January 26 The first part of the evening was a "Free and Easy Night." After the break, Jason Fustar presented a film called "Piano Blues" which was directed by Martin Scorcese. Clint Eastwood narrated and appeared with Ray Charles, and there were further contributions by Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum.

January 19 Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.

January 12  Jason Fustar's presentation was titled "Singin' the Blues." Jason took a look at the career of the legendary cornet player Bix Beiderbecke. Among the classic tracks that we listened to, were Tiger Rag and Singin'the Blues. We also heard In a Mist, which showcased Bix's talent as a piano player.

January 5  This evening, the Society held its first regular Thursday meeting in our new home in the Cottage at Irish Times, after our move from the Village Hall. Tonight's presentation was "California Dreamin’" by Society President Ian Tiele. Ian's talk centered on "west coast jazz," which is also known as "cool jazz". Heard was music by Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan , Shorty Rogers and others. We also watched vintage film clips of the Stan Kenton Orchestra and the Jimmy Giuffre Trio.

December 29  Tonight was again a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.

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

December 15 Tonight was our first Christmas Party and Society members were soon in the party spirit, and enjoying some jazz-themed party games and quizzes. The main attraction of the evening though, was to be the live music. Club President Ian Tiele managed to obtain the services of a young man who is fast becoming a star of the Chicago jazz scene, guitarist Isaiah Sharkey. Isaiah’s band goes under the name of Isaiah Sharkey and the Family Tree, and on this night, the band featured his father Michael on keyboards and his brother Alonzo at the drums.

The music commenced with a couple of original band compositions, followed by Moonlighting, the theme from the popular eighties television series of the same name, it is also to be found on the band’s latest CD release “Skyliner”. A change of pace and style highlighted Michael’s vocal skills on the seasonally appropriate Christmas Song, before the audience was treated to another great blues to end the first set, this time it was B.B. King’s How Blue Can You Get that got the Sharkey treatment.

The mood turned Latin, as the second part of the evening kicked off with another band original in School Daze, followed by an impromptu jam session, as the members of the Family Tree were joined by vocalist Summer Kwai and trombonist Charlie Cosgrave. The number chosen was the sixties bossa nova hit The Girl from Ipanema. Summer stayed on the bandstand to give a wonderful vocal rendition of Gershwin’s Summertime, before the band again reverted to a trio format to give John Coltrane’s Giant Steps a real workout. Charlie rejoined the band for Wes Montgomery's Jingles, and produced yet another fine solo, as did Isaiah on guitar. The evening drew to a close with yet another band original, in the form of the title track of their CD Skyliner. A great time was had by all. Check out the photographs here

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