May 3 Tonight's presentation was titled "My Life in Jazz." Special guest presenter Brad Wheeler is a prominent Chicago musician who talked about his life and career in the jazz world. He is one of Chicago’s finest saxophonists, who also plays clarinet and flute. Brad is also a fine composer, arranger and educator, who has performed with the likes of Mose Allison, Kurt Elling, Von Freeman, Johnny Griffin, and Joe Williams. Mr. Wheeler talked about his life as a jazz musician, including a stint in Paris, France, where he taught during the day and played jazz at night. Brad also played various selections of his music recorded throughout his career.
April 26 Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.
April 21 Tonight was Jazz-O-Rama 2007. The Society in conjunction with Irish Times Pub and Restaurant, presented live Saturday night jazz in the main bar area of Irish Times. The chosen band was Central Standard Jazz, who had played for us in the Cottage last year, when they were known as the Joe Cirincione Quartet. The band have now expanded to a quintet with the addition of a trombone to the line up. The new personnel is Joe Cirrincione (tenor and soprano saxophones/flute), Phil Barrish (keyboards), Derek Macioch (trombone), Paul Young (accoustic and electric bass), and Nick Moore (drums and percussion).
The band started the evening with Tadd Dameron's Ladybird and Kenny Dorham's Blue Bossa. The Jerome Kern standard All the Things You Are featured Joe's excellent soprano saxophone. Another standard in Cole Porter's Night and Day preceded Miles Davis' All Blues, again with Joe featured on soprano. The tempo diminished as the band gave a graceful rendition of As Time Goes By, only to increase again for Frank Foster's ever-popular Shiny Stockings. Herbie Hancock's genteel Dolphin Dance led into the pop standard The Night has a Thousand Eyes and jazz the standard Green Dolphin Street. Wayne Shorter's El Gaucho is a tune that is seldom played by other bands, despite being a hard bop classic.....Central Standard jazz did an excellent job of keeping the composition alive.
Alone Together, Freddie Hubbard's Up Jumped Spring and Oliver Nelson's often-recorded Stolen Moments kept the momentum going. The band gave a superb rendition of George Gershwin's A Foggy Day, before playing an original composition of keyboard player Phil Barrish titled Black and White. Body and Soul and Thelonious Monk's Blue Monk were next on the agenda leading up to Henry Mancini's Days of Wine and Roses, which was the penultimate tune of the evening. Duke Ellington's Don't Get Around Much Anymore closed the night's procedings with some fine soprano sax from Joe. Check out the photographs here.
SOCIETY DIARY 04/20/07 - 05/03/07
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