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BoMuse News, June 2020 EXTRA

BoMuse News, vol. 19, no. 6 EXTRA

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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.

Follow @BoMuseMusic  on Twitter, and Facebook, and now at All About Jazz.

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1. Cancelation Updates
2. Possible Gigs
3. New Videos

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1. Not surprisingly we have to postpone the concert at The Studio Door. We do have a new date, for The Studio Door, Thursday, November 19. The Dameron Day at Bird & Beckett books proved to be too complicated to pull off. The technology to make it work would have had to be brought in by a third party. This technician was willing to give it a try, and were I living in the San Francisco area, I would too. However, in the end I felt it was too much with the traveling involved. We plan to give the originally planed show when it becomes possible.

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2. The Thursday July 2 show at The Merc in Temecula has not been canceled yet, so we shall see. So Much is still up in the air at this point.

Our return to the Village Faire in Carlsbad is still possible, but there have been some complications there, not related to the virus. Stay tuned.

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3. I just added three new videos all titled Jazz At The Tap. The three tunes recorded are “While We’re Young,” “Weekend,” and “Ce Si Bon.” These videos were shot on Sunday, April 28, 2019, on my annual trip back East. Jazz At The Tap is the continuation of a Sunday evening jazz series I started back around the end of 2002, across the street from The Tap in Haverhill, MA at the Chit Chat Lounge. The recording of the second set that night was an experiment in creating a three camera shoot with stationary cameras. The band was a group of former band mates, all good friends. We had only a bit of rehearsal time before the show, so I give you my apologies for the loose performance and the somewhat primitive quality of the video. What I hope you will appreciate is the warm camaraderie of the evening. Jazz At The Tap is on hiatus as the venue is closed during the COVID19 crisis. We hope that it will resume after the crisis is over.

The three videos are:

Weekend

While We’re Young

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Ce Si Bon

The Tap is located at 100 Washington Street, Haverhill MA. There is a video about the Pocket Big Band with a bit of the story of Jazz At Chit Chat, elsewhere at my YouTube Chanel

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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.

Follow @BoMuseMusic  on Twitter, and Facebook, and now at All About Jazz.

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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.’

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BoMuse News, May 2020

BoMuse News, vol. 19, 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.

Follow @BoMuseMusic on Twitter, Facebook,  at All About Jazz, and now on YouTube

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1. Performance Update
2. Performances Via Internet
3. This Month’s Video
4. Jazz On The Radio

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1. Well, it looks like it will be a while before we get to perform for live audiences. The May 2 gig at The Nash has been postponed to a date that has yet to be determined. I had five booked for June which are now in doubt: June 7 at La Mesa Wine Works, June 13 at Dizzy’s, San Diego, June 19 at the Back Room in Berkeley, June 20 at Bird & Beckett, San Francisco, and June 25 at The Studio Door back here in San Diego. From what we are hearing in the news, these now seem unlikely, although I am still hoping. With all due concern for folks whose lives are at stake, I have to say this crisis really hurts all of us performing artists. No matter how sophisticated our technology, there is no substitute for performers and audience being in the same space.

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2. While I don’t plan any live performances via Internet at this time, various venues are posting recorded performances from their archives and even staging live performances. Some particularly tech-savvy performers are doing the same, as my friend Jeremy Siskind did last month. One of the venues is The Nash, where I was scheduled to perform this Saturday. They are showing videos of some of the best performances from their archive. Another is Bird & Beckett in San Francisco, which is even streaming live performances, when they can. No doubt, you can find others, either from a venue’s archives, or as scheduled live performances.

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3. With all the time staying at home I was able to finish the video based on the talk about Tadd Dameron I gave at the Institute of Jazz Studies last year. It took longer than I expected for a number of reasons, some of them technical – I am still new to video editing, a new skill that many musicians now have to embrace. However, most of the difficulty stemmed from the difference between speaking to an audience in real time, and a video production.

In the end, I broke it down to three segments, 1917-1943, 1944-1949, and 1949-1965. The complete talk went into a technical examination of Dameron’s composing methods, so this biography was a prologue for the purpose of giving context to the music that I was going to discuss. I have called it a Brief Biography, and I hope it will give you the general arc of his life, and a sense of how he fits into the ongoing story of jazz, and American music. If you have not done so already, please subscribe to my channel, Paul Combs – BoMuse. It helps to raise the visibility of the channel, which seems to be helpful in this digital age.

