So pleased to announce that both of the new CDs are receiving very high praise from critics and fans alike. Fantasy/Milestone has been exceptionally involved in promoting the "By Request" CD across the nation, which - no matter how wonderful the product is -- is vital to moving any CD up the charts. In a happy coincidence with this effort, a creative team from Newport Beach, California has come up with a fantastic Bud Shank t-shirt. The artist does an original color rendering that is remarkably lifelike and highly artistic, especially compared to so much t-shirt "art". They have also done one of Willis Holman and perhaps one or two other jazz masters. Interested parties can fax Virginia Parsons at 714-723-1972.
The Bud Shank Jazz Workshop and Festival was a stellar success this year, with the best attendance in 15 years for both Festival and workshop sessions. Bud even sang a duet with Claudio Roditi (not exactly a highlight of the show!) Bob Florence led the Big Band through a challenging set of his charts, Pete Christlieb blew everyone off the main stage, Joanne Brackeen won the award for sartorial splendor as well as playing a great set, and all of the artists contributed much to a super year. Planning is already in the works for 1998, with faculty to be in place by December and hiring for the mainstage to begin in January '98. Bud is quite determined to keep his show in the mainstream vein, without the sideways influences of peripheral types of music that are watering down and distorting so many "jazz" festivals worldwide. At a recent concert, a young man approached Bud, shook his hand, and said "Your workshop is the best thing that ever happened to me in my life." Which is probably why Bud doesn't hang it up and go off to smell the roses.
The Shanks took three weeks off of touring to (what else) go on a trip! Climbed into the little old 1963 356B Porsche and drove all the way to San Diego and back, almost 4000 miles, attending the '98 "Porsche 356 Holiday". There were several hundred nuts like us there, some driving from as far away as New Jersey. Without air conditioning it was interesting in 90 degree heat, especially since there was almost no room for luggage.
Ended the month of October with a fantastic pair of concerts for the Earshot Jazz Fest in Seattle, one a duo at the University of Washington, and a quartet show at Jazz Alley that was a high point of the whole year. Happy Halloween !!!!!