The Vic Lewis Birthday Bash in London was a smash success and made the estimable Mr. Lewis a happy man. There was a herd of big bands including one led by the great Bill Holman, and a slew of outstanding soloists like Bill Perkins, Jiggs Whigham, Pete Christlieb, and of course Bud. The Bim Huis was also a good two nights, thanks to Huub Van Riel, who sets a standard that other promoters ought to emulate. One question, though -- does the sun ever shine ANYWHERE anymore?
At this writing Bud is off to Dayton to collect, among other things, the key to the City on what the Mayor has declared "Bud Shank Day" in his home town. This follows a concert at the lovely Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis on May 19. Bud has been awash in calls from reporters and media people requesting interviews, so check your jazz media for some good stories.
Jazz West Coast II beckons, starting May 27 (Bud's birthday!) and on through the weekend. Ken Posten has assembled an impressive lineup and series of concerts and panels. A few weeks off in June, then the next stop is the DuMaurier Festival in Vancouver BC, with two nights of concerts at a venue there. Bud will return to BC in August to conduct a clinic for music teachers. His appearance will be underwritten by Selmer.
In July, Bud will headline Jazz at Seward Park in Seattle with his quartet on July 11, and shortly thereafter his own Bud Shank Jazz Workshop and Port Townsend Jazz Festival will take place. From July 18 - 25 the grounds of Fort Worden State Park will resound with the sounds of jazz as hundreds of students gather to play and learn together. The aforementioned Bill Holman will lead the Festival Big Band, and has requested that he conduct Bud in the piece he wrote especially for Bud a few years ago entitle "The Gift," which actually premiered at Port Townsend. Bud is, needless to say, very excited about this! Also appearing at the Festival are Ingrid Jensen; The Central Avenue Reunion Band featuring Teddy Edwards and Gerald Wiggins; the George Cables Trio; and the Heath Brothers, among others. Bud's Quartet will present "A Tribute to Gerry Mulligan" featuring music from his new CD "After You, Jeru," coming out on Fresh Sounds in just a few weeks.
Faculty for the Workshop include: Jiggs Whigham, George Cables, Nick Brignola, Chuck Deardorf, Bobby Shew, Joanne Brackeen, Bob Magnusson, Gary Hobbs, Dave Peck, Joe LaBarera, Ron Eschete, Jay Clayton, Don Lanphere, Clarence Acox, Bob Curnow, Pete Christlieb, and others to be announced. For information on these festivities, call the Centrum Foundation at 360/385-3102. Housing is always problematic as Port Townsend fills with thousands of people, so early reservations are strongly advised.
It was delightful to receive an invitation to a reception in Los Angeles in honor of William Claxton's newly published "JAZZ Seen." Bud was on the road and couldn't attend, but sends his best to Clax and looks forward to seeing the book. Bill has worked with Bud for years and did the great cover on the Bill Evans CD.
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