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4. While we cannot get out to hear live music, we still have jazz on the radio and internet. Several years ago, before I moved out here to California, I helped to create a platform for smart phones and touch pads that gives one many of the sources for jazz programming available on the Internet. Almost all radio stations stream on the Internet, and there are Internet only sources as well. The platform is called Jazz Bird, and it is available from either the App Store (Mac) or Google Play (Android). Of course, if you have a local terrestrial jazz station you will be listening to that. Which ever station or stations you are listening to, please, please, donate something to them, since they are almost without exception non-commercial, and listener supported.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC, once this crisis is over!

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BoMuse News April, 2020

BoMuse News, vol. 19, no. 4

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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. Surviving Shelter In Place
2.What is jazz anyway?
3. Bob Franke’s meditations
4. Jazz At the Tap
5. This Month’s Video
6. Gigs

Note: a friend sent me the cartoon included with this issue. We do not know who created it but if you should know, please tell me co I can credit it.

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1. For whatever it may be worth, here’s how I am coping with shelter-in-place. I am trying to keep my daily routine, stretching and doing a little free weight exercise when I get up, getting dressed, trying to remember to shave, practicing, working on up-coming concerts, and attending to various things that need my attention. I also try to reach out to a friend or two every day. I hope all of you are well, and weathering the crisis with a minimum of stress.

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2. Recently I watched an interview with Joe Henderson and John Scofield, in which they pondered a question that has faced jazz musicians for decades: what do we mean by “jazz”? In the early 20the Century, the music was known as ragtime and the word jazz referred to the dances one did to the music. In 1917 a band calling itself the Original Dixieland Jass Band (sic) released a record, and the name of the band would suggest that the music was beginning to take the name of the dances in general. Later, in the 1940s many of the musicians associated with the Bop movement did not refer to their music as jazz, feeling that that term referred to the earlier style. Duke Ellington preferred to avoid the word altogether in referring to his music. Later, in the mid 1960s, John Coltrane opined that he did not think the music he was making could still be called jazz.

Indeed, among folks who identify as jazz fans, one can find considerable diversity of opinion as to what they like to listen to, and consider to be jazz. Back in the 1980s I worked with a variety of musicians. At one point I had a band with a more “groove oriented” book, and was met with disappointment from listeners who were used to me playing in a more “straight ahead” style. In a lecture I used to give at libraries and arts centers to introduce new audiences to all this music we call jazz, I said it was like a big house, with lots of rooms, and porches, and even some tents set up in the back yard. I guess the best we can do for a definition is to say jazz is music that can trace its roots, however far back, to ragtime, and what grew out of it.

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3. So, you may ask, why did I start this month’s issue with such a question? Well, we musicians are often interested in, and take part in idioms other than whichever one we are commonly associated with. As in past years at this time, I planned to go back East to visit family and friends and play a couple of gigs, including one that I have been part of for forty years. This is the Good Friday Cantata created by my old friend Bob Franke. Bob is a songwriter best known in the folk music community. I created my parts in the first couple of years, and they have become part of the work as a whole. They are not written down anywhere, and indeed include a couple of improvised solos. If I were not there, someone would have to invent something else to take their place, which would be acceptable, since what I do is at the service of Bob’s overall concept. Still, it touches on the question of whether we should attach any great importance to the names given to styles of music or not; a question that we may never find an answer to.

Unfortunately, due to the concerns about the COVID19 epidemic, this year’s performance has been canceled. Since it is only performed on Good Friday, it cannot be postponed to another date. A recording of the work is in progress, and I’ll have more on that as it develops.

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4. Since the COVID19 situation has become a global crisis, everything else I had planned for my annual trip East has been canceled. One of those was a return, on April 5 to the Sunday evening jazz shows I started in Haverhill, MA in the early 2000s. Originally located at the Chit Chat Lounge – as described in my History of the Pocket Big band – the series has moved across the street to The Tap. The Tap has closed temporarily, and I hope once we are past this crisis, and you are in the area, you will go there and sample their brews made in-house, especially if you can be there on a Sunday evening, and catch one of the jazz shows. The other place I was going to play at was Savinos Grill. I played there on Thursday evenings for several years, and always join my buddy guitarist Mark Michaels for a return appearance when I am in the area. The food is extraordinary, and only moderately expensive. It is a wonderful place to go for a special night out. Jazz is there every Thursday.

