BoMuse News, November 2021

BoMuse News, vol. 20 no. 11


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. October Gigs Reflections

2. The Jazz Lounge

3. San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra Auditions

4. SD County Arts Education News

5. New Video

6. Gigs


1. October was an especially happy month for me, with two concerts for listening audiences. I want to thank everyone who attended these performances. First the October 8 show at Dizzy’s with Derek Cannon, trumpet, Thomas Meyer, piano, Angelica Pruitt, bass, and Koosha Hakimi, drums. We played music loved by, or written by jazz musicians that was used in the movies. 

Then at the end of the month, an evening of Music By Tadd Dameron at The Merc, with Melonie Grinnell, piano, Rob Thorsen, bass,

Rob Thorsen, Melonie Grinnell, PC, Richard Sellers

Richard Sellers, drums, and special guest Sherry Williams, voice. If you live in San Diego, it can be a bit of a hike up to Temecula, home of The Merc, but it is a very special venue, and well worth the trip.

The band for the Dizzy’s gig included a rhythm section of young players whom I hope to play with more in the coming months. At The Merc it was a delight to be reunited with one of the rhythm sections who played on the Unknown Dameron CD. Not only a delight, but an honor, since these are among the very best musicians in the region; and to have chance to play with the marvelous Sherry Williams, even for just one song, was a real treat. 


2. A cause for celebration! Vocalist, percussionist, and song writer Leonard Patton has opened a new venue here in San Diego, The Jazz Lounge, 6818 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego. Leonard tells us that, “The Jazz Lounge has been a lifelong dream. An intimate place to hear live music where the music is the focus. Where the music and the listeners are the heart and soul of the venue. A place where local, regional, and even national musicians can thrive. The Jazz Lounge is also a place where creative endeavors will come to life. The venue is located in San Diego near SDSU and just west of La Mesa.” 

“The Jazz Lounge is partnering with Terra American Bistro to provide excellent food for our concerts. All of our concerts are dinner concerts unless noted [otherwise] and food is included in the ticket.”

“All of our concerts unless noted are live streamed.”

I apologize for not getting this out sooner and missing notice of the first November show. There is a place on the site for the venue for you to sign up for email notices of upcoming shows. 

Here is a video of the Opening Night. 


3. This just in, courtesy of the Musicians Association of San Diego County, Local 325, AFofM:

The San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra has begun its 65th performance season and still has openings for strings, winds, and brass musicians to complement its seven ensembles. We are announcing an unprecedented second round of auditions on Saturday, December 11, 2021 to enable your top students to join the Spring semester of our nationally recognized orchestral training program. Click on the date for further information. 


4. While I no longer sit on any of the committees of AERO, the Arts Education Resource Organization of San Diego County, I do stay in touch. A couple of weeks ago I received this email news from Pauline Crooks, the VAPA Coordinator for the SD County Department of Education. Unfortunately some of the information is now out of date, but there is a lot here worth knowing about. If you are an arts teacher, or know one, or have a serious interest in arts education in our schools, please read and share this. 


5. I just uploaded a new video to my YouTube channel. In this video I play Tadd Dameron’s If You Could See Me Now solo. This performance comes from a concert celebrating the 100th birthday of Tadd Dameron, February 21, 2017. At this point the videographer had only the stationary camera, which was plugged in, while he needed to replace the battery in the hand held camera. Hence, the odd composition of the video. The concert was broadcast and recorded by radio station KSDS at the Saville Theater of the City College of San Diego, as part of its Jazz Live series.


6. Gigs

I continue to join bassist Dene Davidson and guitarist Joey Carano on Wednesday afternoons at the Carlsbad The Village Faire, located at Carlsbad Blvd (US 101) and Carlsbad Village Dr., in Carlsbad, CA. The time varies on the schedules of the players, but we start at either 2:30 or 3:30, depending. Lately, we have been joined by drummer Bob Weller, when his schedule permits. We always have a good time playing, and clearly folks like us, since we’ve been doing this for a few years now. I’m getting some bookings in December, more on those next month.

This just in: it looks like I’ll be playing bari in The Blast Big Band, on the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 21, at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave., Vista, CA . I don’t have all the information at the moment, and want to get this issue out (it’s late enough already). I will post the information under Events here at my Website when I have it. 

I’m getting some bookings in December, more on those next month.

In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3 and pick up a copy of the Troubadour. Be sure to visit the Athenaeum Website to stay on top of their jazz presentations, and again go to site of The Jazz Lounge, and sign up for the email list. Holly Hofmann is presenting a weekly series at the Westgate Hotel, unfortunately the hotel has not updated the Website with the November shows, but you can call for information, on those as well as Gilbert Castellanos’ Friday residency, and Rob Thorsen’s Sunday brunch.

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, the Post Underground in Brookline, and the listings for The Sahara, in Methuen. Of course, where ever you are go join All About Jazz so you can receive their Jazz Near You notices.

As always, Thank you for supporting live music.