April 20  This evenings presentaion was by Society stalwart Lee Goode. Lee's chosen topic was "Texas Jazz." This subject is close to Lee's heart, as Texas is his home state. We listened to music by some well-known jazz mucicians such as Jack Teagarden, Eddie Durham and guitarist Charlie Christian, who had set the jazz world alight during his extremely short career. We heard a couple of tracks by Christian recorded at Minton's Playhouse in Harlem, which were among the first bebop tunes recorded. Among the the lesser-known bands discussed was Peck's Bad Boys, who were led by Peck Kelley and consisted mostly of musicians from the East Texas area. Also heard from was bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown who was born in Louisiana but raised in Orange, Texas.

April 13 Tonight's presentation was titled "The Clifford Brown Story." Jason Fustar discussed the short but productive life of this great trumpet player, who was tragically killed in a car crash at a very young age. Jason played some classic tracks, including Cherokee, Donna Lee and Dahhoud. Also heard was a rare early piece of Brown playing rhythm and blues with Chris Powell and his Blue Flames.

April 6  In his presentation "Today's Women in Jazz," John Moscinski took a look at some of the talented divas who are singing and playing on the jazz scene today. John's informative talk brought a number of excellent female musicians to our attention, including Shelly Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, who were heard playing a number called Swing that Music, which featured the tremendous all-girl big band. Diane Delin, Virginia Mayhew and Ingrid Jensen, were some of the other lesser-known artists that we listened to, while veteran pianists Mary Lou Williams and Marian McPartland also made an audiophonic appearance.

March 30  This evening was special, it was the Society's First Anniversary Party. Originally, we were to be entertained by Isaiah Sharkey and the Family Tree, but illness to the band's Michael Sharkey prevented their playing. A last-minute replacement was found in local guitarist Jeff Kust, whose latin style guitar work was a huge hit with the capacity audience. Jeff played several of his own compositions, including The Faces of Bahia and Que Pasa Cid? plus a number of other latin-based compositions, such as Estrellita and Venezuelan Waltz, two tunes that are featured on his latest CD release "Jeff Kust." Local diva Summer Kwai also joined Jeff for a couple of numbers. The night that nearly did not happen, ended up a great success! Check out the photographs here.

March 23  Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.

March 16  Due to illness, we had a substitute presentation this evening. Society President, Ian Tiele stepped into the firing line to give a hastily prepared talk tiltled "What’s in a Name" Ian played a selection of tracks that were written for or about specific people. Members enjoyed a wide variety of jazz styles including Chick Corea's Pannonica, Dave Brubeck's The Duke and Bill Evan's beautiful Waltz for Debby.

March 9  Our resident trombonist Charlie Cosgrove’s presentation was titled "A Look at Modal Jazz." Charlie brought his trombone along to help demonstate what this exciting form of jazz is all about. Charlie's talks are always informative and enjoyable, this one was no exception. The music we listened to included tracks by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Shorty Rogers.

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