The Shank is fully recovered from his back surgery and roaring along at full speed. April brings a mid-month jump to Tucson to check progress on the new house being built there, meanwhile hunting for a condo in Port Townsend as the Shank house there is now sold.
At the end of April Bud tours with a sextet including Teddy Edwards and Jay Thomas, doing two concerts in Germany and one in Holland.
May brings two concerts in Winnipeg with the Bud Shank Quintet featuring Pete Christlieb on tenor. Directly from there the band proceeds to Chicago to do six nights at the Jazz Showcase. Then later in May, Bud heads up an all-star band at Ken Poston's latest jazz extravaganza, a tribute to Howard Rumsey and the Lighthouse years. The event will take place in North Hollywood and at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.
In the months of June and July, Bud will be in Europe on a series of consecutive tours, currently still being finalized. Tentatively, this will include a multi-city tour with a symphony orchestra, a stint with an all-star big band beginning in Verona, Italy and moving on to other European dates, and tour following that with bassist David Friesen and a European drummer.
Then the saxophonist come home just in time to oversee his own Bud Shank Workshop and Jazz Port Townsend Festival at the end of July. This year the festival will feature the usual stellar Workshop faculty as well as mainstage performers that include the Ingrid Jensen Quintet, Bob Florence Big Band, Alan Broadbent Trio, Dave Frishberg, Kenny Barron Trio with Ann Drummond, and the Ray Brown Trio. Bud will perform "The Long Way Home" with the big band, a piece written by Florence for his 75th birthday.
Look for the new CD "On the Trail" to be out in April. See you on the road!!!