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5. I had hoped to have a video on the life of Tadd Dameron ready for this month’s release, but production is held up due to a technical problem. Instead I have posted another segment from the 2013 concert at the Chelmsford Center For The Arts. Our bassist Herman Hampton made this arrangement of Tadd’s Soultrane. It was originally recorded on the Prestige lp Mating Call in 1956, with a quartet that featured John Coltrane, in whose honor Dameron wrote the tune. Jim Cameron and I are playing saxes; pianist Don Hemwall gets the solo, and Stanley Swann is behind the drum kit, unfortunately hidden behind the curtain because of the angel of the camera. The concert took place in February of 2013 at the Chelmsford, MA Center For The Arts.

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6. Gigs

Looking at the reports I have a sinking feeling about the next gig that has not yet been canceled: May 2 at The Nash in Phoenix AZ. The Nash Website says closed until further notice, and the COVID19 reports from Arizona are on the rise. If we should all be lucky enough to have the crisis subside enough by the end of April, I will let you know, but for now, everything is on hold.

Some folks have the technology to do live feed concerts. I am sorry to say that at this time it is not a likelihood for me. My friend Jeremy Siskind just did one last week from his home, and I recommend that you visit his site to sign up for news of his next online concert. I also received word of San Diego Symphony musicians doing the same. You can sign up for email notices from them. Of course, you can poke around the Internet to find live feed concerts from other likely sources, something I have to get around to. I’ll let you know of particular interesting ones in the next issue, as we may well need them by then. My friend Dr. Jazz, of Dr. Jazz Operations, got me thinking about trying to do something like this myself, so I’ll be putting on my thinking cap, and we’ll see what I come up with.

Be well, and as always, thank you for supporting live music in whatever way you can.

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BoMuse News, March 2020

BoMuse News, vol.19, no. 3

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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. Good News Ahead
2. Jazz at La Mesa Wine Works
3. This Month’s Video
4. Gigs

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1. This issue will be on the short side. As most of you, I have to get my tax stuff together, especially since I will be away at the beginning of April. The spring and summer are going to be full of musical adventures, which will be the focus of future issues. So, I invite you to watch for the following newsletters, and thank you for subscribing.

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2. If I recall correctly March marks my second anniversary of playing occasional Sundays at La Mesa Wine Works. The fine folks at Wyatt Oaks Winery and San Pasqual Winery, support musicians of various styles, and have committed to jazz, for the most part, on Sundays from 1:30 to 4:30. Their commitment has been steady regardless of the turn out. Sometimes, like last Sunday when the place was full for drummer Larry Friedman’s birthday, or a couple of weeks earlier, on Super Bowl Sunday, when there were only a couple of folks there. I was just there with pianist Adam Wolff, and drummer Larry Friedman. We warmed the place musically with a selection of standards, and jazz tunes, and I thank those of you who joined us. Even if you were not able to make it, remember that there is good music and fine wine there for your Sunday pleasure. Since it is in the afternoon, children are welcome, too, and they have a delicious locally made soda as well as the wine. La Mesa Wine Works is located at 8167 Center St., in La Mesa.

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3. This month’s video is another from the concert my original Dameron Project Quintet gave at the Chelmsford (MA) Center for the Arts to celebrate the publication of Dameronia – the Life and Music of Tadd Dameron. In this one I read selections form my book describing some of Tadd’s time in Paris; a rehearsal for the Paris International Jazz Festival, and a visit from British guitarist Ivor Maraints to Tadd’s hotel room.

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4. Gigs

As mentioned above:
* LaMesa Wine Works, with Adam Wolff, Sunday March 1, 1:30-4:30; 8167 Center St.
La Mesa CA.
Plus:
* Wednesdays, with Dene Davidson and Joey Carano at Carlsbad Village Faire, Carlsbad Village Dr. and Carlsbad Blvd. (Pacific Coast Highway), Carlsbad, CA.
* Dene and Paul at Witch Creek Winery, Sunday, March 29, 2:00-5:00, Carlsbad Blvd, and Grand Ave., Carlsbad, CA

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.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

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BoMuse News, February 2020

BoMuse News, vol. 19, no. 2

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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. Jazz Grammy Awards
2. This Month’s Video
3. Obituaries
4. Gigs

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1. At a jazz education conference several years ago I – and anyone else who qualified – was encouraged to join the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) so that we could increase the representation for jazz in the organization that awards the Grammys. Most years I do vote, although for various reasons I was not able to set aside the time needed to vote responsibly. You may have read or heard about the recent controversy over the awarding of the most visible of these awards. There is a summery of the controversy in Harper’s Bazaar. As a member of NARAS, I find this all troubling, but do not have enough personal knowledge to voice an opinion here.

