BoMuse News, January 2019

BoMuse News, January 2019, vol. 18, no. 1

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. Lenore Raphael at Wolfe Gardens
  2. La Mesa Wine Works
  3. SDSCPA Jazz Band at JEN Conference
  4. Theater Scholarships
  5. 18 Years of BoMuse News
  6. Gigs


1 I hope your will forgive me for repeating an item from last month, but I do want to make sure to get the word out about My friend, pianist Lenore Raphael who will be playing at Wolfe Gardens, the house concert hosted by Deborah Wolfe, in a duo with bassist Rob Thorsen on Friday January 4, at 7:00. Since the concert takes place a Deborah’s home, I won’t provide the address here, but you can contact me and I will pass your email on to Deborah, who can add you to the invitation list. Lenore is Steinway Artist who is well established on the East Coast. She Typically makes a West Coast tour in January. Last year schedules worked out so that she could play the Jazz Happy Hour at the Handlery Hotel, and she delighted the full house audience. This year her tour includes several venues in California, including *The Merc, in Temecula, and the Vibrato, in LA. Lenore will also be performing at the Tuscon Jazz Festival. This will be our chance to hear her here in San Diego. As last year, I will sit in for a number of two, as well.

*(If you use this link, click on Sherry’s picture, and then Jazz at The Merc.)

2. Last spring I started playing at the La Mesa Wine Works on a semi-regular basis. La Mesa Wine Works is a comfortable and cheerful space with good acoustics, and the management has made it a home for musicians in a variety of idioms, including jazz. Last Weekend the jazz, which is most often presented on Sunday afternoons, was featured on Friday and Saturday evenings, with Larry Friedman’s Schrodingers’ Jazz Cats on Friday, And the Gypsy Swing Cats, featuring Steve Nichols and Guy Gonzalez on Guitars, with Cecil McBee Jr. on Bass on Saturday. Both evenings were pleasurable, with some fun interpretations of Christmas songs sprinkled in, including a 5/4 rendition of Jingle Bells.

Steve Nichols, Cecil McBee Jr.,& Guy Gonzales at La Mesa Wine Works
Steve Nichols, Cecil McBee Jr.,& Guy Gonzales

I will be there on Sunday, December 30, 1:30 to 4:30 with pianist Adam Wolff, and again on Sunday, January 27, with pianist Dave Castel Del Oro. The wines are tasty, and you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or dinner. The full calendar is here.

3. It’s almost time for the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference, and, unlike last year, this time I will be able to attend. JEN, as you may know, is the successor to the International Association of Jazz Educators, and is one of the major music education organizations. One of the great features of music education conferences is performances by student groups. Unlike other educator conferences, say language, history, or mathematics, music educators bring their students to the conference. In fact San Diego’s own School of Creative and Performing Arts (SDSCPA) is sending its top jazz ensemble, the “Ellington Band” to this year’s conference in Reno NV. Recently, I got to hear the band, under the direction of Dr. John Reynolds, when they performed at Dizzy’s, and I am certainly looking forward to hearing them again at the conference.

4. Since the deadlines for these scholarships is still a couple of weeks away I would like to repeat this information, which came to me via the Arts Education Resource Organization (AREO) and the La Jolla Playhouse.

The American Theatre Wing (ATW) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative University Scholarships. According to the ATW “Scholarships of $40,000 ($10,000 a year, renewable for four years), will be given to high school seniors who demonstrate need, talent, and the interest to attend a four year university theatre program. The student’s area of focus can be in any aspect of theatre from performance, to design, to writing, to stage management, and others. To learn more, please visit our website. The deadline to apply for the 2019 University Scholarships is Friday, January 25th, 2019 at 11:59PM EST. To start an application, please click here. If you have any questions about the University Scholarship program, please email Programs Associate, Alicia Vnencak, at alicia@thewing.orgor call our office at 212-765-0606.”

Another ATW Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative scholarship helps middle and high schools students attend summer theater training programs. The area of study can be any aspect of theatre- acting, directing, design, etc. Click here for a list of theatre programs by state. the deadline to apply for a 2019 Training Scholarship is Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 11:59PM EST. There is no fee to apply – click here to start an application..

5. With this issue I enter the 19th year of putting out this news letter. With only a month here and there missing, mostly during my move to the West Coast and getting settled out here, it has been an almost continuous venture that has covered a period of time that included fall of the IAJE, the founding of Jazz Week, the passing of great musicians, and the arrival of new ones on the scene. While this is one of my ways of maintaining some awareness of my own humble efforts as a musician, I hope I have managed to inform my readers of various events, organizations, and personalities other than myself. I plan to continue this, and hope you find this newsletter useful and informative. A couple of years ago my mailing list was lost in the demise of the mailing service I was using. If you do enjoy these newsletters, please consider forwarding them to others. Subscriptions can be made by simply emailing me at this address, or contacting me here with the contact form at the bottom of the site.

6. Gigs: The Wednesday afternoon gig, 2:30 4:30, that Dene Davidson established at the Carlsbad Village Faire continues. Carlsbad Village Faire is located at 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., between Pacific Coast Highway and the railroad tracks. In addition Dene now has a gig at Tuesday evenings, 5:00 – 8:00, at Witch Creek Winery. I join him occasionally, but my January is filling up, so I cannot say at the moment just which Tuesdays I will be there.

As mentioned above Adam Wolff and I will return to the La Mesa Wine Works on Sunday December 30, from 1:30 to 4:30. The Wine Works is a lovely place to hang out on a Sunday afternoon, and we hope to see you there. See the details here.

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston, visit the Facebook page for Jazz at the Tap, and the Seacoast Jazz Society Web site. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3.

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