Bud managed to turn 70 on May 27 without incident, if not without grumbling. A ten day tour in Canada cheered him up, especially the three days in Banff which is a fascinating place.
Thanks to all who sent cards, called, faxed, and got in touch. The July 1 Tribute Dinner in Los Angeles was absolutely fantastic !! The place was packed with friends old and new, some of them being people Bud had not seen in decades. There was a slide show, a whole lot of music including Bud's quartet and sextet, a humorous speech by Bud's race car driver buddy Bill Pollock, and ongoing hilarity from emcee Milt Bernhart. Many great musicians played, including Mike Wofford, Conte Candoli, Jack Nimitz, Sherman Ferguson, Andy Simpkins, Joe LaBarbera, Bill Perkins, Ruth Price, Pete Christlieb, Gary Foster. Bud received a lovely plaque, lots of flowers were sent, and a marvelous time was had by all. Special thanks to Bill Peterson for the idea, Uan and Margaret Rasey and their committee for hours of work, and all the wonderful friends who came to honor Bud.
Next on the agenda is the Jazz Workshop and Festival in Port Townsend at the end of July. The largest enrollment in the history of the Workshop (15 years) meant this is the first year they actually had to turn students away. Headliners on the mainstage include JJ Johnson, Marlena Shaw, Ron Eshete, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Bud Shank Sextet, Jiggs Whigham Big Band, and others. In addition to the mainstage, 10 clubs will run simultaneously on Friday and Saturday night with the likes of George Cables, Pete Christlieb, Bill Perkins, Conte Candoli, Gary Foster, Jessica Williams, Bill Ramsey, John Clayton, Bobby Shew, Joe LaBarbera, David Friesen, Gary Barone, Jiggs Whigham, and many more. Bud will premiere his birthday present, a composition for alto saxophone and big band by none other than Grammy-winning Bill Holman !! It promises to be quite a week.
In August Bud goes on his annual trek to the Monterey Historic Car Races in Monterey, California, and along the way will perform at a special concert to be presented in Carmel, home of that celebrated jazz nut Clint Eastwood. Then in September it is on the road again, this time back east to perform at the Seven Springs Jazz Festival in Pennsylvania, a concert in Louisville, KY, and other possible stops being negotiated including Washington D.C. And, to round out the year, Bud takes his quartet on the Norway Jazz Cruise to the Caribbean in October/November, finishing up with a week at Storyville in San Francisco in November.
It has been a busy, productive, and joyous year so far for Bud, and it is only half over !!