July 20  Tonight we again featured live jazz with our largest band yet, the seven-piece Safe Sax, which featured four saxophones and a three-man rhythm section. The band comprises Glenn Broadhead (clarinet/baritone sax/leader), Steve Koerner (soprano sax/tenor sax/flute), Jim Sunseri & Mario Mongello (alternated tenor sax duties), Herman Reyes (alto sax/tenor sax), Bill Reda guitar, Michael Daley (bass), Steve Magnone (drums). The band started to swing immediately with Frank Foster's Down for the Count kicking off the proceedings, followed by Shorty Roger's Coop De Graas and Horace Silver's seldom-heard Juicy Lucy. A rousing Four Brothers and a more sedate Daahoud led into some bebop in the shape of Out of Nowhere, before two more tunes from the pen of Shorty Rogers - Popo and Short Stop continued the big band swing theme.  We next went back to bebop with Bouncin’ with Bud and In Walked Bud before the tempo cooled with John Lewis' Afternoon in ParisSoultrane, Rubberneck and Hershey Bar led us into Duke Ellington's theme tune Take the A Train. Sy Oliver's big band tour de force Opus One brought the evening to a close. Check out the photographs here.

July 13  Tonight, trumpeter and big band enthusiast David Rovner gave an audio-visual presentation about his own all-time favorite trumpet player - Harry James. In "Wild About Harry" David discussed James' very interesting life and career. We were treated to some great musical gems, including Shine and Sugar Foot Stomp (both with Benny Goodman), September Song, Cornet Chop Suey and Corner Pocket. We also saw some of James' music performed on video, including excerpts from "Two Girls and a Sailor" (1944) and "The Ladies Man" (1961).

July 6  Live Jazz was again on the Society's menu this evening when we welcomed the Indiana based Monika Herzig Duo. Monika's beautiful keyboard sounds (she also provides an occasional vocal) are perfectly matched by her partner Peter Kienle's electric bass work. The first set commenced with the standard You Stepped Out of a Dream, which was followed by an original composition of Monika's titled Once Upon a Summer's Day. Carole King's pop tune You've got a Friend was next, before another original The Blues Must Go On really got the audience's attention. After several more beautiful tunes, another pop tune ended the first set, this time the composer was Carly Simon and the tune was You're So Vain. The Ellington big band classic Things Ain't What They Used to Be started the second half of the evening's performance, and this was followed by a number of fine duets before the tempo was raised for a great interpretation of Chick Corea's jazz-fusion classic La Fiesta which featured some upbeat piano from Monika and great funky bass lines from Peter. The evening ended with another jazz version of a pop tune, this time it was ex-Beatle John Lennon's Imagine that received the Herzig and Kienle treatment. Check out the photographs here.

July 4  Brookfield Jazz Society again participated in Brookfield's annual 4th of July Parade. After last year's initial entry into the parade, members were eager to improve our float's appearance..........and improve it we did, with signage made by Marc Kritzer and jazz posters and photographs etc. supplied by John Moscinski. The float vehicle was again kindly provided by Berthal Lewis Electrics, and members gave out candy and other items as the parade wound its way down Grand Boulevard to the Village Hall. Check out the photographs here.

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SOCIETY DIARY 06/30/06 - 07/20/06
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