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
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
, 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
, 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)