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This may be one of the shortest columns I've written in fourteen-plus years at All About Jazz. The fact is, not much has happened this month in our little corner of big band jazz, and there is almost nothing to report. About all we can do is look forward to events on the horizon: Jazz Under the Stars here in Albuquerque in June, July and August; the twelfth annual Prescott (AZ) Jazz Summit, also in August; and the next Los Angeles Jazz Institute / Ken Poston event in mid-October. We've heard nothing (to date) about the annual New Mexico Jazz Festival, which is usually held in July. (Okay, we checked online and found that there will be a NMJF, from July 13-29, with Kurt Elling
Kurt Elling
Kurt Elling
b.1967
vocalist
, Sheila Jordan
Sheila Jordan
Sheila Jordan
b.1928
vocalist
, Jon Hendricks
Jon Hendricks
Jon Hendricks
b.1921
vocalist
, Dianne Reeves
Dianne Reeves
Dianne Reeves
b.1956
vocalist
, Regina Carter
Regina Carter
Regina Carter
b.1966
violin
, Ravi Coltrane
Ravi Coltrane
Ravi Coltrane
b.1965
sax, tenor
, Leni Stern
Leni Stern
Leni Stern

guitar
, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Doug Lawrence
Doug Lawrence
Doug Lawrence
b.1956
and others).

The Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra performs twice this summer in Jazz Under the Stars at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History: on Saturday, June 2, with guest artist Matt Catingub
Matt Catingub
b.1961
, and headlining a Swing Dance Night on Saturday, August 4. A week later, on August 11, Jazz Under the Stars welcomes SuperSax New Mexico and the Charlie Christian
Charlie Christian
Charlie Christian
1916 - 1942
guitar, electric
Project, both featuring renowned trumpeter Bobby Shew
Bobby Shew
Bobby Shew
b.1941
trumpet
. The Prescott Jazz Summit (August 24-26), directed by trumpeter Mike Vax
Mike Vax
Mike Vax

trumpet
, is straight-ahead all the way, boasting an all-star lineup that includes trumpeter Carl Saunders
Carl Saunders
Carl Saunders
b.1942
trumpet
, trombonist Scott Whitfield
Scott Whitfield
Scott Whitfield
b.1963
trombone
, saxophonists Rusty Higgins and Tony Vacca, guitarist Jack Petersen, pianist Jeff Colella, drummer Gary Hobbs, vocalist Dennis Rowland
Dennis Rowland
Dennis Rowland
b.1948
vocalist
and others. No pseudo-jazz groups or players in that neighborhood.

The same holds true for October's LAJI event at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott hotel whose title, "Groovin' Hard," embodies perfectly the kind of music on the bill of fare, starting with alumni reunions of bands led by Buddy Rich
Buddy Rich
Buddy Rich
1917 - 1987
drums
, Bill Watrous
Bill Watrous
Bill Watrous
b.1939
trombone
, Maynard Ferguson
Maynard Ferguson
Maynard Ferguson
1928 - 2006
trumpet
, Louie Bellson
Louie Bellson
Louie Bellson
1924 - 2009
drums
, Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
1927 - 1996
sax, baritone
, Thad Jones
Thad Jones
Thad Jones
1923 - 1986
trumpet
/ Mel Lewis
Mel Lewis
Mel Lewis
1929 - 1990
drums
and Don Ellis
Don Ellis
Don Ellis
1934 - 1978
trumpet
, plus the Creative World of Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton
1911 - 1979
piano
, Gil Evans
Gil Evans
Gil Evans
1912 - 1988
composer/conductor
' Svengali and Patrick Williams' Threshold. Among the musicians who have signed on are Bobby Shew, Don Menza
Don Menza
Don Menza
b.1936
saxophone
, Ernie Watts
Ernie Watts
Ernie Watts
b.1945
reeds
, Bob Mintzer
Bob Mintzer
Bob Mintzer
b.1953
saxophone
, Pete Christlieb
Pete Christlieb
Pete Christlieb
b.1945
saxophone
, Milcho Leviev
Milcho Leviev
Milcho Leviev
b.1937
piano
, Fred Laurence Selden, Ann Patterson, Richard Torres, Peter Erskine
Peter Erskine
Peter Erskine
b.1954
drums
, Mike Suter, Mary Fettig, Jim Oatts , Roger Ingram
Roger Ingram
Roger Ingram

trumpet
, Bob Summers
Bob Summers
b.1944
, Bruce Johnstone, Jay Chattaway and Andy Mackintosh. Also performing will be the Collegiate Neophonic Orchestra of Southern California and the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra directed by Mintzer. "Groovin' Hard" is set for October 11-14, preceded on October 10 by a bonus event, "The Woody Herman Centennial Celebration," that surely has been sold out by now. Herman alumni slated to take part include Christlieb, Shew, Watrous, Ingram, Oatts, Johnstone, Bill Trujillo
Bill Trujillo
b.1930
, Arno Marsh
Arno Marsh
b.1928
, Dick Hafer
Dick Hafer
b.1927
, Larry McKenna
Larry McKenna
Larry McKenna
b.1937
sax, tenor
, Don Rader
Don Rader
b.1935
trumpet
, Roger Neumann
Roger Neumann
Roger Neumann
b.1941
sax, tenor
, Alan Broadbent
Alan Broadbent
Alan Broadbent
b.1947
piano
, Larry Covelli, Jerry Pinter and Ron Stout. For information about "Groovin' Hard," phone 562-200-5477 or vist them at lajazzinstitute.org.

A Word About Clark Terry

Beloved trumpeter Clark Terry
Clark Terry
Clark Terry
b.1920
trumpet
, now ninety-one years old and a double amputee (both legs) owing to diabetes, needs help in getting out from under enormous hospital expenses. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help Clark's cause, it can be done through the Jazz Foundation of America, either by mail or online. The mailing address is Jazz Foundation of America, 322 W. 48th St., New York, NY 10036. Online at jazzfoundation.org. In either case, please indicate (on the memo line of the check or by putting the name "Clark Terry" in the window at the bottom of the Jazz Foundation's donation page) that the money is being sent to help with Clark's expenses. He and wife Gwen would greatly appreciate your help!

And that's it for now. Until next time, keep swingin...'!

New and Noteworthy

1. Bob Curnow, The Music of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, Vol 2 (Sierra Music)

2. Christian McBride Big Band, The Good Feeling (Mack Avenue)

3. Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra, Deep Shadows (Addo)

4. Jim Manley, Eight (Victoria Company)

5. Ron Carter's Great Big Band, Untitled (Summit)

6. NOVA Jazz Orchestra, Who Sez You Can't Dance to Be-bop? (Self Published)

7. Jim Manley, Eight (Victoria Company)

8. Clare Fischer Big Band, Continuum (Clavo Records)

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