BoMuse News, v17 n6 EXTRA

Sadly, we have to reschedule the concert originally planned for this Friday, June 15. Stay tuned for a new date.

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BoMuse News, v17 n6

BoMuse News, vol. 17, no. 6

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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. House Concert
2. JJA Awards
3. Arts Education Resource Organization – AERO
4. Gigs
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1. On Friday, June 15, I will have the great pleasure of playing a house concert with pianist Melonie Grinnell, bassist Antar Martin, and drummer Richard Sellers. The concert starts at 6:30 pm at the home of Debbie Wolfe. Debbie, who also sings, graciously opens her home on a monthly basis to give jazz concerts by local musicians. It is a warm and intimate space for playing music, and I am really delighted to be invited to give this concert, especially with these musicians. Most recently Debbie herself performed for the benefit of the Young Lions Jazz Academy. The concert, which was a big success, raised money for a scholarship to the Young Lions specifically for young female musicians. You can find directions in Events on my web-site, or contact Debbie directly at <FascinatorArt@aol.com>

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2. A couple of issues ago I announced the Jazz Heroes Awards from the Jazz Journalists Association. June is the month for the JJA awards for artists and fellow journalists. Benny Golson has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, and there are many other folks honored. You can see the entire list here.

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3. I have written before about the Arts Education Resource Organization (AERO), and I would like to spread the word again here. At a recent meeting, we were talking abut the lack of public awareness of AERO and what it does. Specifically AERO facilitates the access of schools in San Diego County to arts education programs from outside of the school’s resources. These range from those offered by large organizations, such as the San Diego museums, to individual artist/educators. Since the economic crises of the last 25+ years, arts education in California public schools has been under duress, to say the least. AERO exists to offer some relief for this situation, and beyond that, should we be able to restore proper “in house” arts education in all of our schools, to offer enrichment of those programs that do exist.

It is important that the general public become aware of AERO’s existence and efforts, since the support of parent organizations and individual parents is key to encouraging schools to take advantage of the programs offered by AERO members. Unfortunately, not many outside of the arts education community know about AERO. Even within the arts community at large, people are unaware of this organization.

One of AERO’s strengths actually ends up being part of this awareness problem. AERO is a completely volunteer organization, and because of the logistical help it receives from the County Department of Education, funding is not an issue for its existence. Therefore, it is never having to appeal for financial support. It is because of appeals that most people become aware of non-profits engaged in good works.

So I am asking you to go to the AERO website, and find out more. If you are on Facebook, look up <aero san diego> to see some of the things members are doing. The way the page is set up I don’t think you can “friend” it, but members post about their activities. If you have children, look into ways your schools arts programs can be helped. If you have grandchildren, share this information with your grown children. If you have no children, share this with your neighbors

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4. This month I continue to be part of the Dene Davidson Trio on Wednesdays at the Village Faire in Carlsbad, except for June 6, when I will be in the studio working on the Unknown Dameron CD. On June 7 I’ll celebrate my birthday as the guest artist with the Fred Hardy Quartet at Cafe Europa. Of course, there is my own quartet in Debbie Wolfe’s house concert mentioned above in the first item. Finally, I will be in the band backing Dorothy Darling’s tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at Fast Times on June 12. Times and locations are listed at Events at my Website.

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3. If you are in any of the other major markets, you likely have a jazz radio station, which I hope you support, and they should have listings as well. And if you don’t already, follow me @BoMuseMusic.

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BoMuse News, v17 n5

BoMuse News, vol. 17, no. 5

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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. Quintet at Dizzy’s – CD Update
2. Debby Wolff’s House Concerts
3. NEA Jazz Masters & JJA Nominees Announced
4. Higher Education Offerings
5. Jazz Streams Archive and More
6. Gigs

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1. Many thanks to all those who came out to hear my Quintet, with trumpeter Derek Cannon, pianist Kamau Kenyatta, bassist Rob Thorsen, and drummer Richard Sellers,

Kamau (behind stand) Paul, Derek, Rob, Richard

at Dizzy’s. Aside from being an opportunity to play the music of Tadd Dameron, this concert was in preparation for the final recording session for my Unknown Dameron CD, due for release next year. I just got the first mixes from the February session and the CD is shaping up nicely. Stay tuned, and be sure to keep track of the fine concerts at Dizzy’s.

