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BoMuse News, v17 n4

BoMuse News, vol. 17, no. 4

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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. “Dameron” Quintet at Dizzy’s
2. La Mesa Wine Works
3. JJA Jazz Heroes
4. My East Coast Trip
5. Gigs

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1. Friday April 7, I’ll be giving a concert of music by Tadd Dameron at Dizzy’s, which now presents its concerts at the Musicians Union hall, 1717 Morena Blvd., San Diego. Joining me will be trumpeter Derek Cannon, pianist Kamau Kenyatta, bassist Rob Thorsen, and drummer Richard Sellers. The concert starts at 8:00 and will include some of the little-known music by this great composer that will be on the CD I am working on. We have just one more session to complete the project, and it is scheduled for release some time next year.

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2. Thank you to every one who came out to hear Adam Wolff and me at La Mesa Wine Works and couple of Sundays ago. We had a very nice afternoon, and I understand we will be invited back. La Mesa Wine Works features wines from two local wineries, and has provided me a taste-bud opening experience regarding the uniqueness of Southern California wines. They present local jazz musicians every Sunday afternoon.

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3. The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) honors not only jazz musicians and those write about jazz, but local activists who work hard to support the music and bring awareness to their communities. As they explain it:

“The Jazz Journalists Association is pleased to announce the 2018 Jazz Heroes: Advocates, altruists, activists, aiders and abettors of jazz who have had significant impact in their local communities. The ‘Jazz Hero’ awards, made annually on the basis of nominations from community members, are presented by their local fans and friends in conjunction with the JJA’s annual Jazz Awards honoring significant achievements in jazz music and journalism.”
This year’s honorees are, the following, and you can read about each by clicking on their names :
1. Atlanta: Dr. Dwight Andrews
2. Baltimore: Lea Gilmore
3. Chicago: Margaret Murphy-Webb
4. Detroit: James Gallert and Lars Bjorn
5. Denver: Charleszine Nelson
6. Hartford CT: Maurice Robertson
7. Miami: Robert D. Bielecki
8. Minneapolis-St.Paul: Larry Englund
9. New Orleans: Ellis Marsalis Jr.
10. New York City: Bruce Lee Gallanter
11. Philadelphia: Rhenda Fearrington
12. Tucson: Pete Swan
13. Pittsburgh: Roger Humphries
14. Portland OR: Marcia K. Hocker
15. San Diego: Daniel Atkinson
16. Seattle: Karen Caropepe
17. SF Bay Area: Angela Wellman
18. St. Louis: Jim Widner
19. Tallahassee FL:  Therese  & Christopher Seepersaud
20. Washington D.C.: Larry Appelbaum

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4. I started my annual East Coast trip in New York and New Jersey with a visit to my son. While there I met with Don Sickler of Second Floor and 28th Street Music to take care of some final business for the CD. Second Floor now has a terrific on-line resource called jazzleadsheets.com, where one can purchase lead sheets for a dizzying array of tunes and songs by many great jazz composers, including Tadd Dameron, of course. I also visited the Institute of Jazz Studies and Rutgers University – Newark, where I did a lot of my research for Damerona – the Life and Music of Tadd Dameron. I will be giving a talk there on Dameron and his music as part of their monthly Roundtable series, next year on April 17, 2019. More on that when the time comes, of course.

I had some business to take care of in the Boston Area, as well as the yearly performance

Bob Franke with the Cantata cast 4/30/18

of Bob Franke’s Good Friday Cantata. We first performed this in 1980, and I have played in it every time since. While it is now a good distance from my home, and I could be replaced, I guess my contributions to this work have become an integral part. It has also become something of a “family reunion,” and, of course, I have great admiration for Bob’s music. There was also the opportunity to play a couple of the gigs I used to play when I lived there, thanks to my friend and go-to guitarist, Mark Michaels. The visit finished with a gig at the Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill, MA, on the Sunday night

Jim Cameron, Mark Michaels, John Doherty, Paul, Jody Bregler

jazz series I started many years ago. In these days of diminishing venues – especially in the Boston area – it is a comfort that this jazz night continues, along with the little big band I founded.

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5. Gigs

In addition to our concert at Dizzy’s, my regular Wednesday, with Dene Davidson, and Thursday, with Fred Hardy, gigs continue. Click here to get the details.

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

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BoMuse News, v15 n4

BoMuse News, vol. 15, no. 4

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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.

Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter.

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1. SoCal Jazz Society Fundraiser Event
2. Concert At Cuyamaca College
3. Concern Over Future of WWOZ
4. Bohemian Cavern Closes
5. Reflections on A Trip East
6. Congratulations
7. Passings
8. The Schedule

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1. On Sunday, April 24 from 2:00-5:00 PM, The SoCal Jazz Society will present its annual Fundraising Event at the Musicians Association of San Diego Hall, 1717 Morena Boulevard, San Diego CA. The Event will feature a trio led by Grammy Award Winning pianist and producer Kamau Kenyatta, and a host of guest performers including some of the Society’s teachers and Board members. There will also be a silent auction, and of course the proceeds go to support SoCal Jazz Society’s educational work in the San Diego Schools. A donation of $25 is requested for admission, and the proceeds of the door and the auction will help us to continue to bring our program to as many schools as possible. The SoCal Jazz Society is a 501.c3 organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

The SoCal Jazz Society is devoted to increasing the enjoyment, understanding and interest in the American art form of Jazz Music by providing in-school classes, master classes and private jazz music education, as well as concerts and the promotion of jazz events in the Southern California region.

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2. On Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 PM, the Grossmont College Afro-Cuban Ensemble, with Special Guest Manny Cepeda, and Grossmont Jazz Band will give a joint concert at the Performing Arts Center of Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy., in El Cajon, CA. Both bands have been hard at work preparing this evening of music. I’ll be in the sax section of the Afro-Cuban Ensemble, along with some special guests. There is $10.00 admission.

The Afro-Cuban Ensemble will also take part in a Jazz Night at Helix High School, 7323 University Ave, La Mesa, CA, along with the high school and an middle school jazz bands, and Special Guest trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos. Admission is $10.00.
http://helixinstrumental.org/

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3. We are watching a drama unfold at New Orleans radio station WWOZ. Several long-time staff members have resigned over a variety of issues. While I do not “have a dog in this fight,” I do care very much about the health of jazz radio, and hope this will all be resolved  satisfactorily in the end.

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4. Another sad day for live jazz. Last summer we lost Act III, the successor to the Acton Jazz Cafe, in Littleton, MA. Just a few weeks ago Ingrid Croce closed her excellent restaurant and listening room, Croce’s Park West in San Diego. Now the venerable Bohemian Caverns in Washington DC has closed its doors.

http://jazztimes.com/articles/171748-bohemian-caverns-d-c-jazz-landmark-set-to-close

http://tinyurl.com/j477s3p

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5. Congratulations to Christian McBride on his appointment as the Artistic Director for Newport Jazz Festival.

Congratulations to Phillip Griggs. “Just a few weeks ago on the 58th GRAMMY Awards telecast, GRAMMY Foundation Honorary Chair Ryan Seacrest announced the recipient of our 2016 Music Educator Award, Phillip Riggs. Phillip has taught band and choir at various grade levels in North Carolina for the past 27 years. Currently an instructor of music at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, he is a recipient of the Exceptional Contribution in Outreach Award presented annually by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors for his work with music programs throughout North Carolina.” — Neil Portnow, President/CEO, The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation

And if not congratulations exactly, at least some justice for Cecil Taylor in his long-time struggle to regain award money that was stolen from him by a con-artist.

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6. My little East Coast tour was a pleasure on several levels. It started with reuniting with my old friend Jim Cameron at the Northampton (MA) Jazz Workshop Tuesday night show and jam session, where we played music of Tadd Dameron. This was our first time playing in their new location, The City Sports Grille. If you are ever in Western Massachusetts on a Tuesday night, don’t miss this long-standing jazz gathering. The guest artists are among the best in our profession (I consider it a great honor to have been included) and the house trio is excellent.

On Good Friday I played in Bob Franke’s Meditations, a cantata for that day. I have performed in this ever since the first performance in 1980, and since I created my part, it is hard to let go of it. Bob is a brilliant song writer and the Cantata is a most powerful piece of music. Thanks to the congregation of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Marblehead, MA, for cherishing this very special musical event.

Sunday I returned to the stage of the Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill, MA to reunite with the most recent edition of my quartet: Mark Michaels, guitar, John Doherty, bass, and Jody Bregler, drums. We were joined in the second set by cornetist Neil Flewelling, and saxophonist Jim Cameron. It was great playing with all these old friends, and to see the Sunday jazz program I started over a dozen years ago continuing. Thanks to all those who came out to hear us.

