BoMuse News, August 2021

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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. Questions and comments should be sent by visiting  “Contact” at Paul Combs’ Web-site.  

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1. Viaje a España and Jazzaldia

2. Save The Music Foundation 

3. Jazz Awards

4. Gigs


l-r Franco D’Andrea, Frederica Michisanti, Dave Douglas, Dan Weiss

1. I will be posting a long piece on the Jazzaldia Festival, and my trip to Spain in the next few days. If all goes according to plan, there will be a shorter report, just about the Festival, at All About Jazz, and a longer one on my Website covering the whole trip, as well as an interview with‘s Dave Drexler. I’ll send out an Extra with the links. For now I will just say that the Festival, even in less than its usual expanse, due to the pandemic, was marvelous. For reasons that I will explain in the longer piece, I was not able to attend all of the concerts I would have liked – and one never does at a big festival – I enjoyed all of it, and had the opportunity to hear many musicians I likely never would have otherwise. 

My travels took me through Pais Vasco, and for a couple of days the city of Barcelona. I went to four museums, took two rides on funicular trains to see wonderful sights, and traveled by car through the Basque countryside. I even had a ride on a European high-speed train. It was a marvelous two weeks. 

San Sebastián, Pais Vasco, Spain


2. Before I left for Spain, my friend Allyssa Jones sent me some information about a very interesting organization. Included in this, according to my notes, was a job offering which I was going to pass along. Unfortunately, I cannot find the rest of the thread of our conversation, and suspect that the deadline for application may have passed anyway. All of this is to apologize to Allyssa and any one who might have benefitted from the information. 

That being said, the organization is Save The Music Foundation, which supports music education in public schools through grants of support and advocacy. Among the many school systems they have helped are Vista, CA, Unified School District, and Somerville, MA, Public Schools. These will be recognized by readers on either or both coasts. I plan to support this organization, and encourage you to look into it, and consider doing likewise.


3. I missed passing along the Jazz category winners of  the CBC-Radio Canada’s Juno Awards. There is a strong jazz community just north of us, about whom we hear very little in the United States. This largely because getting work visas to perform here is difficult, to put it mildly, and discouraging would probably be more to the point. In addition, because Canada is both part of the British Commonwealth, and has very good relations with the European Union, there are other performing opportunities available to Canadian jazz musicians. You can read about the winners and the nominees here. 

Recently there was a posting on one of the several streams of information that I try to keep up with about the 2021 NEA Jazz Masters. Somehow I missed this last October when the honorees were announced. And missed again in April the announcement of the concert honoring them at SFJAZZ. In an effort to make up for that here is information on the 2021 Jazz Masters: drummers Terry Lynn Carrington and Albert “Tootie” Heath; saxpphonist and composer Henry Threadgill; and historian and broadcaster Phil Shapp.   

Over in the United Kingdom – another jazz community we Yanks generally know little about – there are the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. The awards have yet to be given, but here is news of the nominees. 


4. Gigs

I am back with bassist Dene Davidson, and guitarist Joey Carano on Wednesday afternoons, 2:30 – 4:30, at the Carlsbad Village Faire, located on Carlsbad Blvd. (U.S. 101) between Carlsbad Village Dr., and Grand Ave., in Carlsbad, CA, of course. It is a lovely place to visit, with a courtyard suitable for children to play in, and several shops and restaurants to visit. I’m starting to book the Fall, and will have more on those dates next month. 


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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