Trombonist Joe Ciavardone died last week. He was a veteran of many of the finest big bands of the post WWII Era, and a friend. If you knew Joe and would like to leave a comment in the online memorial guest book for him you can do so here.
I was asked by the editor of the magazine of AFM Local 802 in New York to write a remembrance of Joe. Since most of you reading this are not members of 802, I will repeat it here, with some minor changes.
I met Joe for the first time in the late 90s through a couple of mutual friends. I was working on my biography of Tadd Dameron, Joe had something he wanted to share with me. Continue reading Joe Ciavardone, Rest In Peace
The great drummer Jimmy Cobb will be Honored with the Donostiako Jazzaldia award at this year’s Donostiako Jazzaldia Festival de Jazz in San Sebastián, Spain. Jimmy Cobb should need no introduction here. His career as one of the great jazz drummers goes back to the 1950s, and continues today. Previous winners of this award include 21 other giants of jazz. The festival takes place for five days, July 19 – 23.
The following comes courtesy of Bob Seymour of WUSF/Tampa, FL. Again, apologies for not posting this in a timely manner, since the Festival mentioned her has past.
“Broadcasters who follow the jazz birthday calendar may have noticed that violinist Svend Asmussen turned 96 last week. We got together last weekend to enjoy a night of live music in Sarasota, where Svend and his wife Ellen have spent recent winters, and where Svend will be honored this Saturday night at the 32nd Sarasota Jazz Festival.”
“A very brief sketch: Svend shared the stage with Fats Waller, and with his idol, Stuff Smith, who became a good friend. He collaborated with Goodman and Ellington, and led the very popular Swe-Danes Trio. And worked with the many expatriate musicians in Copenhagen, including a group with Kenny Drew and Ed Thigpen. (As early as WW2, his prominence had led to his being among those rounded up by the Nazis, which led to solitary confinement for months in Berlin.)”
“Svend recorded for Arbors just a few years ago (“Makin’ Whoopee…and Music”) and would occasionally sit in locally, including a memorable Dick Hyman/Peter Appleyard concert where Svend was special guest, 4 years ago. The past couple of seasons, a stroke has hampered his bowing arm; as he said the other day, ‘Well, I gave it about 90 years.’ And he is just a delightful cat.”
“Since its earliest days, the Jazz Club of Sarasota has given the Satchmo Award during the festival, to a long list of jazz greats. This year’s finale on Saturday is Dick & Derek at the Movies, with Dick Hyman and Derek Smith. (And happy 85th this week to Dick – he and Svend first played together on a Benny Goodman tour in 1950.) The plan is to show some film clips to the crowd, of Svend with Toots, Goodman, etc., as he is given the honor before a sold-out house this weekend.”
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and one of everyone’s favorite jazz pianists, Herbie Hancock has declared April 30 to be International Jazz Day. As announced in the Huffington Post, “The official kick-off will be on April 27 with an all-day program at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris that will include master classes, roundtable discussions and improvisational workshops. An evening concert will feature Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, South Africa’s Hugh Masekela and Brazil’s Tania Maria, among others.”
Jazz Boston will be coordinating its Jazz Week with these festivities.
(With apologies for not getting this up in a timely manner)
Veteran bassist Charlie Byrd, probably best known for his work with his guitarist brother, the late Charlie Byrd. He was also a first-call jazz bassist in his home town of Washington DC. Here is the obituary from the Washington Post.
I waited all month for a proper obituary for the Singer Ann Marie Moss, but it never materialized. Ms. Moss was a highly regarded jazz singer and teacher. She worked with many well-established musicians, most notably Maynard Furguson and Jackie Paris. She died on February 29 in New York City. The following are links to the various biographies, all of them a little thin.
Canadian Jazz Archives
The Canadian Encyclopedia
Post at Reverberation by Rosanna Vitro with MP3s
Either I missed the announcement regarding the memorial service for Lou Colombo (it was a crazy month) or the family wanted to keep it private. Anyway, in lieu of a memorial service announcement I would like to bring your attention to these You Tube documents of this much-loved musician.
Jon Hammond’s video of Lou Part 1, and Part 2, taken shortly before Lou’s tragic accident.
Video of Lou and band on Cape Cod by John Foodie.
The popular veteran trumpeter Lou Colombo died in a car crash on his way home from a gig in Florida last Saturday night. He will be sorely missed, especially in his home base area of Cape Cod. There is an article at Cape Cod On-Line, and a nice remembrance by WFCR’s Tom Reney. Information on the funeral and memorial service will follow.
The FAA reauthorization was passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, February 3 by a 248-169 vote. It subsequently passed the Senate on Monday, February 6, 75-20. The President is expected to sign the bill into law. Included in the bill are provisions that create a uniform national policy regarding musical instruments on airplanes. Any instrument that can be safely stored in the overhead compartment or underneath the seat may be brought on board as carry-on luggage.
Read the American Federation of Musicians article.
Quoting the Boston Musicians Association, AFM Local 9-535:
“Existing law used to allow each airline to set their own policy regarding musical Continue reading Musical Instruments Allowed As Cary-ons
We are always saddened by the closing of a jazz venue, but we can understand this one. Drummer Cecil Brooks III has operated one of the best clubs in the NYC area for the last ten years or so, featuring major artists and locals as well. Several live CDs have been recorded there. Get the story here from NJ.com: