BoMuse News, April 2021

BoMuse News, vol. 20, no. 4


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. Jazz Appreciation Month
2. A Gig!
3. Jazz Grammy Winners
4. Videos
5. Gigs


1. Happy Jazz Appreciation Month! Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) was initiated by the National Museum of American History, at the Smithsonian Institution, in 2001 “to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April.” This year the focus is on Women’s Impact and Contributions in Jazz. You can read more about it here. 


2. It’s not until the end of May, so I will have full details in the next issue, but The Nash is starting to host outdoor concerts, and I have been invited to give one of these concerts. They will begin in April, with a tribute concert to the late Chick Corea, in the garden of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, at 122 E. Culver street , in Phoenix. If I understand correctly, this is where our performance will take place on Friday, May 21. More on that in the next issue. 


3. Here, thanks to Russ Davis of  Modern Jazz Radio, are this years Grammy winers in the Jazz and related categories.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo, ALL BLUES, Chick Corea, soloist, Track from: Trilogy 2 (Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade)

Best Jazz Vocal Album, SECRETS ARE THE BEST STORIES, Kurt Elling Featuring Danilo Pérez

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, TRILOGY 2, Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, DATA LORDS, Maria Schneider Orchestra

Best Latin Jazz Album, FOUR QUESTIONS, Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Best Instrumental Composition, SPUTNIK, Maria Schneider, composer (Maria Schneider)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella, DONNA LEE, John Beasley, arranger (John Beasley)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals, HE WON’T HOLD YOU, Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Rapsody)


4. Well things got too busy in March for me to finish my video about what I learned from Lee Konitz, but I have gotten started on it. In the mean time I recommend the Jazz Video Guy on YouTube.  Also, I recently came across channels with videos of Yusef Lateef. Yusef has been a hero of mine since I was a teenager, not only as a musician but as a man. If you, too appreciate his body of work, you will like this.


5. We are still waiting for the live music scene to wake from its pandemic slumber. Some venues are starting to have solo acts, and there are rumblings about expanding to duos, so there may be some little gigs in the near future. As I reported last month, I will have them up at my Events page, and listed on the KSDS/Jazz88 Speakeasy, as well as All About Jazz’s Jazz Near You mailings. 


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