Monday I played in a trio with Mark Michaels and bassist Manual Kaufmann at Tres Gatos, a tapas bar in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. The three of us had played there several times before, so this was another reunion. If you should be in Boston, it is worth visiting Tres Gatos not only for the food, but the book and record store in the back.

My tour ended with one more performance in an old haunt, Savinos Restaurant in Belmont, MA. Mark Michaels and I performed there regularly on Thursday nights, and Mark continues to be in the rotation. Thanks to chef/owner Tom Cutrone for supporting jazz with this Thursday night series.

Throughout my visit east I had the great pleasure to catch up with many old friends, a couple of whom I had missed connecting with before my move to San Diego. I was happy to find them in good health and good spirits, and the warmth of their friendship inspires me as I begin a new chapter of my life here in California.

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7. Condolences to the families and friends of these members of the Jazz Community:

*John Chilton, historian and trumpeter;
http://tinyurl.com/zgoj2gu

*Nana Vasconcelos, percussionist (even if you cannot read Portuguese, you might enjoy this)

*Ernestine Anderson, vocalist,

*Gato Barbieri, saxophonist.
http://tinyurl.com/hs42b4r

I would like to mark the passing of two more from the larger musical community:

*Sir George Martin, record producer

*Al McKenney, road and festival manager, and personal friend. I only found out about his passing recently. We had lost touch, but he was there with me at some important moments in my life.

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8. The Schedule

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at KSDS Jazz88.3.

*Tue April 12, 7:30 PM, Jazz and Afro-Cuban Big Band Concert, Perfroming Arts Center, Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy., in El Cajon, CA.
http://www.cuyamaca.edu/

*Tue April 19, 7:00 PM, Jazz Night Concert, Featuring Special Guests Gilbert Castellanos and the Grossmont Afro-Cuban Big Bnad, Helix High School, 7323 University Ave, La Mesa, CA
http://helixinstrumental.org/

*Sun April 24, 2:00 PM, SoCal Jazz Society Fundraising Concert and Silent Auction, Musicians Association of San Diego Hall, 1717 Morena Boulevard, San Diego CA.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

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BoMuse News, v 15 n 3

BoMuse News, vol. 15, no. 3

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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.

Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter.

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1. East Coast Tour
2. Jazz Grammy Winners
3. My adventures in San Diego
4. Congratulations
5. A plug for a friend
6. The Schedule

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1. I will be doing a little Massachusetts tour later this month. It starts in Northampton with the Northampton Jazz Workshop on Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 PM. Jim Cameron and I will be the featured guests, performing a set of Tadd Dameron tunes, several of them never recorded. We will be accompanied by the excellent house trio led by pianist Paul Arslanian. On Friday, March 25 at 8:00 PM, I will take part in Bob Franke’s Good Friday Cantata. I have played in this wonderful musical service in every performance since the first one in 1980. Sunday, March 27, at 6:00 PM, I return to my old haunt the Chit Chat Lounge for a quartet gig with some old friends, including Mark Michaels, guitar and John Doherty, bass; drummer TBA. Mark will join me along with bassist Manuel Kaufman on Monday, March 28, 8:00 PM at Tres Gatos on Jamaica Plain. And finally, Mark and I will play another old haunt, Savinos Restaurant in Belmont on Thursday March 31, 8:00 PM. the addresses for all of these are listed in the Schedule.

I hope to catch up with as many old friends as possible while I am there, and maybe visit a museum or two as well.

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2. Here are the Jazz Grammy Winners:

Improvised Jazz Solo: “Cherokee,” Christian McBride,
Jazz Vocal Album: “For One to Love,” Cécile McLorin Salvant,
Jazz Instrumental Album: “Past Present,” John Scofield,
Large Jazz Ensemble Album: “The Thompson Fields,” Maria Schneider Orchestra and Latin Jazz Album: “Made in Brazil,” Eliane Elias.

I think there were a couple of other jazz folks who won in some of the other categories, but I will have to leave it there as time is short. You can check out the complete list of nominees and winners at grammy.com, if you like.

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3. This issue and the next are going to be a bit thin. The main reason for this is my busy musical life here in San Diego. I am now playing baritone sax in three different bands, and subbing in a fourth. Each of these has some really challenging music, so I am practicing every day as much as I can. Add to this, preparations for Tadd Dameron’s Centennial next year, and my volunteer activities with the SoCal Jazz Society and, on occasion, radio station KSDS, and I am leading a pretty active life. There will be concerts in April and May, which will be mentioned in the coming issues.

