BoMuse News v16, n1

BoMuse News, vol. 16, 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 and arts education in general, 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. Handlery Hotel Happy Hour
2. Tadd Dameron’s Birthday Concert
3. Changes in BoMuse News
4. Arts Education Update
6. Congratulations
7. Geri Allen, Rest In Peace
8. Gigs & Events

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1. One of the many joys of living in San Diego is the weekly Jazz Happy Hour at the Handlery Hotel, in Mission Valley. Started two years ago by the highly respected flutist Holly Hofmann, the series has become enormously popular, so popular that it can be difficult to get a seat sometimes. Holly has made a space for local players, and occasional visiting dignitaries. There is no cover, and the refreshments are available at happy hour prices, and the music is always first class. On Friday July 28, I will have the pleasure, and honor, and playing there with pianist Hugo Suarez, and the brilliant bassist Rob Thorsen. Happy hour goes from 5:30 to 7:30 and the Handlery is located at 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108.

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2. On Tuesday, February 21, we celebrated Tadd Dameron’s 100th birthday with a concert of his music, much of it little-known, at San Diego City College’s Saville Theater, and broadcast/webcast by our 24/7 jazz radio station KSDS, as part of their Jazz Live series. For this concert I was fortunate to be joined by trumpeter Derek Cannon, and, thanks to KSDS General Manager Ken Poston, a rhythm section led by pianist Bill Cunliffe, with Alexander Frank on bass, and Charles Rugierro drums. The concert was very well received and a few of the performances may eventually be on a CD that I hope to produce in the coming months. (Read more.)

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3. As you will no doubt have noticed, the publication of BoMuse News has become rather erratic in the last couple of years. My move to San Diego was a big one, and I am still adjusting to my new environment. It is also time to consider trying to make some improvements. Due to circumstances beyond my control, the distribution program I used to use is lost. The newsletter will now be going out via Mail Chimp which should allow for easier incorporation of images and video. As with recent issues, it is also posted on my Web-site, where I have been experimenting with using the blog capabilities of my Web-site to streamline the email component. An announcement, with a link to the blog goes out via my Twitter and Facebook accounts. If you were on the old system and found this issue via one or the other of those means, please contact me so I can add you to the Mail Chimp list. I have found that the social network accounts are not consistently reliable, and it is easy to miss postings.

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4. Sadly, SoCal Jazz Society has had to “close up shop.” We just could not raise enough money to be able to continue operation. Still, SoCal Jazz Society was able to bring education about jazz – the music itself and its place in American culture – to many class rooms in the San Diego area. The last closing concert, given at Golden Hill Elementary was a joyous occasion, with several classes getting on stage to perform with a quartet of some of San Diego’s best musicians: Louis Valenzuela, guitar, Ed Kornhauser, keyboard, Mac Leighton, bass, and Matt Smith, drums. Congratulations go to John Brooks for the excellent work he did with his students. While it is unfortunate that SoCal Jazz Society was not able to continue, all who were involved in this noble experiment in jazz education can be proud of all that was accomplished. (Read more.)

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5. Congratulation to the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ira Gitler, Dave Holland, Dick Hyman, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. We are hoping that cooler heads will prevail in the Congress, and that we will be able to announce the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters next year.

Congratulations to all of those honored by the Jazz Journalists Association. First there are the Jazz Heroes. The JJA describes this award as one given to “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.”

There are 25 people in all who received this honor this year. I have had the pleasure of knowing three of them: Fran Morris Rosman, of the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation; San Diego’s own Gilbert Castellanos; and Judith Korey, who was my host at University of the District of Columbia. I will have more to say about her next month.

Second there are the JJA Jazz Awards. There are too many categories to list here, but needless to say all the awardees, and the nominees for that matter, are folks richly deserving of recognition.

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6. I used to list obituaries in this space, but I think I will forego this going forward. I always seem to miss somebody more than worthy of acknowledgement, and this information usually makes its way to people generally. That being said, I want to express my sorrow at the passing a few days ago of the great pianist and educator Geri Allen. Her death came as quite a shock to many, because she was only 60, and her illness was not generally known. The range of reactions to her life and work, as well as the lack of what we might call universal recognition of her, have been on my mind, and I will try to get my thoughts on all this “down on paper,” as it were, in the next issue.

