October 27 This meeting was a DVD Movie Night, and Jason Fustar was the presenter for the second week running. Tonight he showed two great films, "On The Road with Duke Ellington" and the Norman Granz produced "Count Basie: Montreux Jam '75," recorded as the name suggests, at the 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival.
October 20 Chicago Blues was the order of the day, as Jason Fustar gave a wonderful presentation aptly titled Windy City Blues, which featured many of the great exponents of this style who chose to live and work in Chicago. Members heard selections from many great bluesmen, including Big Maceo Merriweather, Tampa Red and Elmore James. We heard about Buddy Guy's Chicago "Legends" club and then listened to some cuts by the great guitarist himself. Some of the other blues artists to grace the local scene (and Jason's talk), included Muddy Waters and Howlin'Wolf, who aquitted themselves well on several classic recordings.
October 13 Tonight was British Night. Ian Tiele's presentation was titled "Jazz in England 1919-1960," and the Society had it's first "Guest of Honor," in bandleader and WDCB radio host John Burnett aka "The British Buddy," who like Ian, also hails from England. Ian played music by many superb English bands including Eccentric by the Savoy Orpheans, Fascinatin' Rhythm by Nat Gonella and His Georgians, and Coleman Hawkins' Mop Mop, featuring the excellent drum work of multi-instrumentalist Victor Feldman. Members were also treated to a short presentation from John, who talked about his British upbringing, and his successful musical careers in both England and the USA.
October 6 The leaves falling from the trees are rich with autumnal color, and on this evening, the weather in Brookfield was definately a bit on the cooler side, Fall having truely arrived. However, that wasn't the case if you were downtown at the Cottage, where the temperature was sizzling. The reason for this sudden climatic change, was the appearance of the ever-popular pianist, bandleader, and WDCB radio host Marshall Vente, who was performing for the Society with a trio that featured co-leader and bass virtuoso Eldee Young, and the dynamic Isi Perez on drums. This gig was extra special, as it was Eldee's last performance in the USA for several months.
The evening started with a varied selection of pieces including Irving Berlin's Cheek to Cheek and the popular standard There is No Greater Love. The mood changed as the trio kicked into some bossa nova with a superb rendition of Antonio Carlos Jobim's Meditation, which featured some fine hummed bowed-bass by Eldee Young, in the unusual style of of the late great Slam Stewart. Marshall decided to show off his own unique vocal talents on the amusing TV Blues, while Eldee took over the vocal responsibilities on the diverse Mona Lisa and C.C. Rider, which also featured plenty of Marshall's excellent keyboard work, and some crisp drumming from Isi Perez.
After the interval, the audience was treated to a further mix of jazz standards and originals. A couple of classics featured were The In Crowd and Wade in the Water, a pair of jazz tunes made famous when Ramsey Lewis actually topped the pop music charts in the sixties. The evening ended all too soon for the appreciative crowd, who all departed into the cool night air in good humor. Check out the photographs here.