September 29 Tonight, guest presenter trumpeter/valve trombonist Franc De Muynck talked about his career as a jobbing musician, which started in Kansas City in the thirties. Franc has seen and heard some of the greatest jazz musicians and vocalists ever, including the genius of the alto saxophone Charlie Parker and a sixteen year old Ella Fitzgerald, who was just then starting out with the Chick Webb Orchestra. Members were enthralled by Franc's memories and anecdotes, which covered around seventy years of jazz knowledge. Also heard was some great jazz music, including tracks of Franc and his vocalist wife performing together on some personal tapes and also a track by his brother Marshall. A great night and a great guy! Click here to see the photographs.

September 22 Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.

September 15 Jerry Jirek treated members to a video presentation on the life of the great jazz trumpeter and vocalist Louis Armstrong. We heard about his early career, when he played on the Mississippi riverboats with Fate Marable, and then with King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band in Chicago. Louis soon was leading his own band, and he received great acclaim playing with his many "All-Star" bands. We heard some great music throughout the evening, including selections throughout Satchmo's career, including the classic twenties West End Blues and the commercially successful sixties show tune Hello Dolly.

September 8 On a balmy summer evening, the sound of jazz was in the air, when the Society moved its regular weekly session across the railroad tracks from our regular home at the Village Hall, to the Cottage in Irish Times Pub and Restaurant. The occasion was the Society's first ever live gig and the Grant Strombeck Trio was selected to provide the musical entertainment. Drummer Grant was accompanied by Ron Brown on string bass and Jim Sellers at the piano.

Members and guests turned out in force for the event, and the Cottage was soon filled to capacity, with an overflow of people talking advantage of both the sounds and the weather in the adjacent beer garden. There was electricity in the air right from the start, with the band playing a selection of superb jazz, including the Charlie Parker bop anthem Now's the Time and Dave Brubeck's In your Own Sweet Way.

Things really got cooking in the second set, with the trio laying down some excellent sounds. Just as it was thought that things could get no better, pianist and WDCB radio presenter Marshall Vente, temporarily took over at the piano, while vocalist extraordinaire, Summer Kwai, added her voice to what became an impromtu jam session. The appreciative audience were treated to some great improvised music, including Wave and Corcovado, a couple of Brazilian jazz standards from the pen of Antonio Carlos Jobim. For the rest of the session, Jim and Marshall alternated at the piano, and the wonderful sounds continued way past the scheduled finish time. To use an overworked cliche, a wonderful time was had by all. Check out the photos here.

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SOCIETY DIARY 09/02/05 - 09/29/05
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