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2. Next month, June 15, I’ll be playing at a house concert chez Debby Wolfe, and I’ll have more on that next month. Right now I would like you to know about a benefit concert at Debby’s to support the big band of the San Diego Performing and Creative Arts School. The band is so get gets invited tot go to festivals like Essentially Ellington, in New York, and others around California. Naturally, it costs money for the travel expenses, and San Diego Unified is strapped for cash, as we all know. If you would like to attend contact Debby Wolfe <FascinatorArt@aol.com>.

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3. I think I am a bit late with this, but in case you are too, here are this year’s NEA Jazz Masters: Todd Barkan, legendary presenter, best remembered for his Keystone Corner in San Francisco; Joanne Brackeen, one of the finest pianists of her generation; Dianne Reeves, vocalist extraordinaire; and guitarist Pat Metheny, whose work over the years has embraced many different aspects of Jazz. In spite of threats from some in our government, the National Endowment for the Arts is still functioning, and functioning well. Please take a moment to read about their important work.

Also, “the Jazz Journalists Association has announced the nominees for the 2018 JJA Jazz Awards, which celebrate excellence in music and music journalism in thirty-nine awards categories. JJA Professional Journalist members are voting now for 2018 Jazz Awards winners, who will be announced online at JJAJazzAwards on May 7; most will receive their engraved statuettes publicly at their summer performances across the U.S. A Jazz Awards party has been scheduled for June 12, 2018, to be held at Arnold Hall of the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, space generously provided by the School of Jazz at The New School NYC. Mark your calendar now– details coming soon.”

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4. I have just revised my offerings to higher education. These are all based on what I learned from writing my book on Tadd Dameron Dameronia – The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron. You can find a general out line of my proposals here, and the complete proposal in .pdf form here. With the CD moving ahead, and its planned release next year, I am hoping to have the opportunity to share what I have learned with the upcoming generation of jazz musicians, as well as a general public.

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5. My thanks go out to Jesse Chuy Varela of KCSM, for making me, and I expect others, aware of the Jazz Streams web-site. This is a treasure trove of historic broadcasts and podcasts or interest to jazz fans, and researchers. The information Jesse shared was focused on an archive of interviews from the late-lamented Bay Area jazz radio station KJAZ. These interviews are with a wide range of important musicians, and interesting programs from same notable jazz programmers. And there is more. I am looking forward to exploring this site myself.

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6 Gigs

If this gets to you on or before Tuesday May 1, I will be in the band for Geri Kepler’s Singers Showcase. I am also continuing with the Dene Davidson Trio on Wednesday afternoons at Carlsbad Village Faire, and I’ll be in Fred Hardy’s Quartet at Cafe Europa on May 10. Details can be found at Events on my Web-site.

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston and follow the Facebook page of Jazz At Chit Chat. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3.

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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, v17 n3

BoMuse News, vol. 17, 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.
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1. New Venue: La Mesa Wine Works
2. Return to Dizzy’s/CD Update
3. Cambridge Likely To Loose Ryles
5. Gigs

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1. La Mesa Wine Works is a tasting room here in La Mesa, CA that has jazz every Sunday afternoon. I’ll be playing there on Sunday March 18, 1:30 – 4:30, in a duo with pianist Adam Wolff. Adam and I had discussed the possibility of duo performances after we met at one of Tony Ortega’s jam sessions up in Encinitas. The Sunday jazz series seemed to me to be a perfect setting, and fortunately Cindy Rutledge who operates the the tasting room agreed. While I would not consider myself a connoisseur, I do like good wine, and tasting some of the offerings at La Mesa Wine Works has introduced me to the unique flavors of Southern California wine, which I had not encountered before. I now have my favorites, and you may find a few that you like, too. Sometimes there is a food truck outside, but folks are invited to bring a little “picnic” to go along with the wine.

