May 26 A good crowd turned out for a wonderful talk titled "The Ballad Style of the Trombone," by the Society's own 'boneman Charlie Cosgrove. Members were treated to some wonderful playing from well-known musicians such as Carl Fontana, Urbie Green, Tommy Dorsey and J.J. Johnson, as well as from some lesser-known names such as Murray McEachern, Jim Trimble and Dave Steinmeyer. Charlie also brought his trombone along and treated members to some musical demonstrations.
May 19 Despite the bad weather, members turned out for the Society's first "Vinyl Night," which was a great success. We heard some very interesting music, including tracks by Clifford Brown/Max Roach, Mildred Bailey, Sonny Rollins, and Victor Feldman/Tom Scott. We also had a "Name that Tune" quiz, presented by Ian Tiele........the winner was John Moscinski.
May 12 The Society's best crowd to date, turned up to hear David Rovner's excellent talk on Big Bands of the Sixties and Seventies. Everyone enjoyed listening to the wonderful music, including the sounds of of Stan Kenton, Maynatd Ferguson, Harry James, and Don Ellis.
May 5 Tonight, the Society had it's first guest speaker. Chicago pianist and music teacher, Paul Schrage, gave a wonderful talk on European piano players. Paul concentrated on Polish and French pianists, and we heard some fine music that is rarely, if ever heard on the radio here, one such example being Martial Solal.
April 28 Members were treated to a look at life of the great tenor sax player Lester, Young, in a wonderful talk by Jason Fustar, which included both recorded music of Young, and also some film footage. Jason kept us glued to our seats with his informative dialogue.
April 21 Due to illness, Bobby Oliva's talk on Miles Davis was cancelled at 2.00pm. Luckily, Ian Tiele had been working on the idea of a talk on "Jazz for all Seasons." This project became a reality, and members listened to some fine music by the likes of Count Basie, June Christy, Sidney Bechet and Bill Evans.
April 14 This evening was a "DVD Film Night" featuring the legendary film account of the the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival "Jazz on a Summer's Day." We watched and listened to such great musicians and vocalists as Thelonius Monk, Mahalia Jackson, Gerry Mulligan, Louis Armstrong, and we witnessed a wonderful rendition of Tea for Two by songstress Anita O'Day.
April 7 We had another well attended meeting this evening. We listened to the Society's very first presentation on jazz. This was titled "Good Vibes," and the presenter was Society founder Ian Tiele. We listened to a potted history of the vibraphone in jazz, and heard music from twelve great vibists, including Red Norvo, Bobby Hutcherson, Gary Burton and Walt Dickerson.
March 31 There was a good crowd for our second meeting. The evening was called "My Favorite Things" and all members brought a favorite CD that they talked about. The night was a huge success and we will definately do this again, as all members got the chance to participate.We also introduced a weekly raffle, that was also a great success. The first winner was David Rovner.
March 24 A good crowd turned out for the first ever meeting of the Society. You can check out the photos here.