BoMuse News, vol. 19, no. 2
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.
1. Jazz Grammy Awards
2. This Month’s Video
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
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.
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.
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.
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