BoMuse News, June, 2019 EXTRA

BoMuse News, vol. 18, no. 6 EXTRA

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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, at All About Jazz , and now on YouTube at Paul Combs – Bomuse
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1. It’s Here!!
2. Tri-C Jazz Festival Talk Tent
3. New Video
4. Gigs

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1. Unknown Dameron, my CD of Rare and Never Recorded Works by Tadd Dameron is now available from Summit Records. I just ordered a CD from Summit last week. It takes about a week to arrive, and the site is very easy to use.

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2. Saturday, June 29 at 4:45 PM I will be giving a talk about Tadd Dameron at the Tri-C Jazz Festival in Cleveland, OH, Tadd’s birthplace and home town. The tent is located in Playhouse Square, along with most of the Festival. I will be giving context to the previous evening’s concert by the Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra and Dianne Reeves, in a location just a mile or two from the neighborhood where he grew up.

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3. I just posted a new video at my YouTube channel, Paul Combs –

Pocket Big Band, Chit Chat Lounge, Haverhill MA, 2002

BoMuse. It gives a brief history of the Pocket Big Band, which I started in 2001, and led util moving West in 2015. If you haven’t been to my channel before, please consider subscribing and clicking the notations bell. I have several more ready to go from a concert I gave in 2013 with the original Dameron Project Quintet that included Jim Cameron, Don Hemwall, Herman Hampton, and Stanley Swann. I’ll start putting them out at monthly intervals starting at the end of this month.

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4. Gigs
No changes, you can find everything at Events at my Web-site.

Events

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.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

Follow @BoMuseMusic  on Twitter, and Facebook, at All About Jazz , and now on YouTube at Paul Combs – Bomuse

BoMuse News, June 2019, v18 n6

BoMuse News, vol. 18, 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, at All About Jazz , and now on YouTube at Paul Combs – Bomuse

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1. Unknown Dameron
2. Music at Grossmont College
3. Tri-C Festival
4. La Mesa Walkway/La Mesa Wine Works
5. Awards received by SDSCPA
6. JJA Awards and NEA Jazz Masters
7. Gigs

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1. Unknown Dameron, a CD of little-known and even never before recorded tunes and songs (7 to of 12 selections) will be available from Summit Records in just a week or two. I just bought a CD from them and the process was very easy. You can also come to one of the celebrations of its release that I will be giving, and purchase it there. The first will be at the Handlery 950 Lounge on Sunday August, 25, at 4:30. Joining me will be pianist Melonie Grinnell, bassist Rob Thorsen, and drummer Richard Sellers, who are all on the CD.

We still do not have an exact date for the release. I will send out an “extra” when the CD is available.

If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, go to my YouTube Chanel to see the promo video for the CD that John Brooks of Canis Lupis Productions made for me.

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2. One of the things that impressed me the most upon moving to California is the excellent community colleges we have here. I guess you could say my most recent alma mater is Grossmont College, which has an excellent music department. There are some good summer classes which you or someone you know might find very interesting, including Manny Cepeda’s class in Afro-Cuban Percussion Class for beginners. You can find out about all this on the Music Department’s Face book page. You can also find out about concerts at the school by following this page. Registration is done through the Grossmont College web site.

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3. Later this month I will be be at the Tri-C Jazz Festival in Cleveland OH. I have been asked to give a talk on Tadd Dameron in connection with the Tribute to Tadd Dameron featuring Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and Dianne Reeves, on Friday June 28 at the Ohio Theater in Playhouse Sq. I will be in the Talk Tent at 4:45 on Saturday, June 29.  After all my research trips to Cleveland, birth place of Tadd Dameron, I developed a love for the city, and I am looking forward to visiting it again.

The exact time and location within the Festival are still being determined. I will Include those in the “extra” announcing the availability of the CD.

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4. La Mesa Wine Works has been hosting small local jazz groups for a while now, but its location in an essentially commercial zone has made inaccessible except by car. Now the City of La Mesa has opened a walkway from the end of Spring Street to Center Street making access by foot from the Village and the La Mesa Boulevard Orange Line stop possible. The music starts a 1:30, so folks can catch a set or two, and sample the wines from San Pasqual and Wyatt Oaks wineries, before catching any other Sunday entertainment that might be on their calendar. They have a calendar where you can see who will be playing. I will be there with pianist Adam Wolff on June 26.

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5. Last month I reported on ensembles of young musicians from San Diego area schools going to New York for Festivals. I don’t fine any mention of awards for the the New York Music Festival at Carnegie Hall so we will assume it was a non-competitive festival, and the honor was in being accepted. I rather like non-competitive festivals and we are proud of any of our young musicians who distinguish themselves.

There were awards at the Essentially Ellington Festival, where Dr. John Reynolds was able to take his jazz band from San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts. Bassist John Murray was cited as both an Outstanding Bassist and given the Ella Fitzgerald Outstanding Soloist Award. Tiger Diep was cited as an Outstanding Alto Saxophonist, and Alvin Page received and Honorable Mention as a Tenor Saxophonist. It is not clear to me just what these titles mean relative to each other, but going to New York to play in one of only 15 bands from across the U.S., is in itself quite an honor. For you readers in the Boston area you will see, no surprise, that the band from Foxboro did quite well. You can see the awards here. Congratulations to all.

