It was a Spring for major works, with Bud performing Allyn Ferguson's premiere of "Reminiscences" with symphony orchestra in San Francisco, "Stella" with Bill Holman's Big Band in Redondo, Oliver Nelson's "Soundpiece For Orchestra" with the Neophonic Orchestra, and Manny Albam's " Concerto For Alto" at the Mancini Institute. Coming up, two more chop devourers - "Nostalgico" with orchestra, and Bill Holman's piece composed for Bud, "The Gift" with big band, both in Los Angeles in August. Between now and then, however, a few things are going on. . . .
After the annual pilgrimmage to the CART/Indy car races in Portland, Oregon, Bud was off in June to film a British documentary on the life and artistry of musician and conductor Andre Previn. Next, he and the sextet leave for Europe, headlining the Estoril Jazz Festival and other dates in Portugal, plus a few visiting days in Spain. Bud returns just in time to take a deep breath and plunge into his own Workshop and Festival in Port Townsend, this year featuring a stellar assemblage of faculty and guest artists that includes Phil Woods Quintet, Cyrus Chestnut Trio, Claudio Roditi, Bob Florence Big Band, Joanne Brackeen, and many others.
A few days off and it is back to Long Beach for the Mancini Institute's aforementioned summer program, in which Bud will perform the pieces listed above as well as conduct master classes. In the midst of all this, there is the inevitable juggling of bookings for autumn and 1998 in support of the two new CD's coming out in August and July respectively: "By Request: Bud Shank Meets The Rhythm Section" on Fantasy, and the "Tribute To The Music Of Bill Evans" on Fresh Sounds Records. For those unable to locate the Fresh Sounds CD (the inevitable distribution woes), contact Jordi Pujol in Barcelona at fax # 011-34-3-425-7391.
Also, there is a nifty jazz network full of interesting messages and comments - get information through Jim Harrod at JAharrod@uci.edu. Enough of this computer stuff.....