July 14 "Female Vocalists" - This evening, Douglas Catling gave members a great talk on female vocalists. Douglas talked about and played music by well established singers such as Bessie Smith, Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'Day, as well as lesser-known names such as Teddy King, Carol Kidd and Carol Sloan. We had a guest visitor tonight from Birmingham, England, who was in Brookfield visiting her family.
July 7 "Milestones" – Ian Tiele took a look at the career of the legendary trumpet player and bandleader Miles Davis, a musician who went through many creative phases during his controversial life. We heard a selection of music including Jeru, from the Birth of the Cool, So What from the legendary Kind of Blue album, and two different versions of Milestones.
July 4 The Society participated in Brookfield's annual 4th of July Parade for the second time. The float vehicle was again donated by Berthal Lewis Electric. Members dressed the float with various jazz photographs and other items. Click here to see the photographs.
June 30 "Jazz and Big Bands on Video" – Bandleader Steve Cooper gave an excellent audio-visual presentation featuring the best of jazz and big band music from his extensive video collection. Members were treated to clips from Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Don Ellis, Miles Davis, Bill Watrous, Jack Teagarden and many, many more. We even witnessed the late President, Ronald Reagan introducing some of the musicians!
June 23 Guest musician Mike Bezin of Chicagoland’s own West End Jazz Band, gave an excellent talk on the jazz music being played and recorded in 1920's and the 1930's, as well as discussing what is involved in running a band that recreates the music of this period. Among the music we heard were selections by Fletcher Henderson and Jelly Roll Morton, and also a track by Mike's own WEJB to complete a wonderful evening.
June 16 At this meeting we celebrated the life and music of Charlie Parker. The genius of the alto sax, was the subject of an excellent presentation by Jason Fustar, aptly titled "Celebrating Bird." We heard a varied selection of Parker's bebop work, as well as some tracks he recorded with a string section. We also listened to Bird performing in one of the classic Norman Granz jam sessions.
June 9 Tonight was blues night. Dan Stivers gave a first half talk titled "Sixties Blues at Newport," which featured some of the greatest blues musicians to ever appear at the famous 1960's Newport Folk Festivals. Son House and Lightning Hopkins were among those played before the interval, while afterwards we heard some contemporary blues from such artists as Joe Cocker and ZZ Top.....a truly varied musical experience.
June 2 Another really good crowd were present for a joint-presentation by Ian Tiele and John Moscinski titled "Sweet Home Chicago." Ian's portion of the talk concentrated on musicians still playing the Chicago scene, while John gave members a very informative and practical guide to Chicagoland jazz clubs. John also prepared a wealth of literature for members to take home and peruse. The night's message was "keep supporting live jazz!"