Greetings! Bud's 50th anniversary year in jazz started off with a splash - namely the Flood of '96 in Oregon that nearly carried off the Shank houseboat!
Things turned around after that, however, with the full month of March devoted to a tour that included several interesting dates. First stop was at Arizona State University in Tempe, where Bud did a weeklong residency, working with Chuck Maronich and his marvelous students. The residency included two combo appearances and a SRO Big Band Concert at the Performing Arts Center. Then it was on to San Diego for two nights at the lovely Bristol Court courtesy of Holly Hoffman. Next stop was a show at the new Concert Room in the Four Queens in Las Vegas, under the auspices of Alan Grant. Listen for it on NPR radio later in the year.
The final stop of the tour was in Los Angeles, where Bud went into the studio to record his latest CD, a Tribute to the Music of Bill Evans. With him on the date was the superb rhythm section of Mike Wofford on piano, Bob Magnusson on bass, and Joe LaBarbera on drums. It was an astonishing two days, and all who have heard even the rough cut say it is some of their finest work. Look for the CD to be on the shelves prior to July 1. The band also went into the Jazz Bakery for three sizzling nights. Old home week in the green room with so many musicians and other friends coming by. Special thanks to Ruth Price.
Bud's long career in Jazz will be celebrated on July 1 at a Tribute Dinner in Los Angeles hosted by the Los Angeles Jazz Society. Musicians will play, wine will flow, jokes will be told (inevitably, with Milt Bernhart as emcee), and a large host of friends will toast the alto man. A few surprises in store as well.
Meanwhile Bud is busy shopping his new demo tape to singers, writing more material, finalizing booking for the Bud Shank Workshop & Festival in July, and preparing for the BIG 70 on May 27. Cards, letters, faxes, calls welcome -