That being said, here are the jazz awardees for 2019:

Best Improvised Jazz Solo – Sozinho – Randy Brecker, soloist
Track From: Rocks (Randy Brecker & NDR Big Band – The Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra With David Sanborn, Ada Rovatti & Wolfgang Haffner)

Best Jazz Vocal Album – 12 Little Spells Esperanza Spalding

Best Jazz Instrumental Album – Finding Gabriel Brad Mehldau

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album – The Omni-American Book Club Brian Lynch Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album – Antidote Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band

Here a couple more awards that you might find interesting:

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals – All Night Long, Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Jules Buckley, Take 6 & Metropole Orkest)

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) – Becoming, Michelle Obama

You can find the full list of the Grammys here.

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2. This month’s new video on my YouTube channel features “Dameronia,” another of the tunes recorded by Tadd’s small groups in the late 40s. “Dameronia” was on his first release as a leader in 1947, which were produced by Blue Note. It was one of those recordings that inspired Horace Silver, no doubt because of its sophisticated structure. It is in what we call AABA from, but the melody evolves over the harmonies supporting the ‘A’ sections, and of course there is an an introduction.

This is another of the selections from a concert at the Chelmsford (MA) Center for the Arts that included saxophonist Jim Cameron, pianist Don Hemwall, bassist Herman Hampton, and drummer Stanley Swann. The sound quality is not the best, since there was only one microphone, but this was a special concert and I had initially thought the video was lost. I hope you will enjoy it. As always with YouTube channels, please subscribe. It is not an inconvenience, and helps to make the cannel more visible.

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3. A couple of years ago I stopped running an obituary column in this newsletter. It was a lot to keep up with, and much of that news was available via other sources. However, I would like to acknowledge the lives and achievements of two musicians who left us this last month. The first is Jimmy Heath, whom I recently referred to as a quiet giant. I say that because he was not a house hold name jazz musician, but the quality of his work, both as a musician and an educator, was of the highest order, and his influence will be with us long after his departure. The Wikipedia entry, brief as it is, is a good place to start in learning about Dr. Heath, and of course there is his own Web-site, and the article on his Jazz Griot Award from the African American Jazz Caucus. (I’ll have more on the AAJC in a future newsletter.) Given his significance there are other articles out there that are worth reading.

Drummer and educator Bob Giulotti, was such a positive presence in the Boston area when I lived there, that it came as quite a shock to me when his death was announced, especially since he was a couple of years younger than I. I did not know him well, but we were on a gig together once, and it was a pleasure and a revelation to play with his support. Of course, I heard him on many occasions. As a teacher at Berklee, his influence is extensive.

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4. Gigs
Dene Davidson, Joey Carano and I continue to play at the Carlsbad Village Faire on Wednesday afternoons, with just a slight change in the time, 2:15-4:15, to give Joey time to get to his next gig. The courtyard is being renovated, but we will be up on the balcony near the Dentist’s office. We are grateful to the management for keeping us on Wednesday afternoons. Calrsbad Village faire is located at the intersection of Carlsbad Village Drive and Carlsbad Blvd. (Pacific Coast Highway).

On Sunday, February 9, pianist Kathy Shoemaker will join me at the La Mesa Wine Works. Jazz, and sometimes blues, on Sundays starts at 1:30, and we who play there have had an opportunity to establish a jazz scene there with the support of La Mesa Wine Works. It is a lovey place to catch some music on a Sunday afternoon, and if you find it too early for wine, they also have a delicious locally made soda. Children are welcome in the afternoon as well.

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.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

Follow @BoMuseMusic <https://twitter.com/BoMuseMusic> on Twitter, Facebook,  at All About Jazz, and now on YouTube.

BoMuse News Jan. 2020

BoMuse News, vol. 19, no. 1

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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.

Follow @BoMuseMusic <https://twitter.com/BoMuseMusic> on Twitter, Facebook,  at All About Jazz, and now on YouTube.

