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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.

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

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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

BoMuse News, September 2019

BoMuse News, vol. 18, no. 9

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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, and now at All About Jazz.

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1. CD Celebrations
2. Jazz Week Summit
3. “New” John Coltrane Recordings
4. Professional Development for Teachers
5. This Month’s Video
6. Gigs

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1. First, thank you to all who came to the duo concert with Lynn Willard at The Studio Door, in Hillcrest, and our first Unknown Dameron CD Celebration at the 950 Lounge of the Handlery Hotel, featuring pianist Melonie Grinnell, bassist Rob Thorsen, and drummer Richard Sellers. This rhythm section played on some of the tracks, and it was great to be able to play with them again. As of this writing, Unknown Dameron has been in the top 50 on the Jazz Week radio chart (#37 as of this writing), and has been generally well received. So far there have been favorable reviews in various online publications, both here in the US and in Europe. Today I received the latest issue of the San Diego Troubadour which has a nice review. The others were at the online magazine sites Jazz DaGama, both a review and an extended interview with me, France’s Culture Jazz, Mark Meyers’ Jazz Wax, and Jazz Weekly. Likely there will be more after Labor Day. The next Celebration concert will be at Dizzy’s on Friday, October 11, with trumpeter Derek Cannon, pianist Kamau Kenyatta, bassist Rob Thorsen, and drummer Richard Sellers. More on that in the next issue.

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2. I have been attending the annual Jazz Week Summit for a dozen or more years now. In that time we have seen the concept of “jazz radio” expand from terrestrial radio broadcasting to include Internet programming of jazz music. While the musical recording industry has entered an extended period of disruption and change, we find that there is still a great deal of interest and support for the art form, inspire of the indifference of the larger music industry. The Summit continues to be a effective forum for navigating through all these changes. I’ll have more to say on all this in coming issues.

Even if you are only a jazz fan, and not professionally involved, you may find some of the articles at the Jazz Week site interesting.

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3. On June 24, 1964 John Coltrane went into Rudy van Gelder’s recording studio with his working band, the great “classic quartet” of himself, McCoy Tyner, Jimmie Garrison, and Elvin Jones, to record music for a Canadian film. For various reasons the complete recording was never released until just a few days ago, and it is a welcome addition to the documentation of this formidable set of musicians. You can read about it in Nate Chinen’s article at NPR Music.

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4. While I no longer sit on any of the committees of AERO SD, the Arts Education Resource Organization of San Diego, I do follow their activities. If you are a Teaching Artist working with K-12 schools, or know someone who is you may want to look into attending events hosted by Teaching Artist Institute of San Diego. If you are an elementary or secondary school teacher, or know someone who is, you will want to check out this posting from SIF Communications on the AERO Facebook Page.

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5. The third installment of the Chelmsford Center For The Arts concert is now up on my YouTube Channel. The tune in this video is “Conversation,” but it is in an arrangement different from the one on Unknown Dameron, and features my dear friend Jim Cameron on tenor sax. There is an introduction taken for a passage in my book on Tadd that provides context. Please go take a look, and if you use YouTube, subscribe to my channel, and click the bell. It will help a lot.

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6. Gigs

I addition to my weekly gigs with Dene Davidson, Wednesday afternoons 2:30 – 4:30, in the courtyard of Carlsbad Village Faire, at the corner of Carlsbad Village Dr. and Carlsbad Blvd.; and at the Witch Creek Winery, just around the corner from there at the corner of Carlsbad Blvd. and Grand Ave., I will be at the La Mesa Works with pianist Adam Wolfe, on Sunday, Sept. 29, 1:30-4:30. Details are at Events here at my Website.

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, June, 2019 EXTRA

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1. It’s Here!!
2. Tri-C Jazz Festival Talk Tent
3. New Video
4. Gigs

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1. Unknown Dameron, my CD of Rare and Never Recorded Works by Tadd Dameron is now available from Summit Records. I just ordered a CD from Summit last week. It takes about a week to arrive, and the site is very easy to use.

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2. Saturday, June 29 at 4:45 PM I will be giving a talk about Tadd Dameron at the Tri-C Jazz Festival in Cleveland, OH, Tadd’s birthplace and home town. The tent is located in Playhouse Square, along with most of the Festival. I will be giving context to the previous evening’s concert by the Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra and Dianne Reeves, in a location just a mile or two from the neighborhood where he grew up.