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2. My Quintet that has been celebrating the music of Tadd Dameron will return to Dizzy’s

Tadd at 23, Courtesy of DownBeat

on Saturday April 7, at 8:00 PM. I will be on the East coast the two weeks before, so I wanted to make sure to get this in in this issue, since the next may be a little late. Joining me for this will be Derek Cannon, trumpet, Kamau Kenyatta, piano, Rob Thorsen, bass, and Richard Sellers, drums. I am delighted to have the support of these esteemed musicians, and we will be playing some more of the rare Dameron compositions I have collected. These are wonderful tunes, and we hope to make them less rare. As reported in last months issue, there are light refreshments at Dizzy’s, provided by the parents of the jazz big band at San Diego’s School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), with all the proceeds going to support the trips the band makes to perform at various festivals, and other events. Copies of my book Dameronia – the Life and Music of Tadd Dameron, will be available at the concert.

After I post this I’ll be off to the Bay Area for the third of the four recording sessions for The Unknown Dameron CD. It has been my good fortune that Danielle Wertz, who performed with me at the Smithsonian last April, has moved to the East Bay. We will be recording three of the Dameron rarities we presented in D.C., along with my old friend and band mate from many years ago in Boston, pianist Ken Cook. Ken has lived in Northern California for several years now, and has established himself as an in-demand pianist and educator. The final session will be with the San Diego Quintet, after we play Dizzy’s, and I hope to be wrapping the project up over the summer.

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3. I Just received some unhappy news from a friend in the Boston Area. After 40 years of operation Ryles Jazz Club will be sold, and unless it is bought by someone who cares about Jazz it will cease operation. Given the astronomical price of real estate in Cambridge, where the club is located, it is unlikely that an investor is going to come along who will take a chance on a jazz oriented venue at whatever price the place will get.

Ryles was started by Jack Riley, a prince of a man, and a true friend of musicians. Before Ryles he had club called Jack’s, in another part of town, that featured mostly what we now call Americana music. Many folks who played there went on to considerable success, among them Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne. After he sold Jack’s he decided to go to an all jazz format at the once-Italian restaurant he purchased in Cambridge’s Inman Square. He was a champion of the local musicians, and while you had to have your business act together in dealing with him, he was never one to take advantage of the struggling artist.

Finally, as he got into his 80s, Jack was ready to retire, and the Mitchell family, who own the S&S Deli in Inman Sq., made Jack a good offer. To those of us locals it appeared that the Mitchells were more interested in gobbling up real estate in the Square, than in carrying on with Jack’s vision. Not only did they buy Ryles, but they purchased the building next door to their deli, home of another bar and music venue. They used the space occupied by the bar to expand their restaurant, rented out the rest of the retail space, and moved their offices into the upper floors.

Upon taking over Ryles the hiring policy changed. Where Jack would pay a reasonable fee for the musicians in return for a good performance, and professional conduct, the new regime involved getting a percentage of the door. Further the responsibility for promotion was now put on the shoulders of the performers. We have seen this trend since the late 80s, and for various reasons this was the business model the new owners decided to follow. In addition, acts now had to go through a booking agent/musician who clearly had a conflict of interest (not to say all those who ware both hats do). He was unpleasant to deal with, and pretty much universally disliked by the musician community.

Often attendance at Ryles was disappointing after the Mitchells took over. I blame the lack of proper promotion on the part of the venue for this. While all of us performers try to use our networks to get the word out, promotion is not our main skill. Preparing and performing music is, and it takes a lot of time and energy, something all too many venue operators do not seem to grasp, or respect. For instance, highly esteemed trumpeter, arranger, and Berklee Professor Greg Hopkins put together a big band for a show a Ryles. The band included some of the finest players in town, at least one of them a former Jazz Messenger, but the room was only one-third full. With proper promotion, it could well have been sold out, or close to it. Proper promotion is something that is not only the responsibility of the venue, but in their economic interest. As they say “go figure.”