Here is her obituary from WBGO, and the one from the New York Times

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7. Gigs & Events

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3. And if you don’t already, follow me on Twitter @BoMuseMusic

* Thu. July 6, 13, 20, & 27, 7:30-10:30 PM, Fred Hardy Quartet, Café Bar Europa, 873 Turquoise St., San Diego, CA (this has been a weekly gig, check Events at PaulCombs.com for confirmation)

* Wed. July 12, & 26, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, Dene Davidson Trio, Carlsbad Village Faire,
300 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad, CA (this is planed to be a bi-weekly gig, Starting June 28, check Events at PaulCombs.com for confirmation)

* Fri. July 28, 5:30-7:30 PM, Paul Combs Trio, Handlery Hotel San Diego
950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

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After the concert, I asked Derek if he would like to continue with this project. He agreed and we put together a San Diego rhythm section of drummer Richard Sellers, bassist Rob Thorsen, and pianist Kamau Kenyatta. Since Kamau is often very busy and out of town, Rob suggested the young pianist Hugo Suarez as his potential sub. We will be playing Dizzy’s, the concert series organized by Chuck Perrin, on Friday, September 8, and there will be more about that in the next issue. The plan is to use some of the tracks from February’s concert, and more recorded by this all San Diego band to present a CD of lesser-known and totally unknown music by Tadd Dameron sometime next year. As you may know already, I have collected as much of Dameron’s music as I could find, and there is so much here that deserves to be heard.

In line with this effort, there are plans for concerts of Tadd’s music here in San Diego, up in the Santa Barbara area, and in Washington DC. Earlier this year Tadd’s music was the focus of concerts at the New England Conservatory, and in his birthplace, Cleveland, OH. Saxophonist, music professor, and band leader Kent Engelhardt has been doing a lot to perform Tadd’s music, and Michael Kramer of the U.S. Army Blues jazz orchestra is planning the concert in in Washington DC. Up in Santa Barbara saxophonist and educator Les Rose is working up what he hopes will be a series of concerts featuring quintet, nonet, and big band performances, some including a singer. Here in San Diego the Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra is considering an all Dameron Concert this fall. I may have some Dameron performances in the San Francisco Bay area, but it is a little early to say more than that.

I have been helping these folks gather the music, and I am happy to say that more of his work is available commercially now thanks to Don Sickler and Second Floor Music, and the DuBoff brothers and eJazzlines.

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BoMuse News, v16, n1. Item 4, Arts Education Update continued –

Last year, after I was elected Vice President of the SoCal Jazz Society, a call went out for volunteers to join the Governance Board of San Diego’s Arts Education Resource Organization (AERO). Given my new position and the fact that SoCal JS was a member of AERO, I joined the Governance Board. Since I committed to a three year term, I am continuing to work with AERO, even though I do not have an organizational membership. There is so much that needs to be done in the area of arts education, and activism in this area.

AERO is an interesting organization in that it exists without a budget. We do get some logistical support from the San Diego County Office for Visual and Performing Arts, which hosts our Web-site and shares some of its staff. It is hardly an understatement to say both of these are invaluable. However, the organization was started from within the arts education community in San Diego, and the aim is to be rooted in that community as much as possible, and meetings are held at facilities of the various member organizations that have conference space. The membership is made up of organizations and individuals who provide arts enrichment programs to the County’s schools. Some like the San Diego Opera, are quite large, some are individuals who have a program that they offer to the schools, and many are small to medium organizations like our late-lamented SoCal Jazz Society.

One of the member organizations of AERO, Arts For Learning, San Diego, may be able to help the SoCal artists-in-residence, who brought our program to so many children, continue the work that SoCal Jazz Society began. As they say “watch this space.”

 

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BoMuse News, v15 n5

BoMuse News, vol. 15, 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.

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1. My Life in San Diego
2. SoCal Jazz Society Awards
3. Community Group to Buy KPLU
4. Sarah Vaughan Stamp Dedicated at NCCU Jazz Festival
5. The Nash Looking for New Director
6. Congratulations
7. Passings
8. The Schedule

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1. One never knows just what will happen when embarking on an adventure. In less than a year I have become part of a community and almost too busy with worthwhile activities. Last Saturday I played my first gig with the Manny Cepeda Orchestra. I was introduced to Manny by our late and dear friend Stanley Swann. Stanley and Manny were members of the NATO Jazz Ambassadors, probably in the 1980s. Manny, the “Master Chief,” is a Grammy-nominated timbalero, singer, and song-writer. The orchestra is the largest of his performing groups, and I have started playing baritone sax in this band. While I have had a special place in my heart for Afro-Caribbean music for many years, I have never played in a Salsa band before. It has been a humbling experience, and I have been working hard to get my parts downMCO 042316. Next week we will play in couple of festivals here in San Diego. I order to get up to speed with reading the parts, which are very syncopated, I have been taking an ensemble class at my local community college. I believe I have mentioned this before, but it bares repeating that this the music program at Grossmont College is truly exceptional. How many community colleges have you heard of that have an Afro-Cuban big band as a course!