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3. I just posted a new video at my YouTube channel, Paul Combs –

Pocket Big Band, Chit Chat Lounge, Haverhill MA, 2002

BoMuse. It gives a brief history of the Pocket Big Band, which I started in 2001, and led util moving West in 2015. If you haven’t been to my channel before, please consider subscribing and clicking the notations bell. I have several more ready to go from a concert I gave in 2013 with the original Dameron Project Quintet that included Jim Cameron, Don Hemwall, Herman Hampton, and Stanley Swann. I’ll start putting them out at monthly intervals starting at the end of this month.

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4. Gigs
No changes, you can find everything at Events at my Web-site.

Events

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, at All About Jazz , and now on YouTube at Paul Combs – Bomuse

BoMuse News, May 2019, v18 n5

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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. Mission Trails Church Concerts
2. San Pasqual Wine Tasting Room
3. My You Tube channel
4. San Diego Music Students Distinguish Themselves in NYC
5. My Trip East
6. CD Update
7. Gigs

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1. A few issues ago I reported about the concerts that were being given in the lovely little auditorium at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center. These concerts, organized by a volunteer group, were presented twice a month, and because the Visitor Center felt they needed the facility for more of their own programs the series stopped at the end of the year.

Fortunately, the series has reemerged as the Second Sunday Community Concerts, which take place at Mission Trails Church, 4880 Zion Ave, San Diego, CA, which is easily accessible from either Mission George Rd., or Waring Rd. The concerts are free, but a donation is requested, and all the proceeds go to the musicians.

This month’s concert, Sunday May 12 at 3:00, will feature Melonie Ginnell and me. We will be playing a variety of tunes from the American Song Book and the pens of great jazz composers, including Tadd Dameron, of course.

We are delighted to have been invited to give this recital, and on behalf of all of us local musicians, we thank these good folks for making these recitals possible.

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2. Last month I played with Dave Castel Del Oro at the San Pasqual Tasting Room and Gallery, on La Mesa Boulevard In La Mesa. It is a small intimate room, great for listening and performing, and I am looking forward to playing there again. They have live music, in a variety of styles, Saturday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. It’s located right off the Spring street exit on the 8, and the Orange Line stops at La Mesa Boulevard. I recommend it highly. There are some nice restaurants in ‘the village’ as well. You can see who is playing there on their Website under ‘events’. Dave and I will be there again on Saturday May 11.

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3. The Paul Combs YouTube Channel is up and running. To make me stand out from the other Paul Combses on You Tube I am now ‘Paul Combs – BoMuse.’ Right now there is just one video, an introduction to the channel, but soon there will be a short history of my Pocket Big Band, which is still swinging under the direction of my friend Mike Jacobs. There will also be a two or three part video based on the talk I just gave at the Institute Of Jazz Studies (see article 5), and as I have the time to make them, the first of my short lessons. If you like going to You Tube please visit my channel, click the like button and subscribe. It will help me get this up and running, and I hope you will find the content interesting.

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4. On the flight to Newark, NJ, I met a parent of a student at Mira Mesa High School, accompanying students from Mira Mesa High School. Both the symphony orchestra and the wind ensemble were on their way to take part in the New York International Music Festival at Carnegie Hall. It took place on April 16, so this item from Channel 7, San Diego was written before the fact, but it will give you some background information.

May 9-11 are the dates for the 24th Annual Essentially Ellington Festival of high school jazz big bands, held at Lincoln Center, in New York. For the second time in three years the band’s director, Dr. John Reynolds, will bring his students to this festival. This band is one of only fifteen from across the United States to make the cut. As I reported in February, I got to hear this band give a beautiful performance at the Jazz Education Network Conference in January, at 9:00 in the morning with half of them sick with colds, no less.

We can be very proud of our young musicians in San Diego, and their dedicated teachers. While our state has a long way to go yet in really restoring proper support for arts education in our public schools, it is encouraging to see these achievements.

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5. My journey started in New Jersey with a visit to my son, and a couple of days of research, and catching up with old friends at the Institute of Jazz Studies, at Rutgers University’s Newark campus. I always enjoy research, it brings out the closet detective in me, and the results of this particular research will be the subject of one of the episodes of the video mentioned above. It will also be posted to the University of Michigan Press blog, and on my Website, probably some time in June. The talk was well received, and in addition to my IJS friends, Vincent Pelote, Tad Hershorn, and Elizabeth Surles, the audience included author Noal Cohen, who along with Michael Fitzgerald, wrote Rat Race Blues, the biography of saxophonist, composer and educator Gigi Gryce. Their book provided me with some of the information for mine on Tadd Dameron. The talk, and the research were about Dameron, of course. I just can’t seem to get away from him, but it is gratifying to see the positive response I have been getting for my efforts.

