March 2 This evening, Ian Tiele's presentation was called "Mingus, the Man and His Music." The talk looked at the career of a true jazz genius, a man whose work stands comparison with any of the jazz greats.........Charles Mingus. Mingus was not only a great bass player, but a tremendous composer and arranger. We listened to music from his early days with Red Norvo, through the bebop era with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, to his work with his own "Jazz Workshop" bands. Ian also played Devil Blues, a 1975 video performance from the Montreux Jazz Festival.
February 23 Tonight was a DVD Movie Night. The presenter for this evening was Jason Fustar, who shared one of his great blues videos "Godfathers and Sons," a film by Marc Levin. The presentation featured Paul Butterfield, Bo Diddley, Pinetop Perkins, Otis Rush, Magic Slim and many more blues legends.
February 19 Normally, the Society's live events are scheduled for Thursday's. However, this Sunday, the Society in conjunction with Irish Times, held the "Big Easy Fundraiser" charity event to help two families in New Orleans, whose lives were seriously affected by last year’s hurricanes. There was continuous live jazz and blues in both the bar area and the Cottage for five straight hours. A total of seven bands donated their services for the day, including the wonderful duet of vocalist Summer Kwai and guitarist Steve Koerber, the Robyn Vitson Quartet, the Jazz Lizards, and the Senor Fox Trio. The day raised over $13,000 for this worthy cause. Check out the photographs here. February 16 This evening was a live jazz night, featuring a session by the Andreas Kapsalis Trio. This event attracted a record audience to the Cottage. Andreas, had just returned from a successful trip to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where his music score for the film Black Gold was being premiered. The tightly-knit trio consists of Andreas on acoustic guitar, Jamie Gallagher on drums, and Darren Garvey on various percussion instruments. Their mix of jazz, Mediterranean and eastern European influences combine to produce a very unique sound indeed, one that cannot be categorized. Society members were mesmerized by the intensity of the playing, which at certain stages of the evening, you could actually have heard a pin drop, as the entire audience followed every nuance of the music. The trio also has a varied repertoire, mixing a number of original compositions from their latest CD, such as Lava, Cubist and Nubian with the likes of Dave Brubeck’s Blue Rondo a la Turk and Pink Floyd’s rock anthem Money. To end the evening the trio finished with a tour-de-force in the form of El Mariachi, another original composition by Andreas, that sent everyone home very happy indeed. Check out the photographs here
February 9 Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.
February 2 For tonight's presentation, John Moscinski's chosen topic was "And Now for Something Completely Different." We listened to jazz performances on unusual instruments, including the manzillo, harmonica, contrabass saxophone, accordion and sea shells. We heard music by Stephane Grappelli, Art Van Damme, Steve Turre, Scott Robinson and multi-reedman Roland Kirk, who could play three reed instruments at once.
SOCIETY DIARY 01/27/06 - 03/02/06
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