Jazz Celebration XII is to be affiliated with the International Women’s Day annual celebration. “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” is the IWD theme for 2020.
Women jazz performers of Whatcom County will be showcased playing the music of Robert Storms, a local composer and professional musician who has played music in Whatcom County for over sixty years.
The jazz celebration idea came in 2008, when Robert (Bob) decided to showcase his tunes and songs upon registering five hundred of them into copyright protection, and thus, reaching his first goal. A celebration concert was held in March 2009 and has continued despite the economic downturns mainly because the shows were new and different. Playing the music of a single composer is done occasionally, but only if the composer is a famous one, it seems. Bob showcases his music much like an artist displays his/her artwork in a featured art show, only the music played is not for sale. Nor is it a goal to make a profit. This concert series is a way for Bob to “give back”, showcase local jazz musicians and bands, help the community, and celebrate reaching a goal.
The concert will be held at Lairmont Manor this year. The featured band is a new one, “The Unknowns”, and all women band led by the beautiful and talented pianist, Kim Bowman.
Our guest artist, up from Gig Harbor, Washington, is saxophonist Sheryl Clark. She will play along with the groups during the concert.
The music performed will be chosen by the performers from a lengthy list of selections, all from Bob’s collection of nearly 1500 tunes and songs. The styles of jazz include Traditional Jazz, Modern Jazz, Be-bop, Latin American Jazz, Swing, and Jazz Waltzes. A mix of styles that reflect the majority of the material written for inclusion in his books of music, entitled “Tunes from Toneville”. Mark Kelly is the graphic artist who inspired Bob to use the title and graphics for his music books. Mark had created the title for a calendar he was doing for Western Washington University. It turned out to be the link between Mark’s calendar and ten years of jazz concerts. Bob also used Mark’s artwork from that calendar to grace his recently published book “School Stories: the funny thing about music”.
The concert is not a fund-raiser this year. In the past, concerts have raised money for summer jazz camps for students, homeless youth, and last year, a small town in Mexico “Coatzingo”, where the people were in dire need of help. The money went to “Hearts and Hands of Hope”, a national organization.
Lairmont Manor – Bellingham, WA 405 Fieldstone Road
Concert time: 3 pm