December 7  Big band music was on the menu tonight, as our own resident big band expert David Rovner, gave a presentation titled "Woody Herman and his Thundering Herds." David traced the history of Woody Herman's famous "Thundering Herds," a number of his swing bands that started in 1944, and kept playing (with ever-changing personnel) up to the late eighties. We heard such classics as Your Father's Mustache, Blue Flame (Woody's theme tune), Four Brothers, and a rousing Caldonia, complete with vocal by the leader himself.

November 30  This evening, was  a "Jazz Movie Night." The film shown was Bernard Tavernier's awarding winning 1986 film "'Round Midnight" which features tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon in the leading role. Other jazz notables in the cast include Herbie Hancock, who also provided the superb music score.

November 23  Thanksgiving - no meeting.

November 16  Tonight was another live jazz night. The band providing the music was the Joe Cirrincione Quartet (also known as Central Standard Jazz). The band personnel is Joe Cirrincione (tenor and soprano saxophones/flute), Phil Barrish (keyboards), Paul Young (accoustic and electric bass), and Nick Moore (drums and percussion). The first set started with Cole Porter's Night and Day and the standard All of Me. Next came a great rendition of Black Orpheus, which featured a great bass solo by Paul. Fly Me to the Moon and an original composition by keyboard player Phil Barrish titled Black and White came next, followed by a storming version of Miles Davis' All Blues, with some great sax work from Joe. Bewitched, Meditation and Tadd Dameron's Ladybird were next on the musical menu, before Kenny Dorham's Blue Bossa again featured some nice bass by Paul. The classic jazz anthem How High the Moon led into a relaxed rendition of Herbie Hancock's Dolphin Dance, which showcased Joe on soprano sax and Phil on keyboards. The tempo increased with In a Mellow Tone, before a rousing version of Jerome Kern's All the Things You Are, and the timeless As Time Goes By, brought us into another up tempo number in the shape of Wayne Shorter's El Gaucho. The evening continued with Gentle Rain, My One and Only Love, and another Phil Barrish original Gosha. George Gershwin's A Foggy Day brought a wonderful evening to a close. Check out the photographs here.

November 9  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.

November 2  Tonight's live jazz entertainment was provided by the Leigh Meador Organ Trio. The trio comprises Leigh Meador (organ), Carlos Vega (flute & saxophones), and Gene Sterling (drums). Leigh Meador is a breath of fresh air on today's jazz scene....not only is she young, attractive and intelligent, but she plays jazz the way it is meant to be played. The trio commenced the first set with an original composition by Leigh in Who Wants to Alone, with solos by Carlos on tenor saxophone and Leigh on organ. Carlos soloed on flute on Bebe, which had a Brazilian feel to it. Diane, an original composition by drummer Gene Sterling, was followed by Weather Wise and the beautiful Johnny Mandel tune Emily, which closed out the first half of the evening. Thad Jones' Three in One started the second set, and this was followed by Good Morning Sunshine, which showcased Leigh's organ work. Several more classic compositions, including some originals, brought us up to a wonderful version of the Milton Nascimento Latin masterpiece Vera Cruz. Dance for Lise brought a wonderful evening to a close. Check out the photos here.

October 26  Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.

October 19 Tonight was a "Jazz Movie Night." Members and guests watched the 1988 Clint Eastwood directed film "Bird." The movie depicts the life of the legendary Charlie Parker, with Forest Whitaker in the title role and Samuel E. Wright playing Dizzy Gillespie.

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