June 7 Tonight regular presenter John Moscinski's topic was "Still Going Strong." John's audio-visual presentation focused on musician's from the bebop era that are still alive and playing today. John examined their careers and played examples of their past and current work. We watched video performances by saxophonists Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Lou Donaldson and Jimmy Heath, as well as pianists Dave Brubeck and Dr. Billy Taylor. We also listened to great jazz by Sonny Rollins, Bud Shank, Terry Gibbs and Clark Terry.
May 31 This evening, nostalgia buff Frank Slabinak gave a film presentation titled "Jazz in Film." As the title suggests, Frank's talk discussed the way that jazz was featureed in old film shorts and cartoons. Members enjoyed watching and listening to a variety of items, including two Popeye cartoons "Me Musical Nephews" and "Beware of Barnacle Bill," in which Popeye and Olive Oyl do a wonderful duet version of Barnacle Bill the Sailor. Another cartoon with great jazz in it was the Looney Tune's "Pizzicato Pussycat." We watched some great stuff tonight, including a number of pretty rare clips.
May 24 Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.
May 17 Tonight, Society President, Ian Tiele’s presentation was "A Jazz Tour of New York," in which he focused on jazz in the “Big Apple.” Ian discussed the evolution of jazz in the various boroughs of New York City, and he played music recorded at many of its famous jazz clubs and concert venues, such as the Cotton Club and Monroe's in Harlem, and the Village Vanguard, Royal Roost, Birdland, and Carnegie Hall in Manhattan. We listened to some great jazz by George Russell, Von Freeman, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Billie Holiday, and many other fine jazz artists.
May 10 This evening, we again presented live jazz, with Sue and Bill Pasquale making their third appearance for the Society. On the previous two occasions, Sue and Bill played with both a bass player and baritone saxophonist. This time, they performed as a vocal/guitar duo, with a slight change of repertoire from the bebop that the quartet normally played. The first set started with Blue Moon, followed by Duke Ellington's I'm Beginning to See the Light, and a great rendition of Frank Foster's Shiny Stockings, with some excellent guitar work by Bill. Sue's great vocal talent shined on Cole Porter's I Get a Kick Out of You and I Only Have Eyes for You. The pace slowed down for When Sonny Gets Blue, before the tempo again increased for I Can't Get Started and Sonny Rollins' bebop-influenced Doxy, two tunes that showed how well Sue and Bill complement each other. Another Duke Ellington composition Do Nothing 'Till You Hear from Me, was followed by a second Cole Porter tune in the shape of Night and Day, both with superb vocals and guitar. Green Dolphin Street, One Note Samba, and Miles Davis' Four brought the first half of the evening's entertainment to a close.
The second set commenced with Antonio Carlos Jobim's Girl from Ipanema, which really highlighted Sue's great voice. Next came two standards in Johnny Mercer's Blues in the Night and George Gershwin's Summertime. Gershwin kept the composing credits with Embraceable You, before the duo performed a beautiful version of Moonlight in Vermont. Bebop was again on the menu with Charlie Parker's Yardbird Suite, before the mood turned Latin with Desafinado. Perdido, Brazil and Bluesette, demonstrated what a great guitar player Bill is. The evening closed with a wild Honeysuckle Rose, which Sue gave an unusual bebop feel. Check out the photographs here.