Bud Notes, January 1996 Newsletter

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Greetings! 1996 is the year in which Bud Shank celebrates not only his 70th birthday, but his 50 year anniversary as a professional jazz musician. The good news is that he is playing more and better than ever before. The last two years have been incredibly productive for Bud, with ten different recordings to his credit including two with his stellar Sextet. He has also had major tours of Britain, Europe, Japan, and the American southwest, a CD of his "sound painting" for multi-media called "The Lost Cathedral." performances at the IAJE convention, the KLON West Coast Tribute, the Kenton Tribute in Columbus, the RIAS Big Band radio show in Berlin, and dozens of festivals and major club appearances from North Sea in The Hague to Las Vegas.

Bud shows no signs of slowing down, with a slew of bookings for 1996 in the works, as well as a recording in January in New York with Benny Green, Christian McBride, and Lewis Nash. A January tour of Spain was summarily cancelled thanks to Mother Nature dumping several feet of snow on JFK airport! There are plans to reschedule in autumn, expanding the tour to include performances in Paris, Germany, and Switzerland. In March Bud goes south for a residency at Arizona State University and other appearances in Las Vegas, San Diego, and Los Angeles. In July the Centrum Foundation honors Bud's 50 year anniversary as well as his fifteenth as Artistic Director of the Bud Shank Jazz Workshop and Festival in his home town of Port Townsend, Washington. Bud will take center stage with his Sextet (Conte Candoli, Bill Perkins, Sherman Ferguson, Jack Nimitz, and John Clayton), performing music from their two CDs including several originals from Bud and fresh arrangements by John Clayton.

Bud and his wife Linda have also turned their hand to a collaboration as a song writing team (Bud music/Linda lyrics) and have produced a demo CD containing five songs sung by former Hi Lo Clark Burroughs. They are at work between tours on several more new compositions, as well as on material for Bud's upcoming autobiography. When not on the road, they slip down to Portland, Oregon where they "hide" on their houseboat, afloat on the Multnomah Channel, and zip up and down the river in their little red motorboat "Harlequin."

After several years of playing a Keilworth alto, Bud returned to his old love, a 1934 Selmer with a gorgeous burnished tone, and can't wait to record with it. 1996 looks to be a banner year, and we'll keep you up on all the latest news via this newsletter.

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