September 1 "Hear Me Talkin' to Ya" was the title of this weeks presentation by Society founder, Ian Tiele. Members listened to musicians being interviewed about their bands and music, and also to musical examples of their work. Some very rare interview/music clips were heard, featuring Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins and Charlie Parker. Also included in the presentation were two rare vocal performances by Benny Goodman and Bill Evans.
August 25 Yet another meeting with some live music! Music teacher and jazz vocalist Summer Kwai brought along guitarist and composer Steve Koerber to explain what happens "Inside the Music." We were shown that any composition can be played in several different styles. To demonstrate, we heard Summer and Steve perform A Ghost of a Chance played as jazz, a bossa nova, a ballad, a waltz, a funk tune, and as a rock and pop tune. Steve performed wonderfully on guitar, while Summer showed off her superb vocal skills on several tunes including Here's that Rainy Day, A Foggy Day, Out of Nowhere and Take the A Train.A wonderful night indeed! Check out the photos here. August 18 Tonight members were treated to two separate presentations. First on the agenda was a feature on New Orleans Jazz by Louise Palacios, who took a look at the Crescent City and the unique style of jazz that developed there. The talk featured music by Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt and Kid Ory among others. After the interval, Bob “The Bluesman” Little, who was visiting from New York State, talked about boogie-woogie piano and the blues. The music included tracks by Armstrong, Pinetop Smith, and several lesser known artists such as Geneva Red and Ken Brown. To top off this wonderful evening, Bob played a couple of excellent boogie-woogie pieces on the Society piano. Click here to see the photos.
August 11 "Portrait of the Duke" – The life and work of the great pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington was the subject of this talk by Jason Fustar. Jason took us through the career of this wonderful jazz musician, playing many of the Duke's great works, including Satin Doll, Creole Love Call, Take the A Train, and Mood Indigo.
August 4 "Gimme that Old Time Piano" – Guest presenter David Winski's talk covered the ragtime, stride and boogie styles of piano playing. David not only played music by some of the great exponents of these genres, such as Scott Joplin, Meade Lux Lewis, Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Waller, he also demonstrated the various styles on the Society's piano.
July 28 At this week's meeting, Marty Blank gave a presentation on the organ in jazz and its associated music styles. Featured were some of his favorite jazz musicians, including Jimmy Smith, Fats Waller and Richard "Groove" Holmes. Members also heard tracks by Booker T and the MGs, Georgie Fame and the classic sixties Animals rock track "House of the Rising Sun," featuring Alan Price at the organ.
July 21 Tonight's meeting was our best so far........a combination of presentation, demonstration, live jazz and a jam as well! Guest musician Bob McMurray did a great presentation titled "From Zero To Jazz; One Jazz Fan's Move Behind the 4th Wall," in which he discussed his jazz life, including co-producing a George Freeman album and leading his own band. After the interval, Bob's BMX Band co-band member Mike Zuppa gave us a wonderful drum demonstration that looked at the styles of various drummers from Zutty Singleton in the twenties up to Art Blakey in the sixties To top off the evening (or so we thought), the other BMX band members joined Bob and Mike to play a Nat Adderley tune for those present. BJS Member Marshall Vente also jammed a couple of tunes with another member, drummer Grant Strombeck. Check out the photos here.
SOCIETY DIARY 07/15/05 - 09/01/05
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