BoMuse News, June 2020

BoMuse News, vol. 19, no. 6

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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.

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1. More Cancellations
2. Return to Carlsbad
3. Pocket Big Band
4. This Month’s Video, Plus Bird Interview
5. Gigs

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1. It will probably come as no surprise that the gigs I had scheduled for the beginning of June, including my birthday jam session at La Mesa Wine Works, have been canceled. Once things become clearer we can start to play on Sundays at the La Mesa Wine Works. Dizzy’s, where I was going to give a concert of music by Jimmy Heath, is scheduled to resume concerts on June 21 with a Piano Summit. If is is still on I plan to go, with my mask on, of course. I have a couple that have not been canceled at the end of June and beginning of July. See Gigs for details.

For those of you who may receive the Jazz Near You mailings from All About Jazz, I apologize for not removing the recent bookings that have been canceled. I will try to do a better job of staying on top of the Internet programs going forward.

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2. I have been told that we – Dene Davidson, Joey Carano, and I – may return to playing outdoors at the Carlsbad Village Faire soon, although a date has not been set. We are delighted to have the enthusiasm and support of the management there, who indicated that they are eager for our return. I’ll send out an ‘extra’ when the date is set.

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3. For old time’s sake I put a photo of the Pocket Big Band at the top of this newsletter. It’s a little fuzzy but, from left to right: Wayne Mogel, trombone; Jimmy Pastore, trumpet; Paul Marcantonio (back), drums; Bobby Coviello (front), trumpet; your’s truly, alto & soprano sax; Jim Cameron, baritone sax; Mark Gheret, bass; Don Hemwall, piano; and Doug Leaffer, tenor sax. This was the lineup of the band that recorded our Sea Breeze Jazz CD, Live At Chit Chat. We are standing at the bar of the Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill, MA, our home base, and the location of the recording. Live At Chit Chat is out of print, but you can purchase a copy from me, by writing me at paul @ paulcombs.com (remove the spaces). The CDs are $15 post paid. There is a video about the band at my YouTube channel, Paul Combs – BoMuse.

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4. This month’s video is another from the 2013 concert at the Chelmsford Center For The Arts. We are playing On A Misty Night, on of the eight Dameron tunes that practically every jazz musician knows. It was composed in 1956 and recorded on Tadd’s Prestige lp Mating Call, which featured John Coltrane. As all of us who put video up on You Tube say: please, if you have not already, gives a ‘like’ and subscribe.

This just in on YouTube: a lost interview with Charlie Parker! It’s short but, as we like to say, “Bird Lives!”

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5. Gigs

I had a couple of shows booked in Berkeley and San Francisco. We will have to reschedule the one in Berkeley, and the plan now is for me to present a Dameron Day at Bird & Beckett Books, 653 Chenery St., San Francisco, on Saturday June 20. The store has been streaming music performances during the lock-down. Through out the day I will play DJ on the stream playing music by Dameron, and then in the evening I’ll give an illustrated talk about why he is so Important.

So far the gig at The Studio Door, 3867 Fourth Ave,San Diego, Thursday June 25 at 7:00; is still on for now. This was to be a duo with pianist Melonie Grinnell. Melonie has had to bow out out of concern for family members with health problems. Instead, if we can perform, I will be joined by guitarist Michael Till, and a bassist TBD. On Thursday, July 2, I have a quartet booking at The Merc, in Temecula. If it goes ahead, I will be joined by pianist Jeremy Siskind, bassist Rob Thorsen, and drummer Richard Sellers. We will be playing music of Tadd Dameron, and the plan is for the wonderful Sherry Williams join us in a few of Dameron’s songs. Given all the uncertainty about just how many people will be allowed in any given place, these may have to be rescheduled.

Since the Wednesday afternoon trio gig at Carlsbad Village Faire, 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlesbad, is outdoor, we hope to be back there soon, as I said above.

I’ll keep you posted in an ‘extra.’

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

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