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6. More jazz related awards. The Jazz Journalists Association, annually gives out a wide variety of awards, including their Jazz Heroes awards, which acknowledge folks who are doing the good work of presenting the music on a local level. San Diego’s own Holly Hofmann is among the honorees this year, and she is a shining example of someone who regularly goes the distance to make a good space for the music to be heard.

The NEA Jazz Masters have also been announced. The National Endowment For The Arts seems to be continually under threat from those in government who do not understand the importance of a nation’s culture; so it is heartening to see that in this particular time this set of honors is still being given.

Lastly, there is the All About Jazz poll of 100 favorite jazz venues. The poll was based on a response of 4000 of the 191,000 folks who have joined AAJ, so it certainly is not scientific. However, It does let you know of 100 of all the places presenting jazz across the country.

Go see who has been honored in these sets of awards. If there are people or venues you do not recognize, read up on them find their music or schedules, and keep in mind that there are many more who are worthy of attention. Jazz never died, and is very much alive.

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7. Gigs

Witch Creek Winery has moved Dene Davidson’s Santa Cruz Sound & Co. from Tuesday evenings to Saturday afternoons 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. I will be playing with him on June 1, 8, and 22, Joey Carano will be there on the 15th and 29th. As mentioned above, Adam Wolff and I will be at the La Mesa Wine Works on Sunday, June 23, 1:30 – 4:30 PM. Please visit Events here at my Website for details.

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. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3 and pick up a copy of the Troubadour, and where ever you are go join All About Jazz so you can receive their Jazz Near You notices.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

Follow @BoMuseMusic  on Twitter, and Facebook, at All About Jazz , and now on YouTube at Paul Combs – Bomuse

BoMuse News, May 2019, v18 n5

BoMuse News, vol. 18, 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, and now at All About Jazz.

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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
7. Gigs

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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7. Gigs
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!

Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter, and Facebook, and now at All About Jazz.

BoMuse News, April 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

BoMuse News, vol. 18, 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, and Facebook, and now at All About Jazz.

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1. East Coast Tour
2. Unknown Dameron Progress
3. Vanessa Rubin’s Dameron CD
4. My YouTube Channel
5. Gigs

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1. I will be on the East Coast for the second half of April, giving a talk at the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS), doing some performing, as well as visiting family and friends. On Wednesday April 17, 7:00PM, I will give a talk on Tadd Dameron at the IJS, which will include some of my recent research. The IJS is located on the 4th floor of the Dana Library, at the Newark campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, located at 185 University Avenue, in Newark. After that it is off to the Boston Area to revisit Savinos Grill with my old friend guitarist Mark Michaels. On Good Friday I will join the ensemble for Bob Franke’s Good Friday Meditations, which we have been performing since 1980. How can I not be there? My visit ends with a return to Jazz At The Tap, the Sunday night series I started in Haverhill, MA across the street from its current location. Details are in the Events on my Web-site, and in the Gigs section of this newsletter.

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2. We are still on track for a June release of Unknown Dameron, my new CD on Summit Records. The tracks are all mixed and mastered, and as you can see we have the cover art. All that’s left is the booklet, and then we go into manufacturing. As I think I have said before, I feel it is an honor to have this CD come out on Summit.

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3. My friend Vanessa Rubin has released her long awaited CD of songs by Tadd Dameron. For this project Vanessa commissioned little big-band arrangements from writers who knew Tadd personally, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath, and Cleveland’s Willie “Face” Smith. There is also a lovely chart of “Never Been In Love” from Bobby Watson. Vanessa has also written lyrics for some of Tadd’s instrumental compositions including “The Dream is You,” from a big band project Tadd arranged for Milt Jackson. With Vanessa’s lyric it is titled “Reveries Do Come True.” The project got a nice write up in Down Beat magazine, and it is available from CD Baby and iTunes, the links are at Vanessa’s Website. I had the honor of writing the liner notes.

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4. While I have known for some time that video has become a marketing necessity in the 21st Century, I have had difficulty getting a handle on it. After a couple of tries over the last decade, I am finally ready to start my own YouTube channel. If it isn’t up with an introductory video by the time you read this, it should be soon after. I hope to have at least this first little place holder up before I head East. Meanwhile, I have a professional videographer/editor/director friend of mine, John Brooks, working on a promotional video for the CD, which should be ready very soon. Maybe we can get that one up before I fly out, as well. If you will forgive the “Extra,” (I try to keep them to a minimum) I will announce the channel when it is viewable.

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5. Gigs

Thank you to those who came out to hear Dave Castel Del Oro and me at la Mesa Wine Works. Dave and I will be playing at the San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room and Gallery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa CA, on Saturday April 6 at 7:00 PM. It will be our first time there together. I continue to play with Dene Davidson on Tuesdays, 6:00 PM, at Witch Creek Winery, and Wednesdays around the corner from there in the courtyard of Carlsbad Village Faire, with the addition of guitarist Joey Carano, at 2:30 PM. Dene and Joey will carry on without me while I am gone, but I will be back on May 1. While I am away.