The situation was even worse when there were performers from out of the area, especially those, who because of their stature, could easily be promoted by the venue. Of course, the venue operators need to have some idea of their stature, and I never got the impression that the Mitchells actually had much interest in jazz, or the musicians who play it. The almost consistently low attendance at Ryles would not argue well for the new owners, whoever they might be, continuing with a jazz policy. That is if they are interested in continuing to operate a bar/restaurant/music venue. Having lived in the neighborhood for many years, I would not be surprised if the building will be sold to a developer, who will tare it down, and build a taller one with condos on the upper floors and retail on the street level. The Ryles building is only two stories tall, and current zoning would allow for four.

I hope I am wrong about this, and that someone who cares about jazz – or at least live music in general – someone with the experience in presenting live music, purchases Ryles. However, with the lack of support for live music venues, and the economics of real estate in Cambridge, it does not seem likely. We will have to see what happens.

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5. Gigs

As I reported I’ll be playing at the La Mesa Wine Works on Sunday March 18, and  I will be playing with singer Ruby Barnard at Bouree on Sunday March 11. My Regular Wednesday and Thursday gigs continue, even while I am away to play a few in Massachusetts. 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.

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BoMuse News, v17 n2

BoMuse News, vol. 17 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.
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1. Refreshments at Dizzy’s
2. San Diego Sessions
3. University of Michigan Press Blogs
4. Passings – Jacob “Coco” Shumann
7. Gigs

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1. As those of you living in the San Diego area know Chuck Perrin has moved the Dizzy’s concerts to the Musicians’ Union hall at 1717 Morena Blvd., which has a nice little serving area for refreshments. A group of parents and students of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) are now selling light refreshments at the Dizzy’s performances to raise money for the school’s top level jazz big band’s trips. For instance in 2016, they were one of only 15 school bands that were accepted to take part in the Essentially Ellington program organized by Jazz At Lincoln Center. They also attend other festivals and jazz education events, and you can read more about the program here. Next time you go to Dizzy’s be sure to have a little treat and help to support this very worthy cause.

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2. My son is an aficionado of podcasts, and suggested to me that I look into listening to them. As it turns out my friends, pianist Ed Kornhauser, and saxophonist/engineer Ian Tordella have been producing one for awhile here in San Diego called, appropriately, San Diego Sessions. I have only just started to listening to these, but I find them a fascinating window on the local jazz scene. The podcast series was started only recently, but they are up to 21 episodes, at the time of this writing. While I have gotten to know many of the interviewees, and have performed with some of them, it is nice to find out more about my new neighbors. I listen via the podcast application on my iPad which has a resident podcast player, which also exists on my iPhone. For listening on your computer Ian and Ed suggest you use Stitcher.

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3. University of Michigan Press, the publisher of my book Dameronia – the Life and Music of Tadd Dameron, has a Facebook page. We U. Mich. Press authors are invited and encouraged to make postings there to follow up on our books, and share ideas. For instance I just read a posting that comforted me no end. Someone had posted about her personal library, how she had many books there she had yet to read, and her strategy for catching up with her collection. It was a relief to find that I am not the only one with this problem (-;). The only problem with using Facebook for blog postings is that it is difficult to search the collection. Now that I understand this, I have also placed my postings in the Articles section of my Website. There are two so far, and I will be writing another soon. The posts are AUTHOR PAUL COMBS WISHES TADD DAMERON HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and DAMERONIA – Post Publication Research and News.

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4. I used to run an obituary column here in BoMuse News, but stopped a while back, mostly because of the amount of time it took to prepare it, and because most of the information was reported in other media, at least concerning well known people. However, in reading the news via the BBC, one of my go to sources for news, I read of the passing of guitarist Coco Shumann, a musician I was unaware of. His story is a remarkable one, and testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music – specifically jazz – to sustain that spirit.

One of my sources for information on the passings of Jazz Community members, and other jazz news is the mailings from the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt. You can subscribe by sending a request to them at <jazz@jazzinstitut.de > We grateful to the Jazzinstitut for this service.

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5. Gigs

I continue playing with Dene Davidson on Wednesday afternoons in Carlsbad, and Fred Hardy on Thursday evenings in Pacific Beach and you can see the times and locations in Events, as well as anything else that comes up. Next month I will be adding a new venue, and playing a few gigs in Massachusetts. In April the Quintet will return to Dizzy’s for more gems from the pen of Tadd Dameron.

