Bud had a grand time at the Hampton Jazz Festival, where he and Clark Terry along with David Friesen were a major hit. They also conducted an SRO clinic at the University, and got in a bunch of reminiscing to boot. (Bud and Clark first played together on the Barnet Band in 1947, along with Doc Severinson.) Doc Skinner puts on a first class festival and treats everyone with great grace and kindness. In March it was off to LA to record some movie music for producer Bruce Webber of “Let’s Get Lost” fame. Several fascinating hours were spent at LACMA viewing the visiting Van Gogh exhibit, as well as a quick trip to the impressive Peterson Car Museum and their spendy little gift shop!
At the end of March Bud hopped a plane for Anchorage to perform at the University’s Jazz Festival and conduct a clinic for students from all over the area. Needless to say, it was snowy, but there were no bears in sight and the music kept everybody warmed up.
As this newsletter goes out, Bud is packing for a three week trip to Europe, with concerts in London, Manchester, and Southampton, plus a couple of nights at the Bim Huis in Amsterdam. This is followed in May by a trip East to play in Minnesota and in Bud’s home town of Dayton, Ohio, where they arre planning a lot of festivities for the returning not-so-prodigal son.
On May 27, Bud will celebrate his birthday with a whole slew of plas down in Los Angeles, where Ken Poston is putting on Jazz West Coast II in Newport Beach. These events are always a gas, with many panels, concerts, and opportunities to hang out. Maybe we will see you there.
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