On the East Coast, there is my talk at the Institute of Jazz Studies, 7:00 PM, April 17 in Newark; a duo with Mark Michaels at Savinos Grill in Belmont, MA, 8:00 PM, April 18; Bob Franke’s Good Friday Cantata, 8:00 PM, April 19, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Marblehead, MA; and a Paul Combs Quintet at the Tap in Haverhill, MA, April 28, 6:30 PM. Addresses for all of these are listed in the Events section here at paulcombs.com.

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston, visit the Facebook page for Jazz at the Tap, and the Seacoast Jazz Society Web site. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3. There are no house concerts to announce this month, but be sure to watch this sections for more in the future.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter, and Facebook, and now at All About Jazz.

BoMuse News, March 2019

BoMuse News, vol. 18, 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, and Facebook, and now at All About Jazz

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  1. Grammy Awards for Jazz
  2. House Concerts
  3. Unknown Dameron CD
  4. Jazz in Temecula
  5. Gigs

1 Ah, it’s that time of the year again: the Grammys are awarded. I joined the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences so I could show support for our corner of the commercial music world. I have to admit that this year I did not vote. NARAS changed their system for voting, and I found that just trying to deal with the online rig-a-ma-roll was complicated and frustrating, and I had too many other things to do. In addition, I take my vote seriously, so the process takes a few evenings of listening carefully. With few exceptions, everything that makes it to the final round is of very high quality, and the choices are rarely easy. I will have to deal with the new system next year, and others told me of similar frustration with the new system, so we will hope for some improvements. That being said, here is the list of those who were nominated with the winners at the top of each category. Jazz is very much alive, and there is a lot of great music being made and recorded. Try to support as much of it as you can.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo:

  • DON’T FENCE ME IN – WINNER, John Daversa, soloist, Track from: American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music Of Freedom (John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists)
  • SOME OF THAT SUNSHINE, Regina Carter, soloist, Track from: Some Of That Sunshine (Karrin Allyson)
  • WE SEE,Fred Hersch, soloist (presumably from Live In Europe)
  • DE-DAH, Brad Mehldau, soloist, Track from: Seymour Reads The Constitution! (Brad Mehldau Trio)
  • CADENAS, Miguel Zenón, soloistTrack from: Yo Soy La Tradición (Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet)

Best Jazz Vocal Album:

  • THE WINDOW – WINNER, Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • MY MOOD IS YOU, Freddy Cole
  • THE QUESTIONS, Kurt Elling
  • THE SUBJECT TONIGHT IS LOVE, Kate McGarry, Keith Ganz, Gary Versace
  • IF YOU REALLY WANT, Raul Midón With The Metropole Orkest Conducted By Vince Mendoza

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:

  • EMANON – WINNER, The Wayne Shorter Quartet
  • DIAMOND CUT, Tia Fuller
  • LIVE IN EUROPE, Fred Hersch Trio
  • SEYMOUR READS THE CONSTITUTION!, Brad Mehldau Trio
  • STILL DREAMING, Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley & Brian Blade

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:

  • AMERICAN DREAMERS: VOICES OF HOPE, MUSIC OF FREEDOM – WINNER, John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists
  • ALL ABOUT THAT BASIE, The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By Scotty Barnhart
  • PRESENCE, Orrin Evans And The Captain Black Big Band
  • ALL CAN WORK, John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
  • BAREFOOT DANCES AND OTHER VISIONS, Jim McNeely & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album:

  • BACK TO THE SUNSET – WINNER, Dafnis Prieto Big Band
  • HEART OF BRAZIL, Eddie Daniels
  • WEST SIDE STORY REIMAGINED, Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
  • CINQUE, Elio Villafranca
  • YO SOY LA TRADICIÓN, Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet

2 I have mentioned the house concerts at Wolfe Gardens in the last two issues and that has led me to try to come up with a way to get the word out, without publicly posting the address. Recently I attended another house concert, this one featuring Joe Garrison’s Night People. I received another invitation from Joe just a few days ago, but I have not had time to discuss with him how I might properly share this with my readers. However, I can share this link to his Web-site where you can meet Joe and his music. I will be happy to share, discretely of course, any information about house concerts that you may be able to pass on to me.

That being said, Deborah Wolfe would like you to know about, “Another fantastic house concert at Wolfe Gardens, Friday March 15, with guest artists Lara Solnicki and Jeremy Siskind. Lara is a world-class jazz singer born in Toronto and now based in New York City; Jeremy is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer. Together, they are magical! Check them out at http://www.larasolnicki.com/news.html and http://www.jeremysiskind.com/.Suggested donation $20 per person. Light hors d’oevres and drinks will be served.”

If you would like to go, let me know and I will pass your contact on to Deborah. The last concert with bassist Sean Hickey, leading a band featuring guitarist, Louis Valenzuela, vibraphonist Matt Di Biase, and drummer Julien Cantelm, was a delight.


3 We should be able to meet the expected June release date of Unknown Dameron, which is now the official title. I have signed my contract with Summit Records, Eric Jackson of WGBH in Boston and I are preparing the notes, and we are almost ready to submit the mastered tracks. Summit sent me a draft of the cover art for my approval, and with the exception of a word here and there I am delighted with it. Summit’s art folks have done a beautiful job. As Darby Christensen, president of Summit Records likes to say “Onward!”


