BoMuse News, vol. 17, no. 8
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. JazzWeek Summit
2. Good News from the Musicians Union
3. CD Progress
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.
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!
AFM International President”
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.
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!