BoMuse News, vol. 19, no. 1
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. Scott Yanow’s Top 25 CDs for 2019
2. 2020 Events
4. JEN Conference
1. This Just in, Unknown Dameron made jazz journalist Scott Yanow’s 25 Best of 2019 list. Given the company here, the is quite an honor. As a sample Scott has chosen “Don’t Forget It,” a never before recorded Dameron gem from the early 40s. Once again I must inform you that the drummer on this track is Charles Ruggiero. His name was left off the credits due to sloppy proof reading on my part. My sincere apologies to Charles and everyone.
Here is Scott’s introduction to the list: “2019 was another great year for recorded jazz. Here are the 25 new releases and 20 reissues/historic music CDs that made the biggest impression on me in 2019, listed in alphabetical order by artist. Every one of these recordings is well worth getting. There are hundreds of other worthy releases that could have made this list. No matter how much one tries to listen to every possible jazz recording, it is impossible to hear them all, but I’m doing my best!” – Scott Yanow
2. Well, things are not quite as gloomy as I thought last month. The jazz business remains as challenging as ever, but looking ahead, I will be performing at various venues out of town in the spring. In April I will make my annual trip east, with at least a couple of gigs in the Boston Area. In May there is a date at The Nash, in Phoenix AZ. At the end of June, just before the official start of summer, I have two dates so far in the San Francisco area. And there is one more Spring date in the works that seems pretty sure. Locally, we continue with Wednesdays at the in Carlsbad, and the occasional Sunday at the La Mesa Wine Works. I do have some schemes in my head for some concerts, but we’ll have to see how they work out.
3. Speaking of Phoenix, part of the reason this issue is coming out later than usual it a short trip I made there, to visit family and friends, and to coordinate with the musicians who will accompany me on the May 2 gig. While there I spent an afternoon at the wonderful Phoenix Art Museum. To my surprise the special exhibition was one that delighted the car-nut-child in me, a collection of classic and significant racing cars. Since I went there to see paintings, I also spent quality time with their collection of French Impressionist, and early Abstract Expressionist paintings, as well as some of the other exhibits.
The next day I went to the Musical Instrument Museum, a beautiful and fascinating place. I spent the day learning about all the variety of instruments of Europe. Even though you might think I would know these well, I still could not finish the whole exhibit.
If you are visiting Phoenix I recommend these museums highly, along with The Nash; and if you go to The Nash, especially on a Saturday night, stop for some refreshment down the street at Carley’s where bassist Max Beckman, who will be with me on May 2, hosts a late night jam session. I had a great time sitting in there, as well as at A Bite Of Italy up in Sun City earlier with my friends Bob and Margo McKeon.
4. The next day after returning from Phoenix, I was off to New Orleans for the Jazz Education Network conference. I try to get to
this conference every year, although I have missed a couple here and there. I am connected with a couple of related organizations which have meetings at the conference. Of course, there are always sessions of interest to me, as well sessions that have something for me to learn that I didn’t know that I needed to know. Then there is reconnecting with old friends, this year including pianist Peggy Stern, whom I had not seen since we graduated 6th grade, almost 62 years ago!
I had meetings with the African American Jazz Caucus, of which I have been a member for some 15 years or so. I’ll have more to sayabout this organization in another issue. And another with the
New England Jazz Hall of Fame, which grew out of the New England Jazz Alliance. NEJA attempted to act as a network or jazz support organizations across New England. We didn’t succeed in this but did establish the Hall of Fame, and we are planning to induct new musicians. More on this as it develops. I also consulted with old friends and new, and caught up with others. All this kept me pretty busy, but there was time to hear some wonderful music.
If you are someone who likes to go to jazz festivals, and would like to support a very worthy cause, there is music to be heard all day long. Even if you are not professionally involved with music education, or performance, you can hear all sorts of jazz that you might not hear otherwise. Find out more here.
Weather and the renovations of the plaza where we usually play permitting, I’ll be playing as usual with Dene Davidson in the courtyard of Carlsbad Village Faire on Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30. Looking ahead a bit I’ll be at the La Mesa Wine Works accompanist TBD, Sunday February 9, 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.
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