BoMuse News, May 2021

BoMuse News, vol. 20, no. 5

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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. Nash Under The Stars gig Rescheduled!

2. JJA Jazz Heroes Awards

3. Trip to Spain

4. Videos

5. Gigs

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1. As reported last month, I was to  be playing at The Nash Under The Stars, in Phoenix, AZ on Friday May 21. For various reasons this performance has been rescheduled to June 11, at The Nash itself, at 100 E. Roosevelt St., in Phoenix. Details have not been posted yet at their Website, and I will have them in the next issue.  My fellow musicians will be Jude Poorten, guitar; Max Beckman, bass; and Sam Russo, drums. I have had the opportunity to play with these fine musicians before, and I am really looking forward to this show. The theme of the program is Jazz In The Movies/The Movies In Jazz. I will be including program notes, so I don’t talk too much, and have as much time for the music as possible. It turns out that this is a timely topic, since Jon Batiste just won the Academy Award for best score for the music he wrote for the film Soul. 

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2. Every year the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) honors individuals from across the country with the title of Jazz Heroes for their efforts locally in support of Jazz. These folks are rarely known outside of their communities, but are very important to  the maintenance of the art form, and its connection to the communities in which they live. Somebody said “all jazz is local.” and while we all delight in the music made by the established stars of jazz, there would be no established stars without all the local musicians and those who support their work. Twenty-three of these supporters are honored this year, and you can find out more about these fine people by clicking on their photos here.

The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that supports the creation and dissemination of accurate, balanced, ethical and informative journalism on all of jazz’s genres and encourages the creative use of media to spur the growth, development and education of the audience for jazz. (Read JJA’s full statement here)

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3. Now that I have been fully vaccinated, I can go to Spain for the 56th Jazzaldia Festival in San Sebastian. I was supposed to go last year, but the pandemic prevented that. I will be going as a correspondent to my local jazz radio station, KSDS/jazz88.org, and All About Jazz. <allaboutjazz.com>. My plan is to make daily reports, both audio and written, and I will have more information on that as we get closer to the Festival, July 21-25. Because the world is not out of the woods yet regarding the virus, this years festival will only present Spanish and some other European musicians, but given the level of this festival over its more than half century of existence, I expect the music to be terrific. 

https://jazzaldia.eus/en/

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4. Again this month was too full of things that needed my attention. As anyone who has edited video will agree, it requires time and concentration. That being said the upcomimg events should yield som video for me to post. In the mean time I would like to share this little delight from Deutche Welle, German television, that my friend Bob McKeon shared with me. Bob also created the poster for the Nash gig (big thanks Bob).  Read the description first, then click on the video.

“A piano concert among animals: The pianist Thelonious Herrmann from Cologne came up with this unique idea. He decided to set up his piano in Cologne’s zoo in order to perform amnogst goats, monkeys, and giraffes. Both the pianist and the animals in the zoo miss having and audience. Many zoos have had to close due to the Corona pandemic. With this project, Thelonious wants to raise funds for Cologne Zoo. Usually, this young musician would be busy touring Europe with his piano. He has been to 18 countries with his project called “Stadtgeklimper.” The song for the animals in the zoo was composed by Thelonious himself. The sea lions in particular seem to have taken a liking to it!”

 

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5. Gigs

Well  The Nash Under The Stars , with Jude Poorten, Max Beckman, and Sam Russo in Phoenix, has been rescheduled, as covered in the first article. Other than that Dene Davidson and I will be at .

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