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

July 19   This evening, we again presented live jazz, with the musical entertainment being provided by the Shawn Maxwell Quartet. The band is made up of Shawn Maxwell (saxophones/clarinet/flute), Matt Nelson (piano), Graham Czach (bass), and Brandon Dickert (drums). The band is one of the more original bands that have played in the Cottage....playing a large number of original tunes, as well as their own interpretations of several jazz classics. The evening started off with Beautiful Love, followed by an original composition titled Mr. Strongbow. Next on the agenda was Groovy Samba which featured Shawn on flute and Brandon on drums. Another original composition The Sixth was heard before the band broke into a rousing version of Duke Ellington's Take the A Train with Shawn soloing on clarinet and Matt doing fine work at the keyboard. Another original Dangerous Curve, preceded Horace Silver's classic soul-jazz masterpiece The Preacher. Thad Jones' beautiful A Child is Born featured Shawn on the flute, while Sonny Rollins' Caribbean influenced St. Thomas had great solos by all the band members. Up next was another original called Clayton's Carnival, with Shawn again switching to clarinet. Pat Metheny's James and Tadd Dameron's Ladybird brought a great evening to a close with some excellent soloing by the entire group.  Check out the photographs here.

July 12  This evening, guest speaker Joe Califano's presentation was tiles "Some of Today's Straight Ahead Guitar Players." As the title suggests, we listened to a wealth of guitar music, including tracks from Ron Affif, Jimmy Bruno, Martin Taylor, Barry Greene, Paul Bollenbach, Frank Vignola, Gene Bertoncini, Mike Cea, Howard Alden, and Randy Johnston.

July 5  Tonight was a big screen "Jazz Movie Night." Featured two films about the great west coast saxophone player Art Pepper. The first movie was "Notes from a Jazz Survivor" which was a documentary about Pepper's life, career and music. The second film was a 1964 Art Pepper television performance from the classic "Jazz Casual" series.

July 4  Today, the Society participated in Brookfield's annual 4th of July Parade for the third time. The float was again donated by Berthal Lewis Electric. Members dressed the float and installed a huge speaker to play jazz along the parade route.....we really got the residents dancing! Click here to see the photographs.

June 28  Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.

June 21  This evening, regular presenter and Society big band expert David Rovner's presentation discussed the life and career of high-note trumpet specialist and bandleader, Maynard Ferguson. David's presentation was title "MF Horn:The Maynard Ferguson Story", and throughout the evening we listened to some great big band jazz including Over the Rainbow, Maria, Four and I Can't Get Started, which showed off Maynard's vocal talents, as well as his trumpet skills.

June 14  Tonight, guest presenter/musician Leigh Meador took an audio-visual look at those wonderful masters of bop, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. A band that existed for more than three decades with ever-changing personnel  that kept the “Messengers” sound alive and vibrant. We listened to some great music, including Wee Dot, which was recorded live at Birdland in New York, Ray Noble's Cherokee with Clifford Brown on trumpet, Bobby Timmons' Moanin' with the composer at the piano and When Love is New featuring Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter. Among the video clip played were I remember Clifford, with the composer Benny Golson on tenor saxophone and A Night in Tunisia.

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SOCIETY DIARY 06/08/07 - 07/26/07
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