Next it was off to Boston, and environs. As soon as I arrived my old friend guitarist Mark Michaels and I had a gig at Savinos, a lovely Italian restaurant in Belmont, MA. The next night I took part in Bob Franke’s Meditations on Good Friday, which I have taken part in every time it has been performed since 1980. Next year is our 40th anniversary. As always it was a moving experience.

The next several days were taken up with visiting as many friends as time allowed, including a jam session at the Press Room in Portsmouth, NH, where I had played many times, starting as far back as 1979. The Press Room has been extensively renovated, and it is gorgeous. I also made another jam session in Cambridge at the Cantab Lounge, which also brought back memories. The trip finished off with a gig at The Tap Brewing Co. in Haverhill, MA. A kind of home coming for me, since Jazz at the Tap is the continuation of the Sunday evening jazz performances I started at the Chit Chat Lounge, which was just across the street from The Tap Brewing Co. I was reunited with trumpeter Bill Cable, guitarist Hank Wiktorowicz, bassist John Doherty, and drummer Jody Bregler, all of whom have been partners in past musical adventures. We also had several other musical friends sit in in the last set. I am eternally grateful to John Doherty and Kevin McDermott in particular, for taking over the Jazz At series after I left, and making it ever better than it was before. Also to Mike Jacobs for taking over leadership of the Pocket Big Band, the existence of which was the original rationale for the Jazz At Chit Chat series.

All in all a great trip, with even some prospects for more performances when I return next year. It was wonderful to catch up with all these old friends, and equally fine to be back again in my new home. I am truly a very fortunate guy.

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6. After I finish posting this, I will proof read the booklet, and all the components of the CD will be in place. It will be released some time next month, as planned. In addition the promotional campaign began right after Easter. I was told that it sparked a lot of interest. Not being one to count chickens too early, I am watching for results cautiously, since there are many fine releases coming out all the time. We also have a short promotional video in the works which should be up very soon. As I think I have said before, I feel it is an honor to have this CD come out on Summit Records.

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7. Gigs
Again, Melonie Grinnell and I will give a concert at the Mission Trails Church, 4880 Zion Ave., San Diego, CA 91920, at 3:00 pm on May 12 (Happy Mother’s Day). The night before, in a less formal setting, Dave Castel Del Oro and I will be at the San Pasqual Tasting Room And Gallery, 8364 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa CA, 91942, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, Saturday May 11.

Of course, now that I am home I will be back with Dene Davidson on our Carlsbad gigs, Tuesdays at the Witch Creek Winery, Pacific Highway and Grand Ave., 6:00 – 9:00 pm, and around the corner in the courtyard of the Carlsbad Village Faire, with guitarist Joey Carano, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Finally, I’ll be back at La Mesa Wine Works, Sunday May 26, 1:30 – 4:30. By then the walkway from Spring Street should be open, so you can get there from the La Mesa Blvd. stop on the Orange Line, if you like. All these are listed at the Events page here on my Website, of course.

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 for Brookline  the Post Underground. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

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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. East Coast Tour
2. Unknown Dameron Progress
3. Vanessa Rubin’s Dameron CD
4. My YouTube Channel
5. Gigs

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1. I will be on the East Coast for the second half of April, giving a talk at the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS), doing some performing, as well as visiting family and friends. On Wednesday April 17, 7:00PM, I will give a talk on Tadd Dameron at the IJS, which will include some of my recent research. The IJS is located on the 4th floor of the Dana Library, at the Newark campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, located at 185 University Avenue, in Newark. After that it is off to the Boston Area to revisit Savinos Grill with my old friend guitarist Mark Michaels. On Good Friday I will join the ensemble for Bob Franke’s Good Friday Meditations, which we have been performing since 1980. How can I not be there? My visit ends with a return to Jazz At The Tap, the Sunday night series I started in Haverhill, MA across the street from its current location. Details are in the Events on my Web-site, and in the Gigs section of this newsletter.

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2. We are still on track for a June release of Unknown Dameron, my new CD on Summit Records. The tracks are all mixed and mastered, and as you can see we have the cover art. All that’s left is the booklet, and then we go into manufacturing. As I think I have said before, I feel it is an honor to have this CD come out on Summit.

