BoMuse News, v15 n4

BoMuse News, vol. 15, no. 4

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. 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

*John Chilton, historian and trumpeter;

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

*Ernestine Anderson, vocalist,

*Gato Barbieri, saxophonist.

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.

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.

*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

*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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