Ralph Peterson’s Blakey Jazz Messengers tribute band

4 I had heard about Jazz at the Merc in Temecula, CA not too long after I settled here, but it took a while for me to get up there for a concert. Its director, and a wonderful jazz singer in her own right, Sherry Williams, presents weekly shows on Thursdays, and at the end of January my friend Kamau Kenyatta was playing there with a quartet that included other friends, Justin Grinnell, Richard Sellers, and Curtis Taylor. I had to go. The Mercantile is a large building, or couple of buildings actually, that houses two theaters, one large and one small. Jazz at the Merc lives in the small theater, a charming and intimate performance space. Sherry also presents concerts on other days on occasion, and at the end of February a room full of us had the distinct pleasure of hearing the great drummer Ralph Peterson lead a sextet of former members of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers: Essiet Essiet (not in the picture above), Brian Lynch, Bill Pierce, Bobby Watson, and a younger pianist, whom Blakey surely would have hired, had he lived long enough, Zaccai Curtis. What a treat.

In addition to the Thursday evening shows, they will have their 8th annual Jazz Festival on Sunday, March 10.


5 With all the preparations for the CD release, I haven’t had much time to go hunt for gigs, so I am grateful to my friend Dene Davidson for keeping me busy. I will be playing with him every Tuesday evening 6:00-9:00 at the Witch Creek Winery, and every Wednesday afternoon 2:30-4:30 at the Carlsbad Village Faire. I’ll be at the La Mesa Wine Works with pianist David Castel Del Oro on Sunday, March 24, 1:30-4:30. addresses are in the Events page here at my Web-site, just click on the tab above.

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 this just in from a dear friend in Brookline, the Post Underground. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3, and again Jazz At the Merc. Also just a reminder that the weekly jazz performances at the Handlery Hotel have moved to Sundays, 4:30 to 6:30. Fortunately, you can still hear some jazz at the Handlery, 950 Hotel Circle, San Diego CA, on Fridays, 5:00- 8:00, since my friend Adam Wolff will be at the piano there regularly, often with a guest or two.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

BoMuse News, February 2019

BoMuse News, vol. 18, 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, and Facebook, and now at All About Jazz.

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  1. SDSCPA Ellington Band
  2. More on JEN Conferenc
  3. Website Update: Arrangements for Sale
  4. CD Update
  5. Gigs

1.The Ellington Band, the premier jazz band from San Diego’s School of Creative and Performing Arts, gave a superb performance at the Jazz Education Network Conference, in Reno, NV. In spite of bad colds, and having a 9:00 AM time slot, the students gave a very polished performance of the set they had prepared. So much so that the clinic judges had only very minor points to make to them after expressing their delight in what they heard. It should be noted that the band is made up of very few seniors. Dr. John Reynolds is also entering this band in the Essentially Ellington Festival competition. The SDSPCA band was one of 15 selected a couple of years ago, and we wish them all success in making a return visit to New York. I will keep you posted.

More on John Reynolds here.


2.As you may know, the Jazz Education Network, JEN, was started 10 years ago in the wake of the financial collapse of the International Association for Jazz Education. It holds an annual Conference for its members, that includes sessions on various topic of interest to the Jazz Education community, concerts by both professionals and students, and an exhibition of relevant products, as well as institutions to which student musicians would like to apply. I should note that it is my understanding that music education conferences are the only ones to which educators bring their students. This provides not only an opportunity for the the educators to hear the results of each other’s work, but for the students to interact with many teachers, and other students. This year’s conference was a good one for me in both the sessions I attended, and the networking I was able to get done. The only down side was he choice of venue, an enormous casino/resort/hotel in Reno, NV. Between the second hand smoke, and the close proximity to numbers of people mindlessly, in my opinion, playing slot machines, I and others did not think this a healthy environment for the youngsters in our care. Also the location was difficult to get to for too many of the exhibitors. That being said, it was in it’s size and facilities a good venue, and I would think this is why it was chosen. Having sat on committees tasked with finding a venue for a conference, I do understand the challenges facing those who have to make this choice.


3.One of the things I was able to get done at the conference was to check in with ejazzlines.com, who distribute the arrangements I have for sale. In the process of ejazzlines taking over for Otter Distributors, my original distributor, some of my arrangements did not make it on to my page at ejazzlines.com. Since I have had an excellent relationship with the folks at ejazzlines, we were able to remedy the situation, and all the charts are listed there now. These are also listed in The Store section of my Website, and the links are all working now. Most of these are for “little big band,” having been written for my Pocket Big Band. There are also two big band charts, my CDs, including the Pocket Big Band’s “Live at Chit Chat,” and signed copies of Dameronia – the Life and Music of Tadd Dameron, which can be purchased through the site. These CDs are currently only available from me personally. Due to the expense of setting up a commercial site, the purchase of CD’s and books requires emailing me and arranging for payment, but I can accept payment via Pay Pal or Venmo


4.After the Conference I went to Phoenix to meet with Darby Christiansen of Summit Records. Summit will be releasing the Unknown Dameron CD in June, and we met to work out some of the logistics. By the time you read this the tracks will be in their final form, mixed and mastered, and we will be addressing the notes and artwork. I am proud and delighted to be releasing this project on the Summit label. There was a time, not too long ago, when I had given up hope of being able to present some of the little-known, and unrecorded tunes and songs of this great American musician. Thanks to the folks at KSDS who had me celebrate Tadd’s 100th birthday with a broadcast concert, I was able to make this happen.