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3. My friend Vanessa Rubin has released her long awaited CD of songs by Tadd Dameron. For this project Vanessa commissioned little big-band arrangements from writers who knew Tadd personally, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath, and Cleveland’s Willie “Face” Smith. There is also a lovely chart of “Never Been In Love” from Bobby Watson. Vanessa has also written lyrics for some of Tadd’s instrumental compositions including “The Dream is You,” from a big band project Tadd arranged for Milt Jackson. With Vanessa’s lyric it is titled “Reveries Do Come True.” The project got a nice write up in Down Beat magazine, and it is available from CD Baby and iTunes, the links are at Vanessa’s Website. I had the honor of writing the liner notes.

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4. While I have known for some time that video has become a marketing necessity in the 21st Century, I have had difficulty getting a handle on it. After a couple of tries over the last decade, I am finally ready to start my own YouTube channel. If it isn’t up with an introductory video by the time you read this, it should be soon after. I hope to have at least this first little place holder up before I head East. Meanwhile, I have a professional videographer/editor/director friend of mine, John Brooks, working on a promotional video for the CD, which should be ready very soon. Maybe we can get that one up before I fly out, as well. If you will forgive the “Extra,” (I try to keep them to a minimum) I will announce the channel when it is viewable.

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5. Gigs

Thank you to those who came out to hear Dave Castel Del Oro and me at la Mesa Wine Works. Dave and I will be playing at the San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room and Gallery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa CA, on Saturday April 6 at 7:00 PM. It will be our first time there together. I continue to play with Dene Davidson on Tuesdays, 6:00 PM, at Witch Creek Winery, and Wednesdays around the corner from there in the courtyard of Carlsbad Village Faire, with the addition of guitarist Joey Carano, at 2:30 PM. Dene and Joey will carry on without me while I am gone, but I will be back on May 1. While I am away.

On the East Coast, there is my talk at the Institute of Jazz Studies, 7:00 PM, April 17 in Newark; a duo with Mark Michaels at Savinos Grill in Belmont, MA, 8:00 PM, April 18; Bob Franke’s Good Friday Cantata, 8:00 PM, April 19, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Marblehead, MA; and a Paul Combs Quintet at the Tap in Haverhill, MA, April 28, 6:30 PM. Addresses for all of these are listed in the Events section here at paulcombs.com.

If you are in Boston check the listings at Jazz Boston, visit the Facebook page for Jazz at the Tap, and the Seacoast Jazz Society Web site. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3. There are no house concerts to announce this month, but be sure to watch this sections for more in the future.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!

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BoMuse News, March 2019

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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. Grammy Awards for Jazz
  2. House Concerts
  3. Unknown Dameron CD
  4. Jazz in Temecula
  5. Gigs

1 Ah, it’s that time of the year again: the Grammys are awarded. I joined the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences so I could show support for our corner of the commercial music world. I have to admit that this year I did not vote. NARAS changed their system for voting, and I found that just trying to deal with the online rig-a-ma-roll was complicated and frustrating, and I had too many other things to do. In addition, I take my vote seriously, so the process takes a few evenings of listening carefully. With few exceptions, everything that makes it to the final round is of very high quality, and the choices are rarely easy. I will have to deal with the new system next year, and others told me of similar frustration with the new system, so we will hope for some improvements. That being said, here is the list of those who were nominated with the winners at the top of each category. Jazz is very much alive, and there is a lot of great music being made and recorded. Try to support as much of it as you can.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo:

  • DON’T FENCE ME IN – WINNER, John Daversa, soloist, Track from: American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music Of Freedom (John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists)
  • SOME OF THAT SUNSHINE, Regina Carter, soloist, Track from: Some Of That Sunshine (Karrin Allyson)
  • WE SEE,Fred Hersch, soloist (presumably from Live In Europe)
  • DE-DAH, Brad Mehldau, soloist, Track from: Seymour Reads The Constitution! (Brad Mehldau Trio)
  • CADENAS, Miguel Zenón, soloistTrack from: Yo Soy La Tradición (Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet)

Best Jazz Vocal Album:

  • THE WINDOW – WINNER, Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • MY MOOD IS YOU, Freddy Cole
  • THE QUESTIONS, Kurt Elling
  • THE SUBJECT TONIGHT IS LOVE, Kate McGarry, Keith Ganz, Gary Versace
  • IF YOU REALLY WANT, Raul Midón With The Metropole Orkest Conducted By Vince Mendoza

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:

  • EMANON – WINNER, The Wayne Shorter Quartet
  • DIAMOND CUT, Tia Fuller
  • LIVE IN EUROPE, Fred Hersch Trio
  • SEYMOUR READS THE CONSTITUTION!, Brad Mehldau Trio
  • STILL DREAMING, Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley & Brian Blade

