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April 2000

If the rest of 2000 starts out like the first quarter it is going to be a banner year! Performances at Yoshi's in Oakland (sextet), the Old Church in Portland (with Bill Mays) and the RegattaBar in Boston (quartet) received rave reviews (see enclosed), were flocked to by happy fans, and were a blast for the band. Bud and old pal Clark Terry got together in New Hampshire for three performances, one in front of a Big Band. We emerged from the show to find a small blizzard in progress. So there we were, all dressed up, pushing Clark's wheelchair and dragging all of our gear through several inches of snow in our best shoes. Road Warriors!

Next big trip is when Bud takes Mrs. Bud to France for three weeks to console her for turning the awful 50. They will clamber aboard a little barge and float down the Burgundy countryside, eating and drinking and probably making merry as well, between castle and winery inspections. A week in Paris and a week driving around Brittany will round out the trip, an actual vacation in which Bud has been politely asked to leave the saxophone at home.

Other upcoming gigs include the Bebop & Brew Festival in California on May 7th, the Langley Jazz Festival in Washington on June 23, Bud's own Workshop and Festival July 23 - 30, and a multi-concert European Tour in August. Check Bud's full performance schedule information.

On May 27, Bud celebrates his 74th birthday, and he is going at the same pace he kept up in his 30's! Maybe even faster. Some jazz guys are just, well, ageless.

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