5.Gigs: The Wednesday afternoon gig, 2:30-4:30, that Dene Davidson established at the Carlsbad Village Faire continues. Carlsbad Village Faire is located at 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., between Pacific Coast Highway and the railroad tracks. In addition Dene now has a gig at Tuesday evenings, 5:00 – 8:00, at Witch Creek Winery. I will join him on February 5 and 19.

Adam Wolff and I will return to the La Mesa Wine Works on Sunday February 24, from 1:30 to 4:30. The Wine Works is a lovely place to hang out on a Sunday afternoon, and we hope to see you there. See the details here.

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston, visit the Facebook page for Jazz at the Tap, and the Seacoast Jazz Society Web site. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter, and Facebook, and now at All About Jazz.

BoMuse News, January 2019

BoMuse News, January 2019, vol. 18, 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. Lenore Raphael at Wolfe Gardens
  2. La Mesa Wine Works
  3. SDSCPA Jazz Band at JEN Conference
  4. Theater Scholarships
  5. 18 Years of BoMuse News
  6. Gigs

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


1 I hope your will forgive me for repeating an item from last month, but I do want to make sure to get the word out about My friend, pianist Lenore Raphael who will be playing at Wolfe Gardens, the house concert hosted by Deborah Wolfe, in a duo with bassist Rob Thorsen on Friday January 4, at 7:00. Since the concert takes place a Deborah’s home, I won’t provide the address here, but you can contact me and I will pass your email on to Deborah, who can add you to the invitation list. Lenore is Steinway Artist who is well established on the East Coast. She Typically makes a West Coast tour in January. Last year schedules worked out so that she could play the Jazz Happy Hour at the Handlery Hotel, and she delighted the full house audience. This year her tour includes several venues in California, including *The Merc, in Temecula, and the Vibrato, in LA. Lenore will also be performing at the Tuscon Jazz Festival. This will be our chance to hear her here in San Diego. As last year, I will sit in for a number of two, as well.

*(If you use this link, click on Sherry’s picture, and then Jazz at The Merc.)


2. Last spring I started playing at the La Mesa Wine Works on a semi-regular basis. La Mesa Wine Works is a comfortable and cheerful space with good acoustics, and the management has made it a home for musicians in a variety of idioms, including jazz. Last Weekend the jazz, which is most often presented on Sunday afternoons, was featured on Friday and Saturday evenings, with Larry Friedman’s Schrodingers’ Jazz Cats on Friday, And the Gypsy Swing Cats, featuring Steve Nichols and Guy Gonzalez on Guitars, with Cecil McBee Jr. on Bass on Saturday. Both evenings were pleasurable, with some fun interpretations of Christmas songs sprinkled in, including a 5/4 rendition of Jingle Bells.

Steve Nichols, Cecil McBee Jr.,& Guy Gonzales at La Mesa Wine Works
Steve Nichols, Cecil McBee Jr.,& Guy Gonzales

I will be there on Sunday, December 30, 1:30 to 4:30 with pianist Adam Wolff, and again on Sunday, January 27, with pianist Dave Castel Del Oro. The wines are tasty, and you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or dinner. The full calendar is here.


3. It’s almost time for the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference, and, unlike last year, this time I will be able to attend. JEN, as you may know, is the successor to the International Association of Jazz Educators, and is one of the major music education organizations. One of the great features of music education conferences is performances by student groups. Unlike other educator conferences, say language, history, or mathematics, music educators bring their students to the conference. In fact San Diego’s own School of Creative and Performing Arts (SDSCPA) is sending its top jazz ensemble, the “Ellington Band” to this year’s conference in Reno NV. Recently, I got to hear the band, under the direction of Dr. John Reynolds, when they performed at Dizzy’s, and I am certainly looking forward to hearing them again at the conference.


4. Since the deadlines for these scholarships is still a couple of weeks away I would like to repeat this information, which came to me via the Arts Education Resource Organization (AREO) and the La Jolla Playhouse.

The American Theatre Wing (ATW) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative University Scholarships. According to the ATW “Scholarships of $40,000 ($10,000 a year, renewable for four years), will be given to high school seniors who demonstrate need, talent, and the interest to attend a four year university theatre program. The student’s area of focus can be in any aspect of theatre from performance, to design, to writing, to stage management, and others. To learn more, please visit our website. The deadline to apply for the 2019 University Scholarships is Friday, January 25th, 2019 at 11:59PM EST. To start an application, please click here. If you have any questions about the University Scholarship program, please email Programs Associate, Alicia Vnencak, at alicia@thewing.orgor call our office at 212-765-0606.”

Another ATW Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative scholarship helps middle and high schools students attend summer theater training programs. The area of study can be any aspect of theatre- acting, directing, design, etc. Click here for a list of theatre programs by state. the deadline to apply for a 2019 Training Scholarship is Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 11:59PM EST. There is no fee to apply – click here to start an application..