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:

  • AMERICAN DREAMERS: VOICES OF HOPE, MUSIC OF FREEDOM – WINNER, John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists
  • ALL ABOUT THAT BASIE, The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By Scotty Barnhart
  • PRESENCE, Orrin Evans And The Captain Black Big Band
  • ALL CAN WORK, John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
  • BAREFOOT DANCES AND OTHER VISIONS, Jim McNeely & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album:

  • BACK TO THE SUNSET – WINNER, Dafnis Prieto Big Band
  • HEART OF BRAZIL, Eddie Daniels
  • WEST SIDE STORY REIMAGINED, Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
  • CINQUE, Elio Villafranca
  • YO SOY LA TRADICIÓN, Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet

2 I have mentioned the house concerts at Wolfe Gardens in the last two issues and that has led me to try to come up with a way to get the word out, without publicly posting the address. Recently I attended another house concert, this one featuring Joe Garrison’s Night People. I received another invitation from Joe just a few days ago, but I have not had time to discuss with him how I might properly share this with my readers. However, I can share this link to his Web-site where you can meet Joe and his music. I will be happy to share, discretely of course, any information about house concerts that you may be able to pass on to me.

That being said, Deborah Wolfe would like you to know about, “Another fantastic house concert at Wolfe Gardens, Friday March 15, with guest artists Lara Solnicki and Jeremy Siskind. Lara is a world-class jazz singer born in Toronto and now based in New York City; Jeremy is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer. Together, they are magical! Check them out at http://www.larasolnicki.com/news.html and http://www.jeremysiskind.com/.Suggested donation $20 per person. Light hors d’oevres and drinks will be served.”

If you would like to go, let me know and I will pass your contact on to Deborah. The last concert with bassist Sean Hickey, leading a band featuring guitarist, Louis Valenzuela, vibraphonist Matt Di Biase, and drummer Julien Cantelm, was a delight.


3 We should be able to meet the expected June release date of Unknown Dameron, which is now the official title. I have signed my contract with Summit Records, Eric Jackson of WGBH in Boston and I are preparing the notes, and we are almost ready to submit the mastered tracks. Summit sent me a draft of the cover art for my approval, and with the exception of a word here and there I am delighted with it. Summit’s art folks have done a beautiful job. As Darby Christensen, president of Summit Records likes to say “Onward!”


Ralph Peterson’s Blakey Jazz Messengers tribute band

4 I had heard about Jazz at the Merc in Temecula, CA not too long after I settled here, but it took a while for me to get up there for a concert. Its director, and a wonderful jazz singer in her own right, Sherry Williams, presents weekly shows on Thursdays, and at the end of January my friend Kamau Kenyatta was playing there with a quartet that included other friends, Justin Grinnell, Richard Sellers, and Curtis Taylor. I had to go. The Mercantile is a large building, or couple of buildings actually, that houses two theaters, one large and one small. Jazz at the Merc lives in the small theater, a charming and intimate performance space. Sherry also presents concerts on other days on occasion, and at the end of February a room full of us had the distinct pleasure of hearing the great drummer Ralph Peterson lead a sextet of former members of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers: Essiet Essiet (not in the picture above), Brian Lynch, Bill Pierce, Bobby Watson, and a younger pianist, whom Blakey surely would have hired, had he lived long enough, Zaccai Curtis. What a treat.

In addition to the Thursday evening shows, they will have their 8th annual Jazz Festival on Sunday, March 10.


5 With all the preparations for the CD release, I haven’t had much time to go hunt for gigs, so I am grateful to my friend Dene Davidson for keeping me busy. I will be playing with him every Tuesday evening 6:00-9:00 at the Witch Creek Winery, and every Wednesday afternoon 2:30-4:30 at the Carlsbad Village Faire. I’ll be at the La Mesa Wine Works with pianist David Castel Del Oro on Sunday, March 24, 1:30-4:30. addresses are in the Events page here at my Web-site, just click on the tab above.

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 this just in from a dear friend in Brookline, the Post Underground. In San Diego visit the Calendar section at Jazz88.3, and again Jazz At the Merc. Also just a reminder that the weekly jazz performances at the Handlery Hotel have moved to Sundays, 4:30 to 6:30. Fortunately, you can still hear some jazz at the Handlery, 950 Hotel Circle, San Diego CA, on Fridays, 5:00- 8:00, since my friend Adam Wolff will be at the piano there regularly, often with a guest or two.

As always, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC!