In late May, Bud had a wonderful time at Ken Poston's event in LA. He played a piece with Russ Garcia's band, his own "The Gift" which was written by Bill Holman with Bill's band, and for the first time in his life, he led and performed with "The Bud Shank Big Band." Getting a complete big band library together in two months was a monumental task, but it was worth it.
The band was recorded and a CD will come out before the end of the year. Ken is doing another of these great events in September. Also, May 27 was Bud's 79th birthday and Bob Florence gave Bud a huge surprise -- a wild and swinging arrangement of Happy Birthday played by his big band!
June was quiet, with a pleasant trip to Ottawa with pianist Bill Mays at Jacques Emond's festival up there. Spent a lot of time promoting the new CD with Phil Woods "Live At Yoshi's" that came out in May on Capri Records.
That was the calm before the storm though. July is totally crazy. Bud plays the Iridium in New York City July 7 - 10, records with Marian McPartland on July 11, flies from there to Bethlehem, PA for a clinic and performance over four days.
Then he his home one day and drives to Albuquerque for eight days of the Bud Shank Workshop and Jazz Festival Southwest. Then he drives home and leaves two days later for Italy!
August 17 - 22 are in Monterey, CA for the historic car races (driving the Boxters). Then on August 24 to Washington DC for 2 nights at Twins, a concert the next day in Waynesboro, and then on to Europe for three weeks of concerts and two days of recording with the BBC orchestra in London.
A week home, and then off to Houston for a Big Band concert. Then the next week is Poston's thing. Pretty hectic, but it beats the alternative.
We are still steaming about the Formula 1 Indy debacle -- what a farce!