5. With this issue I enter the 19th year of putting out this news letter. With only a month here and there missing, mostly during my move to the West Coast and getting settled out here, it has been an almost continuous venture that has covered a period of time that included fall of the IAJE, the founding of Jazz Week, the passing of great musicians, and the arrival of new ones on the scene. While this is one of my ways of maintaining some awareness of my own humble efforts as a musician, I hope I have managed to inform my readers of various events, organizations, and personalities other than myself. I plan to continue this, and hope you find this newsletter useful and informative. A couple of years ago my mailing list was lost in the demise of the mailing service I was using. If you do enjoy these newsletters, please consider forwarding them to others. Subscriptions can be made by simply emailing me at this address, or contacting me here with the contact form at the bottom of the site.


6. Gigs: The Wednesday afternoon gig, 2:30 4:30, that Dene Davidson established at the Carlsbad Village Faire continues. Carlsbad Village Faire is located at 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., between Pacific Coast Highway and the railroad tracks. In addition Dene now has a gig at Tuesday evenings, 5:00 – 8:00, at Witch Creek Winery. I join him occasionally, but my January is filling up, so I cannot say at the moment just which Tuesdays I will be there.

As mentioned above Adam Wolff and I will return to the La Mesa Wine Works on Sunday December 30, from 1:30 to 4:30. The Wine Works is a lovely place to hang out on a Sunday afternoon, and we hope to see you there. See the details here.

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston, visit the Facebook page for Jazz at the Tap, and the Seacoast Jazz Society Web site. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter, and Facebook, and now at All About Jazz.

BoMuse News December 2018

BoMuse News, December 2018, vol. 17, no. 12

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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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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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1. Lenore Raphael at Wolfe Gardens
2. U. Arts. 50th Anniversary of Jazz Ed.
3. Revamp of My Website, www.PaulCombs.com
4. The Arts Education Resource Organization/Scholarships
5. More Louis Armstrong House News
6. Gigs

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1. My friend, pianist Lenore Raphael will be playing at Wolfe Gardens, the house concert hosted by Deborah Wolfe, in a duo with bassist Rob Thorsen on Friday January 4, at 7:00. Since the concert takes place a Deborah’s home, I won’t provide the address here, but you can contact me and I will pass your email on to Deborah, who can add you to the invitation list. Lenore is Steinway Artist who is well established on the East Coast. She makes a West Coast tour in January. Last year schedules worked out so that she could play the Jazz Happy Hour at the Handlery Hotel, and she delighted the full house audience. As last year, I will sit in for a number of two, as well.

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2. I took a quick trip to Philadelphia to attend a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Jazz Education at the University of the Arts. U. Arts is the successor to the school I attended as an undergraduate. I earned my B.Mus in Composition there, somewhat ironically a year before there was a jazz program there. The University of the Arts was the brainchild of my composition teacher, Joseph Castaldo. Joe had envisioned a multi-arts university that would be created by merging the Philadelphia Musical Academy (PMA) with the Museum School of Art a couple of blocks away, and restoring the dormant dance and graduate degree programs that had been part of PMA before I arrived. In those 50 years since I graduated in 1968 (is it really that long ago?), the school has grown enormously, and has become a major presence in arts education. This is not to say it was a backwater back in my day. Among my classmates Florence Quivar distinguished herself as a star of the Metropolitan Opera, and Michael Pedicin, who reached out to me with an invitation to the event, went on to play with Dave Brubeck, and Pat Martino, among others. The notable bassist Stanley Clarke entered the year after I left. The event included excellent ensemble performances by both

Evan Solot conducts faculty and former students in his “Woof”

current and former students. My thanks to Mike for getting me to attend and reconnect with my alma mater, which I am proud to have attended.

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3. I have pretty much finished revamping this Website, www.paulcombs.com. As with any Website, it is a work in progress, but the big changes are finished. Since I no longer have my teaching studio in Cambridge, that section of the site has been repurposed to hold information on my continuing educational work. The Main section focuses on me as a performer, and the third section is now a store, where my CDs and arrangements are available, as well signed copies of Dameronia – the Life and Music of Tadd Dameron. This last section of the site is still being developed, but it is at least possible to make purchases via email. It will take a while to get the direct purchase (credit card, PayPal, Venmo) programming done. I hope you will have a chance to explore the site, and welcome your comments and suggestions.

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4. AERO, the Arts Education Resource Organization of San Diego, continues to develop its organizational strength. When I joined the Governance Committee a little over two years ago, we were the only group helping to guide the then-resurgence of AERO. Now we have four committees, which means we can get more done, and involve more people. In addition to connecting professional providers of arts education, from large organizations like The San Diego Opera and Arts For Learning, to individual artist/educators, AERO organizes professional develop events for arts/educators, and works to advocate for arts education in our schools, both the work of visiting artists, and the programs resident in the schools. Membership in AERO is open to all qualified teaching artists and related services that address the needs of elementary and secondary schools. More information can be found here.

