October 4 This evening, we again presented live live jazz in the Cottage. Tonight's music was performed by the great BMX Jazz, who not only played for us, but also gave the capacity audience a history of the careers of two of the greatest brothers in jazz, when they performed a musical tribute to the work of the legendary Cannonball and Nat Adderley. BMX Jazz features Bob McMurray (keyboards), Mike Kalkowski (trumpet), Dan Russett (alto and tenor saxophones), David Rogers (bass), and Chas Staples (drums/congas). BMX Jazz were actually the very first band that played live for the Society back in the early days at the Brookfield Village Hall. On that occasion bandleader Bob McMurray and then drummer, Mike Zuppa gave a pair of presentations and finished the evening with the whole band playing one tune for us.
This evening, the first set started with Nat Adderley's One for Daddy-O with fine solos by Bob at the keyboard and David on bass. Miles Davis' Milestones and Cannonball Adderley's Things are Getting Better both featured solos by the entire band. Next came Nat Adderley's tour de force composition Work Song which showcased the band's ensemble playing, as did Duke Pearson's haunting Jeannine, which also had great trumpet, sax and keyboard solos. After the break, the second set started with a jazz version of Happy Birthday to You, which was dedicated to Society stalwart John Moscinski. Scotch and Water was followed by Nat Adderley's Jive Samba, featuring some great sax work by Dan. Joe Zawinul's soul-jazz hit Mercy, Mercy, Mercy was followed by Cannonball's Sack of Woe which brought us to the penultimate tune of the evening - Walter Booker's Saudade. The evening ended with a soulful version of another Miles Davis composition All Blues, which again