October 12 This evening, the Cottage was again rocking to the sound of live jazz, when the New Standard Quartet was the guest band. The quartet comprises Tom Vaitsas (keyboards), Ken Partyka (saxophones), Pat Fleming (guitar), and Rick Vitek (drums). The band commenced with Jerome Kern's standard All the Things You Are, which was followed by a more contemporary composition in Miles Davis' So What, which showcased all the member's of the group. John Coltrane's beautiful Naima was performed with panache, before the tempo was increased and bebop was added to the menu with Charlie Parker's tour-de-force Scrapple from the Apple. Another pair of standards in the shape of the haunting Invitation and Jerome Kern's The Song is You, both featuring Ken on alto saxophone, brought the first set to a close.

The second half of the evening started with Bernie's Tune and a beautiful rendition of Body and Soul, with a fine saxophone solo by Ken. Duke Ellington's Caravan led the quartet into the Matt Dennis standard Angel Eyes, before the evening came to a close with yet another beautiful standard in Just Friends. The Society's members and guests thoroughly enjoyed the band's extremely diverse repertoire. Raw emotion, a deep groove, and genuine fun were all elements that helped make this performance such a great one. So much so, that the quartet received a standing ovation from the capacity audience. Check out the photographs here.

October 5 Tonight's presentation was titled "Jazz Mythbuster." Our resident trombone man Charlie Cosgrove, gave an audio-visual presntation that dispelled several myths about certain jazzmen including trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong. Charlie also discussed trombonist Jack Teagarden, and demonstrated some of Teagarden's techniques on his own 'bone.

September 28 This evening, was  a "Bring a DVD/VHS Tape Night." Members were invited to bring a jazz DVD or video tape and play a selection(s) on the big screen, and discuss it with the other members and guests.

September 21 Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.

September 17 Brookfield Village held its first ever jazz festival with its "Jazz in the Park," which was held in Kiwanis Park. The BJS's President, Ian Tiele emceed the event, and selected the day's program, which featured four different genres of jazz. The John Burnett Swing Orchestra kicked off things with big some band swing, and this was followed by the Chicago Mob Dixieland Band. Next was the contemporary jazz of the Andreas Kapsalis Trio, and finally we had the latin sounds of Marshall Vente's Tropicale. Due to the unfortunate adverse weather conditions, the bands were moved downstairs into the Village Hall, after the first set. You can check out the photographs of the event by clicking here.

September 14 Society President Ian Tiele took over the presenter's chair this evening, when he entertained members and guests (including pianist Marshall Vente), with a talk titled "The Blue Note Story." Ian's presentaion featured music by such diverse artists as Sidney Bechet, Meade Lux Lewis, Horace Silver and Wayne Shorter, as well as organists "Big" John Patton and Jimmy Smith. Among the tracks heard during the evening were Thelonious Monk's Epistrophy, featuring Milt Jackson on vibes, and Herbie Hancock's Cantaloupe Island.

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