I am pleased to say that the weekly jazz performances I initiated at the Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill, MA continue to this day. You can find out who is playing by following their Facebook page.

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, v17 n1

BoMuse News, vol. 17, no. 1

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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.Visit from Lenore Raphael
2. Visit to Phoenix-The Nash
3. Visit to the Nash-Driftwood Quintet
4. Unknown Dameron CD Progress
5. Gigs

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1. Last year the SoCal Jazz Society and I had the opportunity to host pianist Lenore Raphael in a master class as part of her West Coast tour. Lenore and I knew of each other as “lurkers” on the Jazz Programmers Listing news-group. Upon meeting we struck up a true friendship, and even though the SoCal JS has had to close up shop, I was able to introduce her to Holly Hofmann who hosts the Jazz Happy Hour at the Handlery Hotel. Lenore is on another West Coast tour, and this Friday, January 5, she will be playing the Jazz Happy Hour in the company of bassist Rob Thorsen, and drummer Duncan Moore. With three musicians of this caliber it should be a terrific concert. If you are in San Diego, I hope you can make it. 5:30 to 7:30 in the 950 Lounge of the Handlery Hotel, 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA (Mission Valley).

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2. In December and old friend from Massachusetts comes to Phoenix, AZ and is able to invite me to visit him at the home of one of his sisters. This has given me a chance to become acquainted with The Nash, a non-profit jazz venue and educational center named for the superb drummer Louis Nash, who is a native of Phoenix. On this trip I had the opportunity to enjoy two concerts, and take part in a jam session. The concert was a tribute to Mongo Santamaria, and the players, Paul Brewer-saxophone/flute, Ioannis Goudelis-piano, Bob Lashier-bass, Dom Moio-drums, Joe Garcia-percussion, were excellent. A reminder that, as some wise person said, “all jazz is local.” While there are stars who emerge, and iconic musicians who we honor, the music grows from community, and there are excellent players in communities all over the country and beyond. I also heard some fine players at the jam session, and enjoyed playing with the excellent host trio of Jeff Libman-guitar/bandleader, Vincent Thiefain-bass, Sam Russo-drums.

We also visited the fascinating Musical Instrument Museum, which I’ll write about in the next issue.

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3. It was really wonderful to listen to some of the impressive young musicians active in the Phoenix area. On the Sunday afternoon before Christmas there was a concert at The Nash featuring a relatively new type of chamber music ensemble, a wind quintet. Back when I was working on my masters in performance at U. Mass. Lowell, I played in a wind quartet of oboe, clarinet, alto sax, and bassoon. At the time I was able to find fourteen pieces for this particular instrumentation, so we know that it is an established ensemble configuration. I have to say this because there are other configurations of wind quartets. My understanding that a quintet has been established by adding a bass clarinet to the ensemble, and this grouping dates back some thirty-five years.

The ensemble playing that afternoon was the Driftwood Quintet, excellent players who appeared all to be in their twenties. Their first set consisted of pieces written by or in reference to African-American composers, including a reorchestration of the first movement of William Grant Still’s First Symphony. For the second set they were joined by piano, bass, and drums for their own reorhestration of the Ellington/Strayhorn version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. It was an absolute delight. It lifted my heart, not only for the beauty and vitality of the performance, but to hear these young players doing something fresh and exciting, while honoring an established work. I think these will be some folks to look for in the future.

The Driftwood Quintet is Olivia Erwin, oboe; Melissa Malork, clarinet; Dan Meadows, saxes; Ben Paley bassoon; and Dominique Holley, bass clarinet. For the Nutcracker Suite they were joined by David Paonessa, piano; Max Beckman, bass, and Matt McClintock, drums.

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4. We are half way through recording the Unknown Dameron CD. Richard Sellers, who is not only a master drummer, but an excellent mix engineer, just sent me the mixed tracks from our October 30, recording session. Ahead will be a session in the San Francisco area with my friends Danielle Wertz, and Ken Cook, and one more with the quintet I have assemble here in San Diego. I am busy writing the arrangements for those, and working hard to stay on schedule with the goal or a release in the fall.