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2. Another part of my busy life hear in Sunny California is my work with the SoCal Jazz Society. I know I  have mentioned this before as well, but as a non-profit that is only four years old, this is an exciting time to be part of this most worthy project.

To quote from our Web-site, “The SoCal Jazz Society is devoted to increasing the enjoyment, understanding and interest in the American art form of Jazz Music by providing in-school classes, master classes and private jazz music education, as well as concerts and the promotion of jazz events in the Southern California region. It is SoCal Jazz Society‘s aim to help students and the public at large have a clearer understanding of what makes improvisational music such a worthwhile study, and to encourage the enjoyment of this art form with increased awareness.”

At its Annual Fundraising Event the SoCal Jazz Society awarded five members of the San Diego Jazz Community for their achievements, as well as their support of jazz education and the jazz community of San Diego County.
Best Jazz Promoter: Brian Ross for expanding the knowledge of American Jazz, especially to younger generations, as well as the public at large, through his excellent work as Programs and Events Manager at University of California San Diego’s The Loft, and other venues; and as Events Coordinator at the Music Box in San Diego.
Best Jazz Artist: trumpet master Derek Cannon, not only for his excellent playing, but for his work as Department Chair and Director of Jazz and Afro-Cuban Studies at Grossmont College, and his mentoring of aspiring young musicians.
Best Jazz DJ: Janine Harty for her excellent work developing the enjoyment of Jazz Music through her weekly radio shows on KSDS and Jazz88.org which spotlight Women in Jazz. Her programing of great jazz artists helps increase the public’s knowledge of this great american Art Form.
Best Jazz Educator: Dr. John Reynolds, for his outstanding direction of the Jazz and Orchestral Studies at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, for paving the way for his high school big band to attend “Essentially Ellington” at Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York, and for his work as adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Grossmont College.
Best Jazz Producer: Kamau Kenyatta for his outstanding work developing the understanding of the language of Jazz Music through the production of jazz albums, and his excellent work increasing the public’s knowledge of american Jazz as an educator at the University of California San Diego.

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3. As part of the jazz community at large and a one-time jazz dj, I have been following the events around the sale of KPLU, one of the handful of full-time jazz radio stations. It is owned by Pacific Lutheran University, who have felt it necessary to sell it. Up till now the likely buyer was another listener-supported station in the Seattle WA area. But this would have deprived the area of the broadcasting, both jazz and public affairs, that has made KPLU such a valued station in the area. A committee of supporters was formed to try to buy the station from the university, and keep it on the air as an independent station. It appears that this effort has been successful. Please read more here.

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4. The U.S. Postal Service dedicated the newly released Sara Vaughan postage stamp at North Carolina Central University’s 26th Annual Jazz Festival on April 15, 2016.

More about the NCCU Jazz Festival:

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5. Jazz In Arizona, which operates the venue they created in honor of master drummer Lewis Nash, known simply as The NASH, is looking for a new managing director. Please help spreading the word. Maybe you know someone who would be a good fit for this job.

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6. Congratulations to Herbie Hancock on receiving a Life Time Achievement Award from  the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), the organization that gives the Grammy Awards, among other activities;

and to Henry Threadgill on receiving the Pulitzer prize for music.

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7. Passings
*Ethiopian saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya was a major figure in his native country, and collaborated with American musicians.

*Prince Nelson, while not a jazz musician, he did have connections in the jazz community, and as an outstanding musician, had their respect. Much has been written already about his career, so I will just say that it is sad to loose a such gifted musician at a still relatively young age.

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8. The Schedule

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3.  And if you don’t already, follow me @BoMuseMusic

*Fri, May 6, Manny Cepeda Orchestra, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San          Diego CA

*Sat, May 7, Manny Cepeda Orch. @ Gator By The Bay, Spanish Landing Park, San         Diego CA

*Thu, May 12, Jazz and Afro-Cuban Ensembles Concert, Cuyamaca College Perfroming         Arts Ctr., El Cajon CA

As always, thank you for supporting live music.

