BoMuse News, vol. 18, no. 7
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. Unknown Dameron Release and Reviews
2. New Video
3. AERO San Diego
4. Tri-C Jazz Festival
1. Unknown Dameron, my new CD on Summit Records, was released on my birthday, June 7, a nice present. It is now available at the Summit website. So far we have received a couple of nice reviews on the Internet, and more in print are sure to follow. The first is on the site jazzdagama.com, run by musician and author Raul DaGama. First there is an article about Dameron that includes a couple of paragraphs about my work, second there is Raul’s review of the CD. Next there was an announcement of the release on the French Website Culture Jazz. More recently Mark Meyers wrote about it on his blog Jazz Wax. By the way, Mark posts daily to Jazz Wax, and if you are a serious jazz fan it is really worth checking out. So far I have booked two “celebrations” of the CD, one at the Handlery on Sunday, August 25, with Melonie Grinnell, Rob Thorsen, and Richard Sellers. The second at Dizzy’s on Friday, October 11, with Derek Cannon, Kamau Kenyatta, Rob Thorsen, and Kevin Higuchi. I am calling these “celebrations” because I will be connecting Tadd’s work with that of others who were inspired by him, as well as playing work by Dameron that we did not record. More on these and other “celebrations” as we get closer.
2. Back in 2013, after the publication of Dameronia, I gave a concert
with the quintet I had assembled, with Jim Cameron, Don Hemwall, Herman Hampton, and Stanley Swann, to play Tadd’s music, and eventually record a CD of some of the music I had discovered. Sadly, due to a lack of resources, I was not able to take this band into the studio. However, I did set up a video camera and document the concert. I have now edited that long video into a dozen shorter ones. The first, with the band playing “Good Bait,” has just been uploaded to my YouTube channel, Paul Combs – BoMuse. The remaining videos will be posted monthly, along with others that I plan to make. Please go take a look, and if you use YouTube, subscribe to my channel, and click the bell. It will help a lot.
3. I had just moved to San Diego when I was invited to join the board of the SoCal Jazz Society, an organization that provided jazz education in the elementary and secondary schools. Since I am a jazz musician and have background in education, it was a good fit. Sadly SoCal Jazz Society had to cease operation due to lack of funding, but even in the short time I was involved, we did some good work with several hundred children. While on that board I accepted a general invitation to join the Governance Committee of the Arts Education Resource Organization of San Diego County (AERO). It has been an honor to have participated in the development of this organization, and to have taken part in planning professional development events presented by AERO. My term on these committees is up, at the same time as my career as a performer, and hopefully an educator at the post secondary level, moves to a new phase. It has been wonderful to get to know others in the arts and arts education community here in my new home, and I hope our paths will continue to cross. I will continue to advocate for and support the advancement of arts education in San Diego County, and to spread the word about AERO San Diego. If you have children in your family in please do whatever you can to support the arts in their schools. STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) needs to be expanded to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ARTS, & math), because the arts touch on, and facilitate all topics that are necessary for a complete education.
4. The Tri-C Jazz Fest in Cleveland, OH just turned 40 this past weekend. Tri-C stands for Cuyahoga Community College which founded the festival and continues to facilitate it. Cleveland is the birthplace of, and in later years something of a sanctuary for Tadd Dameron in hard times. He remains a local hero, and there was some acknowledgement of him this year in the form of a commissioned work by the remarkable bassist, arranger, and composer John Clayton honoring Tadd. It was presented as part of a concert by the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra that included Dianne Reeves singing a couple of Tadd’s songs. I was invited to be interviewed by Joe Mossbrook in the Festival’s Talk Tent. Joe wrote a book about jazz in the Northeast Ohio region that was a big help to me in the early days of my research, and has been very supportive of my work on Dameron over the years. It was good to spend a little time with him again.
I am really grateful to continue to play on Wednesday afternoons (2:30-4:30) at the Carlsbad Village Faire with Joey Carano and Dene Davidson, and on Saturday afternoons (3:00-6:00) at Witch Creek Winery with Dene. I will also be at The Landings at Carlsbad Airport for Sunday Brunch on July 21, 11:00-2:00 with Joey Carano, and the La Mesa Wine Works with Dave Castel Del Oro the following Sunday, July 28, 1:30-4:30. Details are at Events here on my Website.
In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3 and pick up a copy of the Troubadour. 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 now in Brookline, the Post Underground, and where ever you are go join All About Jazz so you can receive their Jazz Near You notices.
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