BoMuse News, vol. 18, no. 5
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. Mission Trails Church Concerts
2. San Pasqual Wine Tasting Room
3. My You Tube channel
4. San Diego Music Students Distinguish Themselves in NYC
5. My Trip East
6. CD Update
1. A few issues ago I reported about the concerts that were being given in the lovely little auditorium at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center. These concerts, organized by a volunteer group, were presented twice a month, and because the Visitor Center felt they needed the facility for more of their own programs the series stopped at the end of the year.
Fortunately, the series has reemerged as the Second Sunday Community Concerts, which take place at Mission Trails Church, 4880 Zion Ave, San Diego, CA, which is easily accessible from either Mission George Rd., or Waring Rd. The concerts are free, but a donation is requested, and all the proceeds go to the musicians.
This month’s concert, Sunday May 12 at 3:00, will feature Melonie Ginnell and me. We will be playing a variety of tunes from the American Song Book and the pens of great jazz composers, including Tadd Dameron, of course.
We are delighted to have been invited to give this recital, and on behalf of all of us local musicians, we thank these good folks for making these recitals possible.
2. Last month I played with Dave Castel Del Oro at the San Pasqual Tasting Room and Gallery, on La Mesa Boulevard In La Mesa. It is a small intimate room, great for listening and performing, and I am looking forward to playing there again. They have live music, in a variety of styles, Saturday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. It’s located right off the Spring street exit on the 8, and the Orange Line stops at La Mesa Boulevard. I recommend it highly. There are some nice restaurants in ‘the village’ as well. You can see who is playing there on their Website under ‘events’. Dave and I will be there again on Saturday May 11.
3. The Paul Combs YouTube Channel is up and running. To make me stand out from the other Paul Combses on You Tube I am now ‘Paul Combs – BoMuse.’ Right now there is just one video, an introduction to the channel, but soon there will be a short history of my Pocket Big Band, which is still swinging under the direction of my friend Mike Jacobs. There will also be a two or three part video based on the talk I just gave at the Institute Of Jazz Studies (see article 5), and as I have the time to make them, the first of my short lessons. If you like going to You Tube please visit my channel, click the like button and subscribe. It will help me get this up and running, and I hope you will find the content interesting.
4. On the flight to Newark, NJ, I met a parent of a student at Mira Mesa High School, accompanying students from Mira Mesa High School. Both the symphony orchestra and the wind ensemble were on their way to take part in the New York International Music Festival at Carnegie Hall. It took place on April 16, so this item from Channel 7, San Diego was written before the fact, but it will give you some background information.
May 9-11 are the dates for the 24th Annual Essentially Ellington Festival of high school jazz big bands, held at Lincoln Center, in New York. For the second time in three years the band’s director, Dr. John Reynolds, will bring his students to this festival. This band is one of only fifteen from across the United States to make the cut. As I reported in February, I got to hear this band give a beautiful performance at the Jazz Education Network Conference in January, at 9:00 in the morning with half of them sick with colds, no less.
We can be very proud of our young musicians in San Diego, and their dedicated teachers. While our state has a long way to go yet in really restoring proper support for arts education in our public schools, it is encouraging to see these achievements.
5. My journey started in New Jersey with a visit to my son, and a couple of days of research, and catching up with old friends at the Institute of Jazz Studies, at Rutgers University’s Newark campus. I always enjoy research, it brings out the closet detective in me, and the results of this particular research will be the subject of one of the episodes of the video mentioned above. It will also be posted to the University of Michigan Press blog, and on my Website, probably some time in June. The talk was well received, and in addition to my IJS friends, Vincent Pelote, Tad Hershorn, and Elizabeth Surles, the audience included author Noal Cohen, who along with Michael Fitzgerald, wrote Rat Race Blues, the biography of saxophonist, composer and educator Gigi Gryce. Their book provided me with some of the information for mine on Tadd Dameron. The talk, and the research were about Dameron, of course. I just can’t seem to get away from him, but it is gratifying to see the positive response I have been getting for my efforts.
Next it was off to Boston, and environs. As soon as I arrived my old friend guitarist Mark Michaels and I had a gig at Savinos, a lovely Italian restaurant in Belmont, MA. The next night I took part in Bob Franke’s Meditations on Good Friday, which I have taken part in every time it has been performed since 1980. Next year is our 40th anniversary. As always it was a moving experience.
The next several days were taken up with visiting as many friends as time allowed, including a jam session at the Press Room in Portsmouth, NH, where I had played many times, starting as far back as 1979. The Press Room has been extensively renovated, and it is gorgeous. I also made another jam session in Cambridge at the Cantab Lounge, which also brought back memories. The trip finished off with a gig at The Tap Brewing Co. in Haverhill, MA. A kind of home coming for me, since Jazz at the Tap is the continuation of the Sunday evening jazz performances I started at the Chit Chat Lounge, which was just across the street from The Tap Brewing Co. I was reunited with trumpeter Bill Cable, guitarist Hank Wiktorowicz, bassist John Doherty, and drummer Jody Bregler, all of whom have been partners in past musical adventures. We also had several other musical friends sit in in the last set. I am eternally grateful to John Doherty and Kevin McDermott in particular, for taking over the Jazz At series after I left, and making it ever better than it was before. Also to Mike Jacobs for taking over leadership of the Pocket Big Band, the existence of which was the original rationale for the Jazz At Chit Chat series.
All in all a great trip, with even some prospects for more performances when I return next year. It was wonderful to catch up with all these old friends, and equally fine to be back again in my new home. I am truly a very fortunate guy.
6. After I finish posting this, I will proof read the booklet, and all the components of the CD will be in place. It will be released some time next month, as planned. In addition the promotional campaign began right after Easter. I was told that it sparked a lot of interest. Not being one to count chickens too early, I am watching for results cautiously, since there are many fine releases coming out all the time. We also have a short promotional video in the works which should be up very soon. As I think I have said before, I feel it is an honor to have this CD come out on Summit Records.
Again, Melonie Grinnell and I will give a concert at the Mission Trails Church, 4880 Zion Ave., San Diego, CA 91920, at 3:00 pm on May 12 (Happy Mother’s Day). The night before, in a less formal setting, Dave Castel Del Oro and I will be at the San Pasqual Tasting Room And Gallery, 8364 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa CA, 91942, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, Saturday May 11.
Of course, now that I am home I will be back with Dene Davidson on our Carlsbad gigs, Tuesdays at the Witch Creek Winery, Pacific Highway and Grand Ave., 6:00 – 9:00 pm, and around the corner in the courtyard of the Carlsbad Village Faire, with guitarist Joey Carano, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Finally, I’ll be back at La Mesa Wine Works, Sunday May 26, 1:30 – 4:30. By then the walkway from Spring Street should be open, so you can get there from the La Mesa Blvd. stop on the Orange Line, if you like. All these are listed at the Events page here on my Website, of course.
If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston, visit the Facebook page for Jazz at the Tap, the Seacoast Jazz Society Web site, and for Brookline the Post Underground. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3.
As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!