BoMuse News, v15 n5

BoMuse News, vol. 15, no. 5

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. 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

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!

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 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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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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