BoMuse News, vol. 18, no. 12
Best Wishes for the Holidays and New Year
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.
1. Year End Reflections
2. This Month’s Video
3. Bird’s Last Horn
1. While Thanksgiving is behind us, I think any time is a good time to give thanks. So, I would like to thank you, dear reader, for your interest and support. The music business, and Jazz in particular, is a challenging avocation. With the release of Unknown Dameron, I had hoped getting bookings would be easier, especially with the good critical response. Unfortunately, this has only given me a marginal “leg up,” as it were. This makes your interest and support all the more precious. This is not to say there have been no bookings out of town. There are a couple at this point, coming in 2020, and I will mention those as they come up.
It has been an exciting year, with the release of the CD, and the afore mentioned good response from several jazz journalists. My thanks go out to all who came to hear the three different performances celebrating the release, and of course, the musicians who joined me on the CD and in the concerts. I want also to repeat something I wrote a couple of issues back. If you purchased a CD from me early on, please note that due to an error in proofreading the notes, one of the musicians was left off the credits. The drummer who played on the three track marked ‘A’, the jazz live concert, was Charles Ruggiero. Again my apologies to Charles, and to any of you who may have notes without his name listed.
2. I am continuing to add performances from the February 2013 concert at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts featuring the music of Tadd Dameron, and some readings from my book Demeronia – the Life and Music of Tadd Dameron. The band was a quintet that I had organized with the hope of extending my work this important American composer. This month’s addition presents “A Bebop Carroll,” one of Tadd’s compositions from the late 1940s, when he was leading and recording with a series of small bands. Dameron’s recordings from this period were very influential, having inspired composers who would come to the fore in the 1950s, such as Frank Foster, Benny Golson, Gigi Gryce, and Horace Silver.
If you like YouTube, and haven’t done so already, please subscribe to my channel, Paul Combs – BoMuse (for some reason, it is easier to find by searching for ‘Paul Combs jazz’), and ‘like’ the videos as you fee appropriate. This is a big help, and I thank you for it.
3. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, has recently acquired Charlie Parker’s King Super 20 alto saxophone, his primary instrument in the final years of his life. The Smithsonian Website has a nice article about this by Allison Keyes. There are various instruments of great musicians in various museums and institutes, and being in their presence is indeed something special. I remember seeing the tenor saxes of Lester Young and Don Byas on exhibit at the Institute of Jazz Studies, in Newark, NJ, along with one of Miles Davis’s trumpets. while from a distance, they would seem to be just instruments, the experience of standing next to them knowing who played them, and having memories of the music they played, is indescribable.
Weather permitting, I’ll be playing as usual with Dene Davidson in the courtyard of Carlsbad Village Faire on Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30, including Christmas Day and NewYear’s Day, as I understand it. Dene and I, possibly with Joey Carano as well, will be at the Witch Creek Winery, Saturday December 14, from 2:00-5:00. I’ll be at the La Mesa Wine Works with Adam Wolff on Sunday, December 20, 1:30-4:30. Click on the links for the details or go to the Events page at my Website. Carlsbad Village Faire is located between Carlsbad Village Dr. and Grand St. at Carlsbad Blvd., in Carlsbad CA, of course.
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!