Recently some scholarship opportunities for high school students have been announced through AERO and I would like to pass these on. The American Theatre Wing (ATW) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative University Scholarships. According to the ATW “Scholarships of $40,000 ($10,000 a year, renewable for four years), will be given to high school seniors who demonstrate need, talent, and the interest to attend a four year university theatre program. The student’s area of focus can be in any aspect of theatre from performance, to design, to writing, to stage management, and others. To learn more, please visit our website. The deadline to apply for the 2019 University Scholarships is Friday, January 25th, 2019 at 11:59PM EST. To start an application, please click here. If you have any questions about the University Scholarship program, please email Programs Associate, Alicia Vnencak, at alicia@thewing.orgor call our office at 212-765-0606.”

Another ATW Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative scholarship helps middle and high schools students attend summer theater training programs. The area of study can be any aspect of theatre- acting, directing, design, etc. Click here for a list of theatre programs by state. the deadline to apply for a 2019 Training Scholarship is Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 11:59PM EST. There is no fee to apply – click here to start an application.

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5. As a follow up to the item that included news of the Louis Armstrong House in last months issue here is an article about Louis’s house, and his collected papers and personal recordings by Giovanni Russonello, from the New York Times. If you are visiting New York I highly recommend a visit to his house, but if you cannot you can still visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum Website and see the digitized collection.

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6. The Schedule

The Wednesday afternoon gig that Dene Davidson established at the Carlsbad Village Faire continues. We, the core band of Dene on bass, guitarist Joey Carano, and I, are grateful for the support of the businesses at Village Faire, as well as that of the management. Adam Wolff and I will return to the La Mesa Wine Works on Sunday December 30, from 1:30 to 4:30. The Wine Works is a lovely place to hang out on a Sunday afternoon, and we hope to see you there. See the details here on the Events page.

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston, visit the Facebook page for Jazz at the Tap, and the Seacoast Jazz Society Web site. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter, and Facebook, and now at All About Jazz.

BoMuse News, Nov. 2018 (vol. 17, no. 11)

BoMuse News, Nov. 2018 (vol. 17, no. 11)

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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.

Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter, and Facebook, and now at All About Jazz.
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1. Thanks and Intimate Venues
2. Venue News, Ups And Downs
3. John Coltrane & Louis Armstrong Houses
4. A trip to Key West/Gigs

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1. Thanks to everyone who came out to hear Melonie Grinnell and me at the La Mesa Branch Library, and again with the addition of Mack Leighton and Richard Sellers at Wolfe Gardens. The acoustics at the Library were perfect for our electric piano and saxophone duo. This in spite of, or perhaps because of our location in a corner of the library itself. The La Mesa Branch Library has a regular monthly series of concerts featuring a varsity of musical styles, presented usually on the second Saturday of the month. This was such a pleasure for the two of us that I will be looking for more library concert opportunities

The acoustics at Deborah Wolfe’s home are also perfect for small groups, even with drums – and the right drummer, of course. There is a small grand piano, and room for 25 to 35 people to sit comfortably. The intimacy of these spaces provides an almost conversational environment for the performers and listeners. We even had audience members ask a couple of very good questions between numbers. I hope to find more opportunities for this kind of performance, especially with the CD coming out next year. If you, dear reader, should have any leads on house concerts, please let me know.

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2. First bad news from San Diego – I always like to give the bad news first. The restaurant that has hosted the Northern Spirits Jazz Club in San Marcos for the last few years, has closed, leaving Norm Murphy, who booked the musicians without a venue. Norm has expressed to me that he will be looking for another, and we wish him all success in this. Many nights of excellent music took place there, and I feel honored to have played there a couple of times.

Another music series looking for a new venue is 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, are presented twice a month, and will stop at the end of the year. They featured a great variety of genres. I attended a delightful concert of percussion music, mostly from regions of Africa, organized by N. Scott Robinson. Of course there have been performances by jazz musicians as well. There are four more concerts scheduled this year, and the small auditorium is very pleasant. Watch for new of a resumption of this series of concerts at a new venue.

The good venue news is on the East Coast. The Press Room, in Portsmouth, NH, has long been a home for jazz in the New Hampshire/Southern Maine area. I played there from the time it opened in the late 80s, until just before moving out to San Diego. A couple of months ago it had to close for renovations. Many were worried that this would be the end of its long-standing jazz-friendly booking policy. To everyone’s delight it reopened on Halloween, with the Sunday Jazz and Tuesday jam session intact. I did not see mention of the Monday jazz down stairs, but you can visit their Web site to see what is happening.

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3. The efforts to preserve John and Alice Coltrane’s Long Island home has come a long way since 2002, when it was threatened with being demolished by a real estate developer. At times it looked like the cause was lost, but with perseverance, the funding and community support was found, and by 2007 the Town of Huntington, NY where it is located, purchased the home and donated it to the Friends of the Coltrane home. Following that the home was placed on both the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places, and in 2011the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) added it to their register of Endangered Places. Recently the NTHP has named the home a National Treasure, and has committed to help in the repair and restoration of the home. Now with a $75,000 grant from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, work on the home will move forward. According to an article in the New York Times by Gabe Cohn, “Plans for the property include renovation of the home (recent efforts have included replacing the roof, rebuilding the chimney and fighting mold) and, eventually, the installation of a public park on the surrounding land. The Friends of the Coltrane Home, the group that manages the property, also hopes to offer music education programs there.”

