June 29 Lee Goode's presentation was titled "Deep Ellum – An on Again Off Again Celebration of Jazz, Blues and Alternative Music.” Deep Ellum is an entertainment and arts district, east of downtown Dallas, Texas. The area was originally a "freedmens'" town occupied by former slaves. Many famous jazz and blues musicians have played in the area over the years, including Blind Lemon Jefferson, "Lightnin'" Hopkins and Leadbelly, who played there in the twenties. Among some wonderful music played by Lee, were a couple of versions of Deep Ellum Blues, a tune, as the title suggests, written about the area. Deep Ellum began to deteriorate in the late forties and it was not until the early nineties that the area underwent a revival, and became a trendy place to live, and to visit to hear good music.
June 22 Tonight was a "Jazz Movie Night," The film was "Ray" which was about the life and career of the great pianist and blues vocalist Ray Charles. This 2004 film featured a wealth of Charles' music, and stared Jamie Foxx in the title role.
June 15 Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.
June 8 Tonight we featured live jazz with the return to the Society of Sue Pasquale and Friends. As well as Sue's vocals, the band included husband Bill (guitar), Dave Poe (baritone saxophone) and Mark Neuenschwander (bass). The "Friends" started off with an instrumental version of Milt Jackson's Bags' Groove that featured the mellow baritone of Dave Poe and beautiful guitar work of Bill, before Sue joined in to supply the vocals on the standard Night and Day. Sonny Rollins' Doxy was next, followed by Gerry Mulligan's Line for Lyons, a tune that is featured on Sue's latest CD release "Mostly Bop." A beautiful Bill Pasquale original You Said You Couldn't Dance, which is also on the new CD, led the band into Grooveyard and a wonderful version of Dizzy Gillespie's bop classic A Night in Tunisia, that was a perfect vehicle for Sue's superb bebop vocals. On a Clear Day and a rousing Route 66, that featured a "walking bass" intro by Mark, ended the first set.
The second half of the evening's entertainment commenced with another standard in Here's That Rainy Day. George Gershwin's ageless Summertime and a rarely heard I Keep Goin' Back to Joe's were the next tunes to get the Pasquale treatment, before an unusual bopped-up version of Fats Waller's Honeysuckle Rose showcased Ms. Pasquale's vocal originality. Another tune from the new CD was Stolen Moments, an Oliver Nelson composition that rarely gets the vocal treatment. A stupendous Dave Poe solo on Duke Ellington's theme tune Take the A Train was the penultimate number of the evening, preceding Miles Davis' Four, which is another tune that usually is played only as an instrumental. This final tune highlighted Bill's superior guitar playing. Check out the photographs here.
June 1 Tonight was a another "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.
May 25 This evening was a another "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.
SOCIETY DIARY 05/19/06 - 06/29/06
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