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1. Scott Yanow’s Top 25 CDs for 2019
2. 2020 Events
3. Phoenix
4. JEN Conference
5. Gigs

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1. This Just in, Unknown Dameron made jazz journalist Scott Yanow’s 25 Best of 2019 list. Given the company here, the is quite an honor. As a sample Scott has chosen “Don’t Forget It,” a never before recorded Dameron gem from the early 40s. Once again I must inform you that the drummer on this track is Charles Ruggiero. His name was left off the credits due to sloppy proof reading on my part. My sincere apologies to Charles and everyone.

Here is Scott’s introduction to the list: “2019 was another great year for recorded jazz. Here are the 25 new releases and 20 reissues/historic music CDs that made the biggest impression on me in 2019, listed in alphabetical order by artist. Every one of these recordings is well worth getting. There are hundreds of other worthy releases that could have made this list. No matter how much one tries to listen to every possible jazz recording, it is impossible to hear them all, but I’m doing my best!” – Scott Yanow

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2. Well, things are not quite as gloomy as I thought last month. The jazz business remains as challenging as ever, but looking ahead, I will be performing at various venues out of town in the spring. In April I will make my annual trip east, with at least a couple of gigs in the Boston Area. In May there is a date at The Nash, in Phoenix AZ. At the end of June, just before the official start of summer, I have two dates so far in the San Francisco area. And there is one more Spring date in the works that seems pretty sure. Locally, we continue with Wednesdays at the in Carlsbad, and the occasional Sunday at the La Mesa Wine Works. I do have some schemes in my head for some concerts, but we’ll have to see how they work out.

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3. Speaking of Phoenix, part of the reason this issue is coming out later than usual it a short trip I made there, to visit family and friends, and to coordinate with the musicians who will accompany me on the May 2 gig. While there I spent an afternoon at the wonderful Phoenix Art Museum. To my surprise the special exhibition was one that delighted the car-nut-child in me, a collection of classic and significant racing cars. Since I went there to see paintings, I also spent quality time with their collection of French Impressionist, and early Abstract Expressionist paintings, as well as some of the other exhibits.

The next day I went to the Musical Instrument Museum, a beautiful and fascinating place. I spent the day learning about all the variety of instruments of Europe. Even though you might think I would know these well, I still could not finish the whole exhibit.

If you are visiting Phoenix I recommend these museums highly, along with The Nash; and if you go to The Nash, especially on a Saturday night, stop for some refreshment down the street at Carley’s where bassist Max Beckman, who will be with me on May 2, hosts a late night jam session. I had a great time sitting in there, as well as at A Bite Of Italy up in Sun City earlier with my friends Bob and Margo McKeon.

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4. The next day after returning from Phoenix, I was off to New Orleans for the Jazz Education Network conference. I try to get to

Peggy Stern & PC

this conference every year, although I have missed a couple here and there. I am connected with a couple of related organizations which have meetings at the conference. Of course, there are always sessions of interest to me, as well sessions that have something for me to learn that I didn’t know that I needed to know. Then there is reconnecting with old friends, this year including pianist Peggy Stern, whom I had not seen since we graduated 6th grade, almost 62 years ago!

I had meetings with the African American Jazz Caucus, of which I have been a member for some 15 years or so. I’ll have more to sayabout this organization in another issue. And another with the

Rich Falco, Brent Banulis, & PC, NE Hall of Fame

New England Jazz Hall of Fame, which grew out of the New England Jazz Alliance. NEJA attempted to act as a network or jazz support organizations across New England. We didn’t succeed in this but did establish the Hall of Fame, and we are planning to induct new musicians. More on this as it develops. I also consulted with old friends and new, and caught up with others. All this kept me pretty busy, but there was time to hear some wonderful music.

If you are someone who likes to go to jazz festivals, and would like to support a very worthy cause, there is music to be heard all day long. Even if you are not professionally involved with music education, or performance, you can hear all sorts of jazz that you might not hear otherwise. Find out more here.

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5. Gigs

Weather and the renovations of the plaza where we usually play permitting, I’ll be playing as usual with Dene Davidson in the courtyard of Carlsbad Village Faire on Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30. Looking ahead a bit I’ll be at the La Mesa Wine Works accompanist TBD, Sunday February 9, 1:30-4:30. Click on the links for the details or go to the Events page at my Website. Carlsbad Village Faire is located between Carlsbad Village Dr. and Grand St. at Carlsbad Blvd., in Carlsbad CA, of course.

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.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

Follow @BoMuseMusic <https://twitter.com/BoMuseMusic> on Twitter, Facebook,  at All About Jazz, and now on YouTube.