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5. Gigs

I continue playing with Dene Davidson on Wednesday afternoons in Carlsbad, and Fred Hardy on Thursday evenings in Pacific Beach and you can see the times and locations here, as well as anything else that comes up.

I am pleased to say that the weekly jazz performances I initiated at the Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill, MA continue to this day. You can find out who is playing by following their Facebook page.

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, v16 n6

BoMuse News, vol. 16, no. 6

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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, and Facebook.

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1. Holiday Greetings
2. Northern Spirits
3. CD Progress
4. Grammy Jazz Nominees
5. Helen Borgers RIP
6. Gigs

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1. My best wishes to all for this season of generosity and hope. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, or just look hopefully to the New Year, may the next few weeks bring you peace and fellowship.

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2. On Saturday, December 9, I will perform at Northern Spirits in San Marcos, CA. Joining me will be pianist John Opferchuch, bassist Antar Martin, and drummer Chris Cancelliere. Northern Spirits is located at 727 West San Marcos Blvd, in San Marcos, CA. They serve delicious food based in traditional Thai cuisine, and have a full bar. There is no cover.

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3. As I reported last month, we have about half of the new CD, The Unknown Dameron, “in the can,” as we used to say back when we recorded on tape. Now, it all gets transported in these tiny thumb drives. While I was in the Bay Area for Thanksgiving I met with Danielle Wertz, who performed with me last spring at the Smithsonian Art Museum in Washington, DC, and my old friend, pianist Ken Cook, to work out logistics for the session we will do in February or March. Once we have our next date for a concert here in San Diego at Dizzy’s, I can make the arrangements for what I hope will be the final recording session. Perhaps we can be ready for a release next fall.

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4. The Grammy Nominees have been announced. While I vote in these awards, I do find the category of “Best Improvised Solo” a bit absurd. Still, it is important that the Academy of the music industry recognizes our idiom. Here are those in the Jazz Categories:

Best Improvised Jazz Solo?(For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter’s name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.)
• Can’t Remember Why, Sara Caswell, soloist, Track from: Whispers On The Wind (Chuck Owen And The Jazz Surge)
• Dance Of Shiva, Billy Childs, soloist, Track from: Rebirth
• Whisper Not, Fred Hersch, soloist, Track from: Open Book
• Miles Beyond, John McLaughlin, soloist, Track from: Live @ Ronnie Scott’s (John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension)
• Ilimba, Chris Potter, soloist, Track from: The Dreamer Is The Dream

Best Jazz Vocal Album?(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal jazz recordings.)
• The Journey, The Baylor Project
• A Social Call, Jazzmeia Horn
• Bad Ass And Blind, Raul Midón
• Porter Plays Porter, Randy Porter Trio With Nancy King
• Dreams And Daggers, Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album?(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new instrumental jazz recordings.)
• Uptown, Downtown, Bill Charlap Trio
• Rebirth, Billy Childs
• Project Freedom, Joey DeFrancesco & The People
• Open Book, Fred Hersch
• The Dreamer Is The Dream, Chris Potter

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album?(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new ensemble jazz recordings.)
• MONK’estra Vol. 2, John Beasley
• Jigsaw, Alan Ferber Big Band
• Bringin’ It, Christian McBride Big Band
• Homecoming,Vince Mendoza & WDR Big Band Cologne, Whispers On The Wind, Chuck Owen And The Jazz Surge

Best Latin Jazz Album?(For vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material. The intent of this category is to recognize recordings that represent the blending of jazz with Latin, Iberian-American, Brazilian, and Argentinian tango music.)
• Hybrido – From Rio To Wayne Shorter, Antonio Adolfo
• Oddara, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
• Outra Coisa – The Music Of Moacir Santos, Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves
• Típico, Miguel Zenón
Jazz Tango, Pablo Ziegler Trio
https://www.grammy.com

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5. Two months ago I shared a plea for help for Helen Borgers, who was facing catastrophic medical expenses. While I only knew of her by reputation, she is mentioned in my book on Tadd Dameron, and I am honored to count her brother Ken among my friends. It is with sorrow that I have to say to you that she did not survive. She is mourned not only by family, friends, and the Southern California jazz community, but by the Long Beach theater community, as well. Here is the obituary from the LA Times.