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BoMuse News, v15 n4

BoMuse News, vol. 15, no. 4

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BoMuse News is a monthly newsletter from BoMuse Music. It presents items of interest related to jazz, and advocacy for music education, as well as news of releases from BoMuse Music and the performing activities of Paul Combs. Questions and comments should be sent by visiting  “Contact” at Paul Combs’ Web-site.

Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/j477s3p

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Ernestine Anderson, vocalist,

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

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

*Sir George Martin, record producer

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

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8. The Schedule

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

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

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

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

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

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BoMuse News, v 15 n 3

BoMuse News, vol. 15, no. 3

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BoMuse News is a monthly newsletter from BoMuse Music. It presents items of interest related to jazz, and advocacy for music education, as well as news of releases from BoMuse Music and the performing activities of Paul Combs. Questions and comments should be sent by visiting  “Contact” at Paul Combs’ Web-site.

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

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

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

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2. Here are the Jazz Grammy Winners:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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6. The Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

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BoMuse News, v 15 n 2

BoMuse News, vol. 15, no. 2

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BoMuse News is a monthly newsletter from BoMuse Music. It presents items of interest related to jazz, and advocacy for music education, as well as news of releases from BoMuse Music and the performing activities of Paul Combs. Questions and comments should be sent by visiting  “Contact” at Paul Combs’ Web-site.

Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well, we just have to stay on it…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7. The Schedule

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

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

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

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BoMuse News, v 15, n 1

BoMuse News, vol. 14, no. 12 / vol. 15, 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. Season’s Greetings
2. Jazz at Chit Chat in Limbo
3. 2016 Grammys
4. SoCal Jazz Society
5. Congratulations
6. Passings
7. The Schedule

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1. Well I have slipped so far behind that I might as well combine these two issues. First, I hope all of you had good Holidays, whatever you might celebrate. When I upgraded my Website I had thought to make the BoMuse News a blog, posted at the site. Now, might be a good time for me to make that change.

Happy New Year,

Paul

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2. It looks like the Jazz at Chit Chat series I started a dozen or so years ago at the Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill Massachusetts may be coming to an end. It was always a struggle. First was the location, not exactly a hot-bed of interest in jazz. Second was the fact that being on Sunday evenings it took place at the same time as at least two other jazz series in the same general Northeastern Mass/Southeastern New Hampshire area. Third, especially in the fall, was competition with sporting contests, especially football.  We have been told that the series is “on hiatus.” Negotiations regarding the series are on-going.

I want to thank all those who supported the series all these years, both audience and musicians, as well as the several excellent bartenders we had over the years, and the original owners of the Chit Chat. While it is possible that the series will resume after the Super Bowl, we will have to wait and see, and hope for the best. While I could go on to rant about the state of live music, and those that my friend Rocky Rockwood calls “clubonahs,” I prefer to keep a positive attitude. Perhaps there will be good news about the Jazz At series in the future.

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3. I am afraid I was MIA in this year’s voting for the Grammy nominations. While dealing with the many details around my move to the West Coast, I neglected to change the address on my NARAS profile, and by the time the ballots were forwarded to me there was not enough time to listen to all the nominees and vote. Here, in place of my own reflections, is a brief article from the Los Angeles Times, my new go-to newspaper. As Joe Lovano said to me one year when he won one of the awards, “it’s a crazy scene.”

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4. I have been gushing on to my friends about how wonderful it is that I have stepped into a very full and rewarding life here on the Left Coast. I will report on this happy situation over the next few issues, and spare you my gushing. One of the many bright spots is the invitation I received to join the Board of the SoCal Jazz Society, a fairly new organization dedicated to educating public school children about not only the joy of jazz, but its place in American history and society. While we have programs in only a few schools at this time, we are hard at work looking for the funding to expand our programs to as many of the San Diego Unified School District schools as possible.

For those of you in the San Diego area, we will be having a fundraising party 7:00 pm, Thursday, January 28 at Shooters Bar & Grille, in the Sheraton La Jolla, at 3299 Holiday Court, La Jolla. The event will be hosted by John Cain and Katy Cat, as part of their regular Thursday evening performance, and there will be several guest performers as well. It will also be chance to meet SoCal Jazz Society board members and teachers.

We also have an online fundraising effort at FundRazr. Unfortunately this one went out rather quietly at the beginning of December and got lost in the Holiday shuffle. I am as much to blame for this as anyone else. However, one can still contribute, and every dollar counts towards expanding our program to more schools.

