September 6 This evening, Society stalwart and big band expert David Rovner's presentation was titled "Pete and Conte: The Brothers Candoli." Pete and Conte Candoli are both trumpet players who have performed with some of the greatest bands on the west coast, as well as playing together and with their own bands. David's selection of music included Splanky, A-Lue-Cha, A Night in Tunisia, Jitterbug Waltz, and St. Thomas.
August 30 This evening was a Jazz Movie Night featuring the film "Monterey Jazz Festival - 40 Glorious Years." Those in attendance watched a great movie that celebrated 40 years of the of the wonderful Californian jazz festival that started in the 1950's. Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Dave Brubeck were among the excellent musicians that were seen performing throughout the four decades.
August 23 Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.
August 16 Tonight Society President Ian Tiele gave an audio-visual presentation titled "Interpretations of Thelonious." Ian started off playing the Thelonious Monk Quartet's Ruby My Dear, recorded live at the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival. Apart from this track and a behind-the-scenes video segment of Monk on the big screen, Ian concentrated his talk on Monk's compositions and the way they are performed by other musicians. We heard three distinctly different versions of Monk's most popular tune 'Round Midnight by Miles Davis, Bill Evans and the Gil Evans Orchestra. Other tunes heard during the presentation included: Monk's Dream by organist Larry Young, Off Minor performed by Bud Powell, and Well You Needn't by vibist Roy Ayers.
August 9 This evening we welcomed back Central Standard Jazz who played for us last year (when known as the Joe Cirincione Quartet), and also at April's Jazz-O-Rama event. The band consists of Joe Cirincione (saxophones/flute), Derek Macioch (trombone), Phil Barrish (keyboard), Paul Young (electric bass), and Nick "The Stick" Moore (drums). A capacity crowd in the Cottage was on hand to hear some excellent jazz. The first set started off with a jazz standard in the shape of How High the Moon, with nice trombone and keyboard. Kenny Dorham's Blue Bossa was next, followed by a slower-paced number in Cole Porter's classic Night and Day. The standards continued with There Will Never Be Another You, featuring an electric bass solo by Paul and some nice drum work by Nick. Horace Silver's Nica's Dream showcased Joe's fine sax playing before the tempo again slowed for As Time Goes By. The band continued with an original composition by Phil Barrish, titled Black and White, before Autumn Leaves closed the first set.
Jerome Kern's All the Things You Are kicked off the second half of the evening, followed by Frank Foster's Shiny Stockings and another standard with the ballad My One and Only Love. A tune not heard too often is Keith Jarrett's Lucky Southern, which was played with real feeling by the quartet. Herbie Hancock's Dolphin Dance with another nice saxophone solo by Joe, preceded two further standards in A Foggy Day and Fly Me to the Moon. The evening closed out with rousing renditions of Black Orpheus and All of Me. See the phototographs here.
August 2 This evening, regular presenter Lee Goode took a look at some of the more controversial recordings in early jazz and blues music. Lyrics and song titles about sex and illegal substances were fairly common between the twenties and early forties, especially on some of the early "Race" records. Lee's excellent presentation featured some great music including Preachin' Blues by Sidney Bechet, Bessie Smith's Do Your Duty, Press My Button by Lil Johnson, Bea Foote's Weed, and Mezz Mezzrow's Send in the Vipers.