The good news is that Bud's surgery was remarkably effective and he is recovering ahead of schedule, already up to his normal level of practicing and planning to get back on the road in January.
The bad news is the terrible loss of our dear friend and musical colleague Conte Candoli. He thought that his playing on the new CD "On The Trail" was the best of his life, and we agree. The CD will be dedicated to his memory.
In early January, Bud heads south to Los Angeles to join the LaBarbera brothers in a Big Band recording project, serving as guest soloist on two tunes. Then it is scurry back to Seattle to open the Art of Jazz Series at the Seattle Art Museum on January 10th.
After that, it is back into the studio to do the final mixing and fine tuning on the new CD. On January 27, Bud gets together with old pal and sextet pianist Bill Mays to do duo and quartet sets at First Jazz in Portland, Oregon.
On February Bud head to Edmonton with Joe LaBarbera to do two concerts at Yardbird Suite. They will undoubtedly have to dress like the Michelin Man at that time of year!
Back to PT for a week and then it is off to the Lionel Hampton Festival in Moscow, Idaho. This year is a special tribute to Lionel, and it seems like every jazz musician on the planet is going to be there to share it. Our congratulations to Doc Skinner for the fine job he does with this event.
The last news is that the Shanks are very seriously considering a move to Tucson, Arizona where they will build a new home -- and a new life in the sun! More on that later . . .