January 11 Live jazz was tonight's attraction, when we invited the Chris Greene Quartet to provide the evening's music. Since the Society began holding live jazz sessions in September 2005, we have had some tremendous bands play for us, but only a few have had the musical energy that this band does. The quartet consists of Chris Greene (tenor and soprano saxophones), Damian Espinosa (piano), Marc Piane (acoustic bass), and Tyrone Blair (drums). The session started out with the jazz classic Bernies Tune, which was followed up with the standard Autumn Leaves. Black Orpheus (also known as A Day in the Life of a Fool) came next with its Latin jazz theme, before the pace slowed right down for Duke Ellington's In a Sentimental Mood, which featured some moody tenor saxophone from Chris. The first set ended with one of Chris' original composition Take Care of Yourself that featured great solos by the entire band.
After the intermission, we heard another standard in Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise and another Duke Ellington composition Caravan, the latter featuring some great bass work by Marc and superb solos from Chris, Damian and Tyrone. Turrentine and several other tunes were heard, including a Hank Williams number, before the band launched into an extended version of Stevie Wonder's Boogie On, Reggae Woman which brought the evening to a close (and the audience to their feet). Check out the photographs here.
January 4 This evening's presentation was "Satchmo." Regular presenter Jason Fustar discussed the life and career of the legendary cornet/trumpet player Louis Armstrong. From his humble beginnings in New Orleans, Louis became a legend - first on cornet, and then on trumpet. He also became almost as well known for his unusual vocal stylings, as he originally was for his horn playing. We listened to some great music, including Dippermouth Blues, West End Blues, and Honeysuckle Rose, as well as Hello Dolly and Its a Wonderful World from his latter more commercial period.
December 28 Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.
December 21 This evening was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.
December 14 Tonight was the annual Society Christmas Party. Of course, live jazz was the order of the day, and who better to provide the music than the Andreas Kapsalis Trio, who were making their second appearance in the Cottage. There was plenty of fun and spot prizes during the evening, and an auction for a WDCB Radio "Goody Bag" proving popular with the members and guests in attendance. The Trio comprises Andreas Kapsalis (guitar), Jamie Gallagher (drums), and Darren Garvey (percussion).
The trio commenced with Dave Brubeck's classic Blue Rondo a la Turk, which (like most of the band's music) reached a fervent pitch right from the start. No Name, a brand new composition, which still has no official title, featured Andreas' superb guitar and Darren playing a variety of percussion instruments, including the orchestra bells. Cubist and Laura kept the music flowing, before another totally new composition, as yet unamed, gave one the feeling of a silent movie accompaniment from the twenties, albeit done in the trio's current-millenium style. Ethnic Cleansing is an unusual named tune that the band performed with great vigor, before the evening came to a close with an exciting version of the Charlie Brown Theme from the television cartoon series Peanuts. Check out the photographs here.
SOCIETY DIARY 12/08/06 - 01/11/07
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