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4. Congratulations to Verve Records on 60 years of jazz releases.

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5. I don’t usually do this, but Artie Bakopolus is not only a friend, but he is my successor as director of the Chelmsford Community Jazz ensemble, and an excellent saxophonist. He will be performing with his quintet, AB5, at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts in the Cafe on March 13th starting at 7 pm. Included in the band are Ross Adams on guitar, Dennis Cecere on Keyboards, John Doherty on Bass, Al Stone on Drums along with  Artie, who will be playing Alto sax.

Chelmsford Center for the Arts presents Jazz in the Cafe on a pretty regular basis, and is also the home of the Chelmsford Community Band and Jazz Ensemble, so I am also happy to give them a “shout out.”

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6. The Schedule

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3. If you are on Twitter follow the very hip Ms. Donna M @ElemantsOfJazz who regularly posts live jazz listings from various locations. And if you don’t already, follow me @BoMuseMusic

*Tue. March 22, 7:30  Paul Combs & Jim Cameron Play Tadd Dameron, Northampton         Jazz Workshop, City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St.,         Northampton, MA 413-584-4830

* Fri. March 25, 8:00 Bob Franke’s Good Friday Cantata, St. Andrew’s Episcopal
    Church, 135 Lafayette St, Marblehead, MA

* Sun. March 27, 6:00 Paul Combs Quartet, Chit Chat Lounge, 103 Washington St.,         Haverhill, MA

Mon. March 28, 8:00 Paul Combs Trio, Tres Gatos, 470 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA

* Thu. March 31, 8:00 Paul Combs/Mark Michaels Duo, Savinos Restaurant, 449 Common St., Belmont MA

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

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BoMuse News, v 15 n 2

BoMuse News, vol. 15, no. 2

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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.

Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter.

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1. SoCal Jazz Society Fund Raiser Party
2. Jazz At Chit Chat
3. Jazz at the Chelmsford Center For The Arts
4. Voting in the Grammys
5. JEN Conference
6. Congratulations
7. Passings
8. The Schedule
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1. We had a fine time at the SoCal Jazz Society Fund Raiser Party, Thursday, January 28, at the cozy Shooters Bar, in the Sheraton, La Jolla. We raised some money and had a chance to show off the playing and singing of several of the teachers and Board members. This was a waIMG_1129rm-up for our big event in April, and it enabled us to give a couple more Kindergarten classes this season.

(Left to right in the photo, bassist Grant Clarkson, who graciously donated his fine playing to the cause, pianist John Cain, who also teaches in the program, Mary Angela Talbot, Founder and Executive Director of SoCal Jazz, here singing as well, tenor saxophonist Alison Bowles, also Secretary of the Society, and on trumpet the Society’s President, Mark Nicholson.)

You can also connect with the SoCal Jazz Society on Facebook.

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2. Jazz At Chit Chat is back! Of course, there was no music on February 7, Super Bowl Sunday, but the monthly Jam Session took place place on February 14, with Artie Bakopolus as host. Pocket Big Band will be there on the 21st, and drummer Alan Stone brings his 10-piece band, Stoney’s Wicked Din, on the 29th. The Wicked Din play a variety of modern charts from Buddy Rich to Tower of Power. Definitely a fun band.

Jazz At Chit Chat takes place (almost) every Sunday at the Chit Chat Lounge, 103 Washington St., Haverhill, MA, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

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3. The Chelmsford Center For The Arts has been presenting Jazz performances since it opened. Now it has become the home for Joan’s Jazz Jam, a Jam session and cable TV show produced by vocalist Joan Watson-Jones. Joan used to present this on fifth Sundays at the Acton Jazz Cafe. Sadly the AJC is no longer, but I am happy to see that Joan’s Jazz Jam continues. Also, coming next month my friend and now the Director of the Chelmsford Community Band Jazz Ensemble, will be performing with his Quintet. That show takes place on March 13.

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4. Well, I did have time to vote in the final round of the Grammys, at least in the Jazz categories. It is always a challenge as all the nominees are both excellent and unique; and it does take some time to vote correctly, because one has to listen to several albums, perhaps more than once, if a decision is hard to reach. I wish I had had time for the “top of the ticket” categories of Song of the Year, Album of the Year, etc. Sometimes there are some surprises there, like the year when Esperanza Spalding won over Justin Bieber, or Herbie Hancock won for his take on the work of Joni Mitchell.