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6. Gigs

As reported above, I will be at Northern Spirits in San Marcos, CA on Saturday, December 9, and playing as a sideman with Dene Davison on Wednesdays, and Fred Hardy on Thursdays every week this month. I’ll also be in the band for Geri Kepler’s Vocal Showcase on Tuesday, December 5. You can see all the dates and venues here.

I am pleased to say that the weekly jazz performances I initiated at the Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill, MA continue to this day. You can find out who is playing by following their Facebook page.

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, v16 n5

BoMuse News, vol. 16, no. 5

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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, and Facebook.

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1. Happy Thanksgiving!
2. The Unknown Dameron CD
3. Casual Gigs
4. AERO Professional Development Sessions
5.New Venue For Me
6. Gigs

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1. This has been a very challenging year for many people around the world. While there are historical issues around our Thanksgiving holiday, it is still a valuable time to take stock of such good fortune as we may have. Personally, my complaints are few and trivial and I consider my good fortune immense, especially in the context of a world full of strife and natural disasters. I hope the same is true for you, given that we probably all have people dear to us who’s lives have been effected by some of the recent catastrophes. Some of those close to me experienced a couple of the recent disasters, and I am most grateful that they came through them in good shape. In a couple of cases there were certainly very close calls. I can only wish the best for all in the future.

The following are some of the things I have to be thankful for.

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2. I am working on my next CD, The Unknown Dameron. It will be a collection of previously unrecorded or very obscure tunes and songs by Tadd Dameron. During my research I found more of Tadd’s music, beyond the eight relatively well-known Dameron compositions, that deserves to be heard, and I hope taken to heart by other musicians. There are already three “in the can” from February’s radio broadcast concert over KSDS/jazz88.org. While two of those from February were recorded by Harlan Leonard’s Kansas City Rockets in 1940, those sides are very hard to come by. On the last Monday of October we – trumpeter Derek Cannon, pianist Melonie Grinnell, bassist Rob Thorsen, drummer Richard Sellers, and I – went into the studio to record three more. All three from the recent session have never been recorded before.

Speaking of things to be thankful for, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have the company of these four excellent musicians. Also the work of Roy Silverstein and his assistant at Rarefied Recording. My hope is to do two more sessions in the near future and have the project finished by next summer.

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3. As part of becoming a member of the jazz community in San Diego, I am playing regularly as a sideman at a couple of venues, and have the opportunity to jam or sit in at a few others. On Wednesdays I am part of the Dene Davison Trio, playing in the afternoons in the courtyard of Carlsbad Village Faire, just off Carlsbad Village Drive between State Street and the Coast Highway. You can find us there between 2:30 and 4:30. It is a very peaceful place with outdoor cafes, and a decorative pool around which the little children play. On Thursday evenings I am part of bassist Fred Hardy’s quartet at the Cafe Bar Europa, 873Turquoise St. in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego. We start at 7:30 and usually play until 10:30. There is no cover, the food is excellent, and there are no TVs! I am certainly thankful for that.

While San Diego has no dedicated jazz clubs at this time, we do have several regular jam sessions. Using the standard calendar layout, we start with Sunday, and Tony Ortega’s at Mr. Peabody’s in Encinitas. At 90, or close to it, this notable veteran jazz musician still has a lot to say on his horn, and making music with him is a special experience. On Mondays the versatile guitarist Louis Valenzuela runs a jam session at Rosie O’Grady’s in Normal Heights, where you can hear many of San Diego’s best players. On the fourth Tuesday of the month vocalist Geri Kepler hosts a jam session at Fast Times on Clairmont Dr. in Bay Park. Geri also hosts singer’s showcases there on the first and third Tuesday, also at Bay Park. On Wednesdays, trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos hosts a jam session at Panama 66, next door to the Art Museum in Balboa Park. Finally on the first Thursdays of the month trumpeter Gary Rich hosts a jam session at Bouree Southern Bistro on University Avenue.