BoMuse News, December 2019

BoMuse News, vol. 18, no. 12

Best Wishes for the Holidays and New Year

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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.

Follow @BoMuseMusic <https://twitter.com/BoMuseMusic> on Twitter, Facebook,  at All About Jazz, and now on YouTube.

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1. Year End Reflections
2. This Month’s Video
3. Bird’s Last Horn
4. Gigs

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1. While Thanksgiving is behind us, I think any time is a good time to give thanks. So, I would like to thank you, dear reader, for your interest and support. The music business, and Jazz in particular, is a challenging avocation. With the release of Unknown Dameron, I had hoped getting bookings would be easier, especially with the good critical response. Unfortunately, this has only given me a marginal “leg up,” as it were. This makes your interest and support all the more precious. This is not to say there have been no bookings out of town. There are a couple at this point, coming in 2020, and I will mention those as they come up.

It has been an exciting year, with the release of the CD, and the afore mentioned good response from several jazz journalists. My thanks go out to all who came to hear the three different performances celebrating the release, and of course, the musicians who joined me on the CD and in the concerts. I want also to repeat something I wrote a couple of issues back. If you purchased a CD from me early on, please note that due to an error in proofreading the notes, one of the musicians was left off the credits. The drummer who played on the three track marked ‘A’, the jazz live concert, was Charles Ruggiero. Again my apologies to Charles, and to any of you who may have notes without his name listed.

 

 

 

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2. I am continuing to add performances from the February 2013 concert at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts featuring the music of Tadd Dameron, and some readings from my book Demeronia – the Life and Music of Tadd Dameron. The band was a quintet that I had organized with the hope of extending my work this important American composer. This month’s addition presents “A Bebop Carroll,” one of Tadd’s compositions from the late 1940s, when he was leading and recording with a series of small bands. Dameron’s recordings from this period were very influential, having inspired composers who would come to the fore in the 1950s, such as Frank Foster, Benny Golson, Gigi Gryce, and Horace Silver.

If you like YouTube, and haven’t done so already, please subscribe to my channel, Paul Combs – BoMuse (for some reason, it is easier to find by searching for ‘Paul Combs jazz’), and ‘like’ the videos as you fee appropriate. This is a big help, and I thank you for it.

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3. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, has recently acquired Charlie Parker’s King Super 20 alto saxophone, his primary instrument in the final years of his life. The Smithsonian Website has a nice article about this by Allison Keyes. There are various instruments of great musicians in various museums and institutes, and being in their presence is indeed something special. I remember seeing the tenor saxes of Lester Young and Don Byas on exhibit at the Institute of Jazz Studies, in Newark, NJ, along with one of Miles Davis’s trumpets. while from a distance, they would seem to be just instruments, the experience of standing next to them knowing who played them, and having memories of the music they played, is indescribable.

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4. Gigs

Weather permitting, I’ll be playing as usual with Dene Davidson in the courtyard of Carlsbad Village Faire on Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30, including Christmas Day and NewYear’s Day, as I understand it. Dene and I, possibly with Joey Carano as well, will be at the Witch Creek Winery, Saturday December 14, from 2:00-5:00. I’ll be at the La Mesa Wine Works with Adam Wolff on Sunday, December 20, 1:30-4:30. Click on the links for the details or go to the Events page at my Website. Carlsbad Village Faire is located between Carlsbad Village Dr. and Grand St. at Carlsbad Blvd., in Carlsbad CA, of course.

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.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

Follow @BoMuseMusic <https://twitter.com/BoMuseMusic> on Twitter, Facebook,  at All About Jazz, and now on YouTube.

BoMuse News, Nov. 2019

BoMuse News, vol. 18, no.1

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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.

Follow @BoMuseMusic  on Twitter, and Facebook, All About Jazz,
and now at YouTube.

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1. House Concert
2. PC on the Internet
3. Jazz Radio
4. Arts Education Event
5. Gigs

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1. On Saturday, November 2, I will be joined but the excellent pianist Jeremy Siskind in a house concert at Wolfe Gardens, at which we will also be joined by our host Deborah Wolfe. I introduced Deb to several of Tadd Dameron’s songs and she picked out five and has been working on these ever since I invited her to join us several months ago. Jeremy Siskind is a remarkable pianist, not only for his technical skill, but for his melodic imagination. I have been looking forward to this opportunity to make music with him ever since I heard him last year in a couple of house concerts. As the third and final celebration of the release of Unknown Dameron, we will be exploring a number of Tadd’s tunes, both obscure and better-known.

