April 19  This evening's presentation was titled "The Swing Revival of the Mid-to-Late 90s."  Lee Goode took a look at how Swing music had a revival in the mid-90's, albeit in a different form to the "original" Swing music of the 1930s and 1940s. Lee played a mixture of old and new tunes to demonstrate the difference between the two genres. Starting off with a couple of tunes by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, In the Mood and Beat Me Daddy (Eight to the Bar), we then heard music by modern day swing outfit Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, followed by early and modern versions of Jump, Jive and Wail by both the Louis Prima and the Brian Seltzer Orchestras.

April 12  Tonight we again featured live jazz on the menu. The band providing the entertainment was the Pullman Conductors of Jazz, a band that plays "Railroad Music" in Dixieland, Swing, Ragtime, Blues, and Jazz styles. Members heard a varied assortment of tunes that appealed to their musical palette. The band consists of Matt Puralewski (tuba/vocals), Jack Rusnak (cornet/vocals), Dennis Trainor (clarinet/tenor sax), Larry Rutan (banjo/guitar), and Kevin Mann (trombone/vocals). The evening started off with Just a Little While to Stay Here, followed by a steamin' version of Midnight Special that featured some nice trombone work by Kevin. Duke Ellington's Creole Love Call was next with Dennis playing clarinet. Shake that Thing featured the whole band on vocals, together with trombone, saxophone and tuba solos. Lonesome Railroad Blues brought the first set to a close.

The second half of the evening began with a Turk Murphy arrangement of Woody Guthrie's This Train featuring Kevin on vocals, and some fine solos by Dennis on saxophone and Larry on banjo. Dennis' clarinet and Jack's cornet were prominent on If I Only Had You, which was followed by South of the Border and a rousing Tiger Rag that featured some "dirty" trombone by Kevin and a vocal by Jack. The Bucket Has a Hole in It again showcased Jack's vocal work, together with trombone and clarinet solos. That old New Orleans classic Bourbon Street Parade, had some nice trombone from Kevin, and this led us into the final tune of the evening which was the ever-popular When the Saints Go Marching In, with a band vocal and trombone, clarinet and cornet solos. Check out the photographs here.

April 5  Tonight we were very fortunate to have a guest presenter, who is also a bandleader. Stephen Steinhaus fronts the English swing, jive and rhythm  big band "Dr. Teeth" who will be touring the States in May and June 2007. Stephen's presentation "Jazz Poetry and the Literature of the Blues" was full of wonderful poetry and anecdotes about his involvement with Dr. Teeth.

March 29  "Jazz and Big Bands on Video" – Bandleader Steve Cooper reprised his 2005 film show when he gave an excellent updated audio-visual presentation that featured the best of jazz and big band music from his extensive video collection.  Members were treated to clips from Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Don Ellis, Miles Davis, Bill Watrous, Jack Teagarden and many, many more. We even Saw late President Ronald Reagan introducing some of the musicians!

March 22  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.

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SOCIETY DIARY 03/16/07 - 04/19/07
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