Having spent a lovely three weeks in France, Bud is now back hard at work. In April he signed a new three-year record deal with a label recently transplanted to the Northwest from San Francisco, and is preparing music for the first of three CDs, to be recorded at the end of June. The CD will feature Bud's Sextet "Silver Storm" with Conte Candoli and Bill Perkins sharing the front line.
Bud is also compiling material for a songbook of music he has written over his long career, that he hopes to have out by the end of 2000.
All the plans for the Bud Shank Jazz Workshop and Jazz Port Townsend Festival are in place, with a great list of headliners and the usual stellar faculty. Enrollment is way up over this time last year, and the only wish is that the Workshop had room to grow and accommodate all of the students who wish to attend.
Some of the musicians performing include Gonzalvo Rubalcava, Ernie Watts, Stephanie Nakasian, Gerald Wilson Big Band, Don Lanphere and Mimi Fox, George Cables, Pete Christlieb, Jiggs Whigham, Bill Ramsay, Ron Eschete, and too many others to list. Follow the links at this site or call Centrum: 360/385-3102 for more information.
In July Bud takes off for Den Haag to play the North Sea Festival. Then, coming up in August, Bud and the Sextet head out for Europe, playing festivals in Brecon, Wales; Marciac, France; and Oslo, Norway.
Just prior to the August tour, Bud goes to Los Angeles to play a series of concerts and do a panel for the annual Henry Mancini Institute summer series.
In September he has a stint in Denver at the jazz institution "El Chapultapec." And in between all that he is supervising the installation of a water feature (that's the fancy way of saying pond) in the backyard, and black and white checkered tile in the garage to set off the Porches!
Not bad for a 74 year old guy!