Since this is a house concert in a private home, I will not publish the location, but if you are not on Deborah’s invite list already, please contact me at this email address, and I will get you on the list.

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2. I don’t know whether I am becoming more active on the Internet, or the Internet is trying to absorb me. I went to log in to Facebook on a computer in my house that I usually keep off line. It is the one dedicated to whiting music and editing video. For some reason that I cannot understand, Facebook did not recognize me on this computer, even though it does on all the other computers in the house, and goes through the same router. I am even using the same password to go on this computer! Anyway, it set me up with yet another professional page. I was going to remove this, but could not figure out how to do it, not the first time I have faced this problem. So, I will leave it up there and use it as a parallel to my main professional page. Maybe it will help to make me more visible.

This months addition to my YouTube channel is the fifth installment form the 2013 Chelmsford Center For The Arts concert. I apologize for the mediocre sound quality, it was recorded with just one camera placed to the side of the audience. However, these videos document my first Dameron Project Quintet, and while he is hidden behind the curtain rare footage of my friend and long time ally Stanley Swann. We lost Stanley 2 1/2 years later due to heart failure. This month’s tune is “Lady Bird.” If you haven’t done so already, please go to the channel and subscribe. It really helps. Soon there will also be the short lessons in music that I promised in the introductory video.

Last bit of Internet news is that there is now a page about me on Wikipedia. The photo that accompanies it is by San Diego photographer Larry Redman, who has been documenting the Jazz Live concerts. Larry’s books of photographs of jazz performers and landscapes are available from Amazon.

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3. A friend asked me about radio stations that broadcast jazz, after telling me of one he discovered on-line. I responded that I could think of several full-time jazz stations, beside our own KSDS/JAZZ88.org here in San Diego. Off the top of my head I mentioned, KCSM, KUVO, WBGO, WDNA, WGMC, and WICN, and there are a few others. Then there are stations that broadcast a significant number of hours of jazz weekly, and others that have a one or two shows a week. There are also Internet “stations” dedicated to jazz, and the jazz channels on satellite radio. For those of you interested in exploring the extent of jazz broadcasting I have added a partial list of stations here at my Web-site, based on the report I received of stations known to be playing my Unknown Dameron CD. I also recommend the phone, tablet, and I believe computer app JazzBird, the creation of which I facilitated. It is available in the Apple and Google app stores.

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4. If you know a dance teacher, please pass this on:

On November 14, 2019, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Malashock Dance & The Malashock Dance School will present “Our one-day professional development workshop for dance teachers. Dance in The Classroom, is aimed at the teacher that does it all! Dance teachers are often responsible for multiple curriculums, grade levels, and sites, and our carefully selected speakers will be covering invaluable information for today’s teaching artist on the go!”

“The workshop will take place at Dorothea Laub Dance Place, 2650 Truxtun Rd, Studio 200, San Diego, CA 92106. Tickets are $35 for the Workshop Use the confirmation code in your e-receipt for HALF OFF Khamla Somphanh’s Advanced Contemporary Horton Class that morning at 10 AM! Register Here.”

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5. Gigs
In addition to the Wolfe Gardens House Concert, I will be at the La Mesa Wine Works, 8167 Center Street in La Mesa, with Dave Castel del Oro at the piano. We play from 1:30-4:30. I continue to play with Dene Davidson and Joey Carano on Wednesday afternoons at the Carlsbad Village Faire, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, from 2:30-4:30. Dene and I will be around the corner from there at the Witch Creek Winery, on the corner of Carlsbad Blvd. and Grand on Saturday, November 23, 3:00-6:00. You can find these, with the exception of the house concert, listed at Events on my Web-site.

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.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

Follow @BoMuseMusic  on Twitter, and Facebook, All About Jazz,
and now at YouTube.

BoMuse News, October 2019

BoMuse News, vol.18, no. 10

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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.

Follow @BoMuseMusic  on Twitter, and FacebookAll About Jazz,  and now at Youtube

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1. CD Celebration at Dizzy’s
2. House Concert
3. Error in CD Notes
4. AERO Event
5. This Month’s Video
6. Gigs

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1. On Friday, October 11, I will be playing at Dizzy’s, which is now at the Musicians Union Hall, 1717 Morena Blvd., San Diego. The concert starts at 8:00, and joining me will be two of the musicians who recorded Unknown Dameron with me: trumpeter Derek Cannon, and bassist Rob Thorsen. and bassist Rob Thorsen. On piano we will be joined by Danny Green, and on drums we have Julien Cantelm, with whom I have wanted to work ever since we met at a couple of jam sessions around town. We will be celebrating the release of the Unknown Dameron CD by playing a couple of the tunes from the recording as well as other Dameron tunes, and a couple by musicians he influenced.