There is further good news of support for historic preservation of important musical sites, the Louis Armstrong House, in Corona Queens, NY. According to another NYT article by Gabe Cohn, “The little white house in Corona, Queens, next to Louis and Lucille Armstrong’s home would be unremarkable now if the couple’s next-door neighbor, Selma Heraldo, hadn’t become so close to them. In the years after the jazz great and his wife died — in 1971 and 1983, respectively — Heraldo became a tangible link to the couple; she was a local who knew them as they were when they lived in Queens, and who regularly attended events held by the Louis Armstrong House Museum, which opened in the Armstrong home in 2003. When Heraldo died in 2011, she left her own home to the museum. Now, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the museum have announced that the city has allocated $1.9 million to help renovate Heraldo’s two-story home, known as Selma’s House, a project that also received about $1 million from the city in July 2017. In a separate addition already in progress, an education center and jazz club are being built across the street.”

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4. I only have a couple of gigs this month, so I will include a little report on my visit to Key West Fl, and a worthy project involving a couple of good friends of mine. Erika Biddle, one of the friends I was visiting, is organizing large public exhibit titled “Blind Spots: Modern Slavery Exposed.” Part of this grew out of the work of Len Morris of Galen Films, another friend, and Len will be one of the speakers at events around the installation of the Blind Spots exhibit. I will report again on this as we get closer to the February date of the exhibit.

While I was in Key West I sat in with this band at the Green Parrot, and met some fine musicians with whom I found I had mutual friends. The Sunday afternoon jam session is not listed with the events, but if you are down there, I believe you can count on it; 1:00-4:00 on Sundays.

Adam Wolfe and I will play at the La Mesa Wine Works on Sunday, November 1:30-4:30. La Mesa Wine Works often has jazz on Sunday afternoons, the wines are excellent and you are welcome to bring food. A great place for a Sunday hang with friends. I will be in the band with Dene Davidson and Joey Carano at Carlsbad Village Faire in the afternoons on the first two Wednesdays in November. I will be out of town for the last two, but that should not keep you from stopping by the lovely courtyard there to hear the guys, and whoever sits in for me. As always, the details are available Events.

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston, visit the Facebook page for Jazz at the Tap, and the Seacoast Jazz Society Web site. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter, and Facebook, and now at All About Jazz.

BoMuse News, v17 n10

BoMuse News, vol. 17, no. 10

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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.

Follow @BoMuseMusic  on Twitter, and Facebook, and now at All About Jazz.

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1. House Concert at Wolfe Garden & La Mesa Library
2. Jazz At Continues
3. CD Progress Report
4. Gigs

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1. I will be giving a concert at the home of Deborah Wolfe, on Saturday, October 20, starting at 7:00 PM. Joining me will be pianist Melonie Grinnell, bassist Mac Leighton, and drummer Richard Sellers. I am excited about playing with these three superb musicians, in this wonderfully intimate setting. Debby hosts these concerts on a fairly regular basis out of her love for music and musicians, and we are most fortunate to have her as a neighbor. The concert I reported about last month, with Roni Ben Hur, Harvey S, Silvia Cuenca – all well-established, New York based players – and their special guest trombonist Matt Hall, was excellent. It will be an honor to play at Debby’s house. If you would like to come to our concert, let me know, and I will pass your email address on to Deborah and she will add you to here invite list. Since this is a private home, I would not publish the address here. [Please note: the Contact page at this site is temporarily out of order, but you can message me via FaceBook or email me paul(at)this website]

The Saturday before this concert, October 13, you can hear Melonie and me in an afternoon recital at the La Mesa Branch Library, 8074 Allison Avenue, La Mesa, CA. We start at 1:00 PM, and the recital is free and open to the public. Melonie is one of my very favorite San Diego pianists, and I am looking forward to this duo performance.

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2. Good News!! The Sunday jazz series I started back in 2002 in Haverhill, MA, will continue. It will now be hosted by The Tap, which is right across the street from the series’ old haunt the Chit Chat Lounge, at 100 Washington St. This venue has the additional advantage of tables and food. The folks at The Tap also brew their own beer, which I remember as being very good, indeed. The series kicks off on Sunday, October 14, at 6:30 PM with the Pocket Big Band. For now news of the Sunday jazz series is still at the Jazz at Chit Chat Facebook page, but a new page will be established soon. Carry on my old friends!

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3. The Unknown Dameron CD will be out on the Summit label in June, if all goes according to present plan. As reported, the tracks are all recorded, and mixed. We are now finishing production, gathering the elements of the package, and laying the groundwork for a full promotion campaign. I would also like to announce that Vanessa Rubin’s Dameron CD, the title of which I believe will be Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron, should be out in February or March, and we hope to be as coordinated as possible in our promotion efforts. Please stay tuned.

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4. Gigs

In addition to the recital at the La Mesa Branch Library, and the house Concert at Wolfe Garden, I will be in the band supporting vocalist Erica Marie at the Cuvée Club in La Jolla on Friday, October 12. Last, but not least, the Wednesday afternoon jazz with Dene Davidson’s San Jose Sound, continues at Carlsbad Village Faire, from 2:30 to 4:30-5:00. I love playing there with Dene and guitarist Joey Carano, and watching the little children play around the fountain, and dance to the music. Details are at my events 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, and now at All About Jazz.

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