In line with these efforts I was presented with an opportunity to work with young musicians in one of the San Diego High schools. Through my long-time friend Claudia Russell of KSDS, our 24/7 jazz radio station, I met Burton Grant who is the band teacher at Lincoln HS. He invited me to come coach his wind students when I can. I gave them a talk on embouchure and breathing, and will return periodically in the New Year. Here are the choir students and their accompanists at the Holiday concert. The band also performed, and I will have more on these young musicians in future issues.LincolnHS121715

 

 

 

 

 

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5. Congratulations to saxophonist, composer/arranger, and educator Bob Mintzer on being appointed Director of the WDR big Band of Koln (Cologne), Germany. WDR is the West German Radio station, and in Germany the government sponsored radio stations take  culture very seriously. In the words of the Bach Cantatas Web-site “The WDR Big Band Cologne serves as a group of musical ambassadors, promoting culture to audiences around the world by performing jazz and jazz-related music. Grammy awards in 2006 and 2007 and numerous Grammy nominations over the years reflect the band’s international acclaim, which continually evolves and strengthens.”

Congratulations as well to composer and arranger Vince Mendoza. Mr. Mendoza has a long standing relationship with the WDR Big Band, and has been appointed Composer-In-Residence. Here is the press release from PRNewswire.

Congratulations go out to N.C. Heikin on the release of her documentary The Sound of Redemption on saxophonist Frank Morgan. It has been shown in New York and Los Angeles so far, and may be coming your way.

Congratulations also go out to jazz broadcaster Larry Reni Thomas on receiving the Meade Legacy award from the African-American Jazz Caucus. The award will be given at the Jazz Education Network Conference in Louisville. I will be attending and will have more to say in the next issue.

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6. In this space I usually try to honor musicians and others of the jazz community at large who have died recently. Being pressed for time I am going to take advantage of the obituaries published by the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt. As I have mentioned in the past, this is a terrific source of jazz news. If I remember correctly, either someone subscribed me, or the Jazzinstitute folks found me, probably as a result of the release of the Dameron book. In any event, I believe you can subscribe by contacting <jazz@jazzinstitut.de>. Here are the obituaries from the most recent Jazzinstitut newsletters:

“We learned of the passing of the pianist Norman Kubrin at the age of 73 ( Palm Beach Daily News), the trombonist Howard Jones at the age of 79 ( Clarion-Ledger), the trombonist Rick Davies ( Burlington Free Press), the drummer Rusty Jones at the age of 73 ( Chicago Tribune), the Swedish pianist and organist Kjell Öhman at the age of 72 ( Sveriges Radio – it’s in Swedish, but if you work through it you will see his jazz credits), the trombonist Don Doane at the age of 83 ( Bangor Daily News), the German vibraphonist Manfred Burzlaff at the age of 83 ( Der Tagesspiegel – in German, but you can see who he played with), and the Austrian free-jazz trumpeter Sepp Mitterbauer at the age of 69 ( Die Presse ).”

To these I will add bassoonist Daniel Smith, and pianist Sam Dockery, who passed on Christmas Eve. He was best known for his work with Art Blakey in the 1950s, but remained active in the Philadelphia area into the 1990s and taught at the University of the Arts. Here are a couple of YouTube videos featuring Sam, one from 1999, and one from 1962.

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7. The Schedule

While I am still getting settled here, I have no scheduled gigs to list for myself, although some things do come up at the last minute. In a couple of months I will go back East for a visit and I have a couple booked then. Jazz at Wherever is on hiatus, but there is lots of jazz to be heard. If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.org. If you are on Twitter follow the very hip Ms. Donna M @ElemantsOfJazz who regularly posts live jazz listings from various locations. And if you don’t already, follow me @BoMuseMusic

* Thu, Jan 28, 7:00 PM SoCal Jazz Society Meet & Greet Fundraiser featuring John Cain and Katy Cat with many guest artists, Shooters Bar & Grille, in the Sheraton La Jolla, at 3299 Holiday Court, La Jolla, CA

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

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Dameronia on All Things Considered

This just in from Tom Vitale:

My Tadd Dameron story ran nationally on NPR’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED  Saturday, March 9th.  The program comes out of Washington DC between 5 and 6 PM– my story will most likely end the show at 5:50PM.   If you missed it, itis posted at http://www.npr.org/, where anyone can download here.
THANKS!
Best,
Tom
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Tom Reney on Tadd Dameron and my book

Tom Reney celebrated Tadd’s birthday, February 21 on his radio show and blogged about him for New England Public Radio.

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