BoMuse News, vol. 18, no. 4
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.
1. East Coast Tour
2. Unknown Dameron Progress
3. Vanessa Rubin’s Dameron CD
4. My YouTube Channel
1. I will be on the East Coast for the second half of April, giving a talk at the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS), doing some performing, as well as visiting family and friends. On Wednesday April 17, 7:00PM, I will give a talk on Tadd Dameron at the IJS, which will include some of my recent research. The IJS is located on the 4th floor of the Dana Library, at the Newark campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, located at 185 University Avenue, in Newark. After that it is off to the Boston Area to revisit Savinos Grill with my old friend guitarist Mark Michaels. On Good Friday I will join the ensemble for Bob Franke’s Good Friday Meditations, which we have been performing since 1980. How can I not be there? My visit ends with a return to Jazz At The Tap, the Sunday night series I started in Haverhill, MA across the street from its current location. Details are in the Events on my Web-site, and in the Gigs section of this newsletter.
2. We are still on track for a June release of Unknown Dameron, my new CD on Summit Records. The tracks are all mixed and mastered, and as you can see we have the cover art. All that’s left is the booklet, and then we go into manufacturing. As I think I have said before, I feel it is an honor to have this CD come out on Summit.
3. My friend Vanessa Rubin has released her long awaited CD of songs by Tadd Dameron. For this project Vanessa commissioned little big-band arrangements from writers who knew Tadd personally, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath, and Cleveland’s Willie “Face” Smith. There is also a lovely chart of “Never Been In Love” from Bobby Watson. Vanessa has also written lyrics for some of Tadd’s instrumental compositions including “The Dream is You,” from a big band project Tadd arranged for Milt Jackson. With Vanessa’s lyric it is titled “Reveries Do Come True.” The project got a nice write up in Down Beat magazine, and it is available from CD Baby and iTunes, the links are at Vanessa’s Website. I had the honor of writing the liner notes.
4. While I have known for some time that video has become a marketing necessity in the 21st Century, I have had difficulty getting a handle on it. After a couple of tries over the last decade, I am finally ready to start my own YouTube channel. If it isn’t up with an introductory video by the time you read this, it should be soon after. I hope to have at least this first little place holder up before I head East. Meanwhile, I have a professional videographer/editor/director friend of mine, John Brooks, working on a promotional video for the CD, which should be ready very soon. Maybe we can get that one up before I fly out, as well. If you will forgive the “Extra,” (I try to keep them to a minimum) I will announce the channel when it is viewable.
Thank you to those who came out to hear Dave Castel Del Oro and me at la Mesa Wine Works. Dave and I will be playing at the San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room and Gallery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa CA, on Saturday April 6 at 7:00 PM. It will be our first time there together. I continue to play with Dene Davidson on Tuesdays, 6:00 PM, at Witch Creek Winery, and Wednesdays around the corner from there in the courtyard of Carlsbad Village Faire, with the addition of guitarist Joey Carano, at 2:30 PM. Dene and Joey will carry on without me while I am gone, but I will be back on May 1. While I am away.
On the East Coast, there is my talk at the Institute of Jazz Studies, 7:00 PM, April 17 in Newark; a duo with Mark Michaels at Savinos Grill in Belmont, MA, 8:00 PM, April 18; Bob Franke’s Good Friday Cantata, 8:00 PM, April 19, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Marblehead, MA; and a Paul Combs Quintet at the Tap in Haverhill, MA, April 28, 6:30 PM. Addresses for all of these are listed in the Events section here at paulcombs.com.
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. There are no house concerts to announce this month, but be sure to watch this sections for more in the future.
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