BoMuse News, March 2019

BoMuse News, vol. 18, no. 3

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. 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
  • STILL DREAMING, Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley & Brian Blade

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:

  • 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 and 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!