Ben Ratliff’s recent article in the New York Times sums up part of what I find difficult in voting for the various categories in The Grammys, especially the “Best Instrumental Solo.” In the case of the solos nominated, I felt that while in all were excellent, there beauty was as much their relation the whole piece, as it was their individual excelence. In addition, other solos within the same performance were of equal quality.

All that being said, I am glad I have the opportunity to voice support for Jazz in this industry poll. It still baffles me to a certain extent, why certain music, jazz, classical, folk  (or Americana as it is called in the industry) is viewed as marginal, when there is so much high quality and creative work being done in those fields by people of all ages. I know the perception is based on sales, but that seems like a chicken or egg kind of thing. If the media only make a fuss of Adele, for instance, or Rihanna, then those folks who are not digging deeper think their music is all that matters.

Well, we just have to stay on it…

I am finishing this as the Grammy ceremony is taking place, but the Jazz awards have not been posted as yet. Since the next issue is due in a couple of weeks (I hope I won’t be so late next time) the winners will be listed in next months Congratulations section.

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4. This year’s Jazz Education Network Conference was stimulating, as always. Of particular interest to me were sessions on various aspects of influences of Cuban, Dominican, and Brazilian music. These took me a little deeper into music that I am increasingly involved with. There were also illuminating sessions regarding grant writing, and of course I got to reconnect with several folks, particularly those interested in celebrating Tadd Dameron’s 100th birthday next year.

Last month I also mentioned Larry Reni Thomas who was awarded the Meade Legacy IMG_1124award from the African-American Jazz Caucus. The award is given to a notable historian of Jazz and African-American culture. Mr. Thomas is an educator, author and broadcaster. He also blogs about the Jazz History of the Carolinas.

You can find more photos from the conference, as well as general information about the Jazz Education Network at their Web-site.

I just would like to leave you with this. JEN is working hard to provide a venue for sharing and networking in the Jazz Community and deserves the attention, encouragement and support of all of us who care about this wellspring of American music.

The next Conference will be in New Orleans, January 4-7, 2017.

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5. Congratulations to Ron Carter for achieving the World Record for being the Most Recorded Jazz Bassist in History, according to the Guinness World Records. It is good to know that someone is paying attention. We should also say there is good reason why Maestro Carter has earned this distinction.

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6. *Pianist Paul Bley had a remarkable career, he played with Bird and Ornette, among many others, and developed a truly unique approach to improvisation. Here is his obituary from the New York Times.

*Natalie Cole, as they say needs no introduction, daughter of Nat Cole, and an accomplished and versatile singer; Ms. Cole’s obituaries from the Los Angeles Times and Tulsa World.

*Maurice White, best known for founding and leading the band Earth Wind And fire, was a jazz drummer from Chicago who played somewhat famously with Ramsey Lewis, and also Jack DeJonette back in the days when DeJonette was working as a pianist. Here is The Guardian’s obituary.

*The outstanding Cuban trumpeter Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros died on January 6 of the year. Here are his Wikipedia article and an obituary from Billboard.

*Pianist, Alfredo Valdes, Jr, esteemed Cuban musician has passed. This comes from Arturo Gomez and Janine Sanchez of KUVO, Denver. Unfortunately, I cannot find an obituary, but here is a video of the pianist in the company of the great Israel “Cachao” Lopez in concert at the San Sebastien Festival in Spain a few years ago.

*While his career was mostly noted for his work with the funk band Tower Of Power, trumpeter Mic Gillette was fine jazz player and an educator who is fondly remembered in his community. Obituary from the Mercury News.

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7. The Schedule

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3. If you are on Twitter follow the very hip Ms. Donna M @ElemantsOfJazz who regularly posts live jazz listings from various locations. And if you don’t already, follow me @BoMuseMusic

JAZZ AT CHIT CHAT, Chit Chat Lounge, 103 Washington St. Haverhill, MA
*Sun Feb 14, Monthly Jam Session, Artie Bakopolus, host
*Sun Feb 21, Pocket Big Band
*Sun Feb 28, Stoney’s Wicked Din (10 piece modern jazz band)
*Sun Mar 7, Pocket Big Band

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

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