May 18 Tonight we again featured live jazz, this time the music was provided by Charlie Cosgrove and Friends. BJS member Charlie has regularly brought his trombone to our gigs and jammed, but this is the first time that he has brought his own band to play for us. As well as Charlie's trombone, the quintet featured Sonny Tripp on tenor saxophone, Phil Patterson on piano, Lisa Kleis on bass and Chris Bell at the drums. The evening kicked off with Soon, followed by the classic standard Autumn Leaves. The mood changed to Latin with a superb rendition of Luis Bonfa's excellent Samba D'Orfeu. Sonny took a break while Charlie's trombone skills were featured on the lovely ballad I Thought About You, before rejoining the band to end the first set with Cole Porter's Love For Sale. After the intermission, the second set commenced with some bebop in the shape of Charlie Parker's Confirmation that featured some great interplay between Sonny and Charlie. We listened to the rarely heard Five Spot After Dark before Society diva Summer Kwai joined the group as guest vocalist, returning the compliment to Charlie who had guested on Summer's April Jazz-O-Rama gig. Appropriately, the band launched into George Gershwin's Summertime which highlighted Summer's beautiful voice. Charlie and Summer exited the stage to allow Sonny to shine on the beautiful ballad Say It Over and Over Again before the evening ended with Just Friends that featured a great bass solo by Lisa. Check out the photographs here.

May 11 Tonight's presentation was "BeBop Spoken Here" by Society President Ian Tiele. Ian's talk concentrated mostly on the classic years of bebop between 1944-1949. The presentation featured music by Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk of the better known boppers, and also tracks by several musician's who had  jumped on the bebop bandwagon, such as big band leaders Charlie Barnett, Stan Kenton and Benny Goodman. We also heard a Gil Evans arrangement of Charlie Parker's Thrivin' on a Riff, performed by the Claude Thornhill Orchestra.

May 4  Tonight's live music was provided by the J3 Intent, a trio consisting of Justin Gruby on saxophones and percussion, Jeff Rendlen on bass and Jason Haaheim at the drums. The show kicked off with some well-known bop classics including Blue Bossa and Miles Davis' All Blues, The latter starting with some haunting alto work from Justin, before he switched to the fuller sound of the baritone and finally the conga drums. Dave Brubeck’s timeless Take Five was next up before those in attendance were treated to one of Jeff’s original compositions titled Saints in the Trees. What made this extra special was the fact that is was being performed live for the first time this evening. A ballad in the form of In a Sentimental Mood was a perfect vehicle for Justin to further demonstrate his baritone skills. Any sentimentality left the room, as Jeff’s funky bass lines introduced Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man. Justin joined in on alto and the trio just cooked up a storm, before the set ended with Dizzy Gillespie’s tour de force A Night in Tunisia, another classic given the J3 branding. John Coltrane’s Mr. PC was selected to start the second set, with Justin playing the melody on baritone sax and developing some magnificent interplay with the superb bass and drum work of Jeff and Jason. For the next piece, Dave Brubeck was again the composer with the trio completely reinventing his Blue Rondo a la Turk. The evening came to an end with two Wayne Shorter compositions in the shape of Footprints and Witch Hunt which were both given the J3 treatment. Check out the photographs here.

April 27  Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.

April 22  The Brookfield Jazz Society in conjunction with Irish Times, presented Summer Kwai and Her Trio in concert in the Irish Times main bar area. The Saturday night crowd enjoyed this all-girl group featuring Summer on vocals, Chichi Armstrong on piano, Lisa Kleis on bass, and Sarah Allen at the drums. The music was a mixture of jazz standards, such as George Gershwin's Summertime, bossa nova in the form of The Girl from Ipanema, and modern jazz featuring a rather unusual version of Miles Davis's All Blues. During the evening, Summer was joined by guest musicians Charlie Cosgrove (trombone), Steve Koerber (guitar), and Ed Petrella (drums). Check out the photographs here.

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SOCIETY DIARY 04/21/06 - 05/18/06
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