This past year, the last of the 20th century, has been the busiest of Bud Shank's long and storied career. Over 60 performances were given all over the world in all different configurations -- duo, trio, quartet, sextet, big band, and symphony -- finishing with a musically satisfying but very grueling 20-concert tour in Europe.
It would be hard to choose a favorite concert, but the Sextet's performance at the great San Francisco Jazz Festival is way up there. Randall Kline and his staff put on a world class event, and treat the musicians beautifully. Bud's band responded with a knockout show. Reviewer Phil Elwood called it "bright, exciting, magnificently performed mainstream-modern jazz."
The new CD "Silver Storm" got a great launch at Jazz Alley in Seattle, superlative reviews, and a debut at #26 on the charts. Bud and Conte Candoli conducted a clinic a the Alley for youngsters, and it was a delight to see their shining faces and their interest in jazz. Bud's favorite question: "Are you Santa?"
In May 2001 Bud will turn 75 years of age, with not a sign of slowing down (insert groan here from Mrs. Bud!). First up is an appearance at the Experience Music Project on January 27. Then in February he joins Clark Terry for 3 concerts in Milwaukee and Minneapolis.
Work is well in progress for the Bud Shank Jazz Workshop and Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend in July, with the usual stellar faculty and cast of headliners.
Also simmering on the stove are plans to tour in Britain, Hong Kong, Sweden, and Canada. Will keep you posted as plans develop. Meanwhile best wishes for a joyous and prosperous year.