-members. You can see the flyer for the Creative Collaborations With Arts Integration workshop here. On the second page there is as list of AERO Organizations Associates.

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4. I had a delightful and productive time in San Jose. First the JazzWeek Jazz Summit, which was concerned with how we in the jazz community can roll with all the changes that are that are happening in the professional arts world in general, and the jazz world in particular. This was particularly timely for me with the upcoming release of my new CD, and the promotional campaign that I am starting to prepare. As a result, I am reworking my Website, and hope to have this done by October.

The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest was a wonderful as always. Highlights for me included Yissy García’s Bandancha, Doug Beavers’ Titanes Del Trombón: Tribute to Cheo Fleiciano, and serving Sunday  as the MC at one of the stages. I got to hear bassist/vocalist Jeff Denson, who played on the San Rafael session for the new CD, perform pieces from his new CD, and I even sat in on a number with one of the bands, Octobop. In short, I heard a lot of great music, caught up with old friends, and made some new ones.

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5. Gigs
I have three big gigs coming up in the next few weeks. First, the Jazz Happy Hour at the Handlery Hotel, with Melonie Grinnell, piano, and Antar Martin bass. If you haven’t discovered this wonderful listening room, you really should. Every Friday, from 5:30 – 7:30 esteemed flutist Holly Hofmann and the hotel present some of the best small group jazz, including performances by visiting dignitaries. On Saturday, September 15, I’ll lead a quartet of Jim Guerin, piano, John Ross, bass, and my old friend Matt Taylor, drums, at Northern Spirits in San Marcos. We start at 7:30 and the Thai food is delicious. On Friday, September 28 I’ll give a concert at Dizzy’s here in San Diego, with Hugo Suarez, piano, Antar Martin, bass, and Matt Taylor, drums. There is no cover at the Handlery or Northern Spirits, where food and drink are available. Dizzy’s is a concert setting and the admission is $20.00 at the door. Details are in the Events page here at my Website.

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston, and check out the exciting series at the University of New Hampshire Traditional Jazz Series, with Carl Allen, Joe Lovano, Bobby Watson and more! In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter, and Facebook , and now at All About Jazz.

BoMuse News, v17 v8

BoMuse News, vol. 17, no. 8

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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.
Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter, and Facebook

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1. JazzWeek Summit
2. Good News from the Musicians Union
3. CD Progress
4. Gigs

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1. It’s August, and that means it’s time for the JazzWeek Summit conference, August 9 & 10. The Summit is a gathering of jazz radio, radio promotion, independent label, and artists for the purpose of focusing on the health specifically of jazz radio, and generally the jazz “eco-system.” I have been attending this almost since its inception, and it has not only benefited me professionally, but has introduced me to a community of exceptional people, many of whom have become friends. The Summit is kind of “family reunion” for many of us.

The JazzWeek Summit is typically scheduled with a jazz festival. In the past we have met just before the Rochester International Jazz Festival, and the Detroit Jazz Festival. This year we are again meeting in connection with the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. Along with our registration for the conference, we are given passes to the Festival. We are also invited to emcee one or another of the stages, or individual concerts. I like to give something back to the Festival, so I will be the MC for the Sushi Confidential Stage on Sunday, August 12. If you are at the Festival, stop by and say hello.

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2. From the President of the American Federation of Musicians:

“Thanks to your emails and calls, the U.S. Senate and House both voted to increase NEA funding by $2.2 million (1.42%) for 2019.

The spending package approved earlier this week also increases the National Endowment for the Humanities budget. The House and Senate will meet in the coming weeks to settle differences in the legislative language between their bills, and there should be one more round of votes before the bill goes to the President.

Union musicians and other members of the arts community sent emails, made phone calls and had conversations with their elected officials about the importance of federal arts funding. This shows that when musicians join together, we can achieve amazing results.

When musicians join together to fight, we win!

In Unity,
Ray Hair
AFM International President”

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3. We have completed the recording of The Unknown Dameron (working title). Richard Sellers is fine tuning the mixes, and I am working on the liner notes. As soon as the label and I have agreed on the sequence of the tracks, I’ll be able to tell you more, including a likely release date. In the mean time you might want to check out Madd For Tadd, a CD of big band arrangements by Tadd Dameron put together by Kent Englehardt and Steve Enos. The Web site for the label is a little eccentric, but you can preview the tracks and purchase the CD there. Also keep an eye on Vanessa Rubin’s Web site for her soon to be released CD of Dameron songs, with arrangements by Frank Foster, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, and Tadd’s close friend Willie “Face” Smith.

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4. Gigs

September is shaping up to be a good month for me in terms of performing. Starting with the Labor Day Weekend. While technically still August, I will be playing the Jazz Happy Hour at the Handlery Hotel, 950 Hotel Cl., San Diego, on Friday the 31st. Joining me will be pianist Melonie Grinnell, and bassist Antar Martin. Antar will be on hand again on Friday September 28, when I play at Dizzy’s. There, Antar and I will be joined by pianist Hugo Suarez, and my old friend drummer Matt Taylor. I will continue to play on Wednesday afternoons at the Carlsbad Village Faire as part of Dene Davidson’s Santa Cruz Sound. Still to be confirmed are a September 15 date at Northern Spirits in San Marcos, and a regular, perhaps by-weekly evening in Carlsbad. For the latest on these please follow my professional page at Facebook, or consult the Events page here at www.paulcombs.com. We will be upgrading the site soon, so the exact place on the site may be different from what it is at the moment.

I have some potentially sad news from back in Massachusetts. Jazz At Chit Chat, the Sunday jazz series I started some 15 years ago in Haverhill, MA, may soon come to an end. If you live in northeastern Massachusetts or southeastern New Hampshire, please go support the musicians in the coming weeks. It might convince the new owners to keep the series going. The Chit Chat lounge is located at 103 Washington St., in Haverhill, MA. You can follow the series on Facebook where the calendar for the next two months is posted.

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3. Note: the listing for the Jazz Happy Hour are on the home page of Jazz88.org, scroll about 2/3 of the way down the page.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

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