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4. While I am no longer teaching, I still actively support arts education by sitting on the Governance, and the Professional Development Boards of AERO, the Arts Education Resource Organization of Sand Diego County. We have a professional development event coming up at the end of November that should be fun as well as informative. If you or some one you know is an independent arts educator who provides instruction to schools, you should look into AERO membership:

Professional Development Workshop Series
You are invited to a “Practices Potluck” where each person attending brings one idea or practice that is worth sharing to the arts education community at large. For example, an idea could be a way to think about what we do in the arts, or it could be a procedure that has brought a lot of efficiency to your team, or it could be a website resource that you would like everyone to know about- the possibilities are endless. Each person will get roughly 60 seconds to share. And, in the spirit of the holiday season, we have scheduled it to be on “Giving Tuesday” after Thanksgiving – what better way to “give” back to one another than by sharing our own best practices! Please join us.

Who? Any AERO member organization staff and associated staff
Date: “Giving Tuesday”, November 28, 2017?Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Outside the Lens, NTC Promenade at Liberty Station, 2750 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 15 – Studio 103

Also, let’s fully embrace the potluck idea and bring a food item to share. Look for the letter of your last name to know what category of food to bring.
A through I – Sweet Snack? – J through O – Savory Snack? – P through Z – Drinks
RSVP by November 20th by clicking on this link:

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5. In December I will be adding another venue to my local circuit, Northern Spirits in San Marcos, CA. Northern Spirits is one of the few venues in the Greater San Diego area that presents jazz on a regular schedule. Every Friday and Saturday evening they present jazz quartets led by many of the best players in the area. I am grateful to be acknowledged as one of these. I will be there on Saturday, December 9 from 7:30 to 10:30, with pianist John Opferchuck, bassist Antar Martin, and drummer Chris Cancelliere. More on this in the next issue.

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6. I will be away with friends for Thanksgiving, but I’m playing as a sideman with Dene Davison and Fred Hardy most weeks this month . You can see all the dates and venues here at my Events page.

Events

I am pleased to say that the weekly jazz performances I initiated at the Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill, MA continue to this day. You can find out who is playing by following their Facebook page.

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!

Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter, and Facebook.

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BoMuse News, v16 n4

BoMuse News, vol. 16, 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. Dameron Music At Dizzy’s
2. A Plea For Help For Helen Borgers
3. Dameronia At Athenaeum Library / Jazz Backstory
4. Events

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1. Thank you everyone who came to our concert of generally unknown music by the great Tadd Dameron on September 8 at Dizzy’s here in San Diego. We will give another of these concerts after the New Year, with more of Tadd’s wonderful music. Our next stop is the recording studio, where we will continue working on a CD, tentatively titled The Unknown Dameron. We already have two and possibly three tracks from the February Jazz Live concert. My hope is to have the project finished by next summer.

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2. Long time jazz broadcaster Helen Borgers needs our help. She has been a fixture on the Southern California scene for most of her adult life, and is even mentioned in my book on Tadd. Here situation is explained quite clearly in this article in the Orange County Register. The benefit concert mentioned in the article was successful, but only goes about a quarter of the way to covering her heavy medical expenses. A crowd-funding campaign has been set up on her behalf. It goes without saying that her’s is another case for a more intelligent health care system.

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3. Dameronia – the Life and Music of Tadd Dameron is now available for loan from the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla. As it turns out it may also have been the last hard cover edition of the book available. I have just recently gotten to know and join this wonderful institution, and if you live in or near San Diego, I recommend it highly.

My friend Geri Kepler hipped me to this interesting jazz archive site, the Fillius Jazz Archive at Hamilton College. “Established in 1995, and dedicated in 2013 in honor of Milton F. Fillius, Jr. ’44 and Nelma “Nikki” Nenneau Fillius, the Fillius Jazz Archive holds a collection of videotaped interviews with jazz musicians, arrangers, writers and critics.” The Archive issues a regular blog posting of articles of interest to the Jazz Community, to which one can subscribe.

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4. Events

I’m playing as a sideman with a variety of folks this month. You can see all the dates and venues here.

I am pleased to say that the weekly jazz performances I initiated at the Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill, MA continue to this day. You can find out who is playing by following their Facebook page.

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!

Follow @BoMuseMusic

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