December 8  Meeting canceled due to snow.

December 1 Tonight, our resident trombonist Charlie Cosgrove took a look at what emerged when jazz legends Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke visited Chicago during the 1920's. Charlie gave a wonderful presentation that included a good selection of music from the two horn players, intermixed with his own demonstrations of their music on the piano. At the end of the evening, Society member Bob Sullivan, read a moving poem about Bix.

November 24  No meeting - Thanksgiving.

November 17 John Moscinski's presentation was titled "Maybe You Haven't Heard.......". John introduced us to a number of talented jazz musicians that we may not have previously come across. The excellent music included tracks from pianist Shelly Berg, The Clayton Brothers, guitarist Henry Johnson and bass player/vocalist Jay Leonhart.

November 10 Tonight Sue Pasquale provided our live entertainment.  Sue differs from most other vocalists, in that her main forte is the bebop idiom, although she can sing any style of jazz with complete ease. Accompanying Sue were her “Friends,” consisting of husband Bill on guitar, Dave Poe on Baritone saxophone and Steve Hart on bass, a combination of instruments that works extremely well.

The music started with just the trio playing Milt Jackson’s classic bebop anthem Bags’ Groove, which paved the way for Sue to join in on Duke Ellington’s lovely I’m Beginning to See the Light. Next came a rare vocal version of Sonny Rollins’ Doxy, with a particularly nice bowed-bass solo by Steve. We returned to bebop, with a superb band performance of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird Suite, before the first set ended with another unusual vocal choice in Miles Davis’ Four, which was a perfect vehicle for Ms. Pasquale’s dulcet tones.

After the intermission, we heard a rousing version of How High the Moon, that would have made Ella Fitzgerald proud, followed by a wonderful interpretation of Frank Foster’s Shiny Stockings, again featuring good bowed-bass work by Steve Hart. After great renditions of Stockholm Sweetnin’ and George Gershwin’s Summertime, both with excellent guitar and baritone sax work, the evening drew to a close. Check out the photographs here.

November 3 Tonight's meeting had a definate eastern European flavor, as Jerry Jirek gave us a look into the jazz scene in his country of Czechoslovakia. While most of the bands that Jerry played are unknown in the USA, the standard of musicianship is never the less excellent. Bands such as Karel Slavik and His Blue Music, Emil Ludvik, and Gustav Brom laid down some great sounds. We also heard a tremendous rendition of Lullaby of Broadway by R. A. Dvorsky's Orchestra from 1940 and a rousing Muskrat Ramble performed by the Czech Jazz Club.

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