This is a very special concert for me. I do not have the opportunity to assemble a band of this quality very often. These superb musicians have honored the Dameron Project by joining me on the stage this evening, and I hope you can attend.

The admission at the door is $20.00.

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2. On Saturday, November 2, I will be joined but the excellent pianist Jeremy Siskind in a house concert at Wolfe Gardens, at which we will also be joined by our host Deborah Wolfe. I introduced Deb to several of Tadd Dameron’s songs and she picked out five and has been working on these ever since I invited her to join us several months ago. Jeremy Siskind is a remarkable pianist, not only for his technical skill, but for his melodic imagination. I have been looking forward to this opportunity to make music with him ever since I heard him last year in a couple of house concerts. As the third and final celebration of the release of Unknown Dameron, we will be exploring a number of Tadd’s tunes, both obscure and better-known.

Since this is a house concert in a private home, I will not publish the location, but if you are not on Deborah’s invite list already, please contact me at this email address, and I will get you on the list.

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3. First, my thanks to all who are playing my CD, Unknown Dameron, whether as broadcasters, or as music lovers personally. It has come to my attention that there is an unfortunate omission in the credits. Please note the following, that is missing from the booklet:

Charles Ruggiero (A): versatile veteran drummer with a long career in both jazz and pop music, Charles currently works in the Los Angeles area when he isn’t touring. https://ruggierodrums.com/bio.

This omission is particularly unfortunate since Charles is the first player heard at the beginning of the CD on the track “Conversation.”

My apologies to Charles, and to any of you who may have noticed and wondered who the drummer is on the (A) tracks.

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4. As I have reported before, even though I am no longer a committee member of AERO, the Arts Education Resource Organization of San Diego County, I do keep in touch and like to pass on news of events that would be of interest to folks engaged in arts education. On Friday October 11, at 5:30, Rising Arts Leaders, San Diego will host their annual Creative Conversations. This will be the same day as my concert at Dizzy’s so I will have to pass, but you could easily attend both events if you wish. Here is what RALSD has to say:

“RALSD Creative Conversations 2019: Perspectives on San Diego’s Arts and Culture Landscape Join Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego for our annual FREE 2019 Creative Conversations event and to explore this years focus “Perspectives on San Diego’s Arts and Culture Landscape”. This year Rising Arts Leaders have assembled a diverse panel of local arts and culture leaders including: Jonathon Glus (Executive Director, San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture), Tomoko Kuta (Deputy Museum Director, The New Children’s Museum) and Alessandra Moctezuma (Gallery Director and Professor, San Diego Mesa College). Each speaker will give a brief presentation, followed by a Q&A session. Make sure to RSVP on our Eventbrite page! Friday, October 11th, 2019 5:30pm to 8:30pm (check in at 5:30, program 6-8) Light refreshments will be provided.”

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5. This month’s video, being added to my Youtube channel, Paul Combs – BoMuse, is the fourth of a dozen from the Chelmsford (MA) Center for the Arts. The tune played is “Hot House,” and it includes readings from my book that give some context for Tadd’s relationship with Charlie Parker, who along with Dizzy Gillespie, were the first to record this classic of the period. It runs less than 10 minutes, and I hope you will have a chance to enjoy it. As always, please subscribe to the channel and click on the bell, if you have not already.

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6. Gigs

In addition to the gigs featured in this issue, I continue to play with Dene Davidson and Joey Carano on Wednesday afternoons at the Carlsbad Village Faire, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, from 2:30-4:30, with the exception of October 2, when we will play from 3:30-5:30. Dene and I will be around the corner from there at the Witch Creek Winery, on the corner of Carlsbad Blvd. and Grand on Saturday, October 5, 3:00-6:00. There will be a new schedule for that gig, which I will announce in an Extra. The Events Page at my Website is temporarily out of service, and will be up again soon, and will also be announced in the Extra.

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.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

Follow @BoMuseMusic  on Twitter, and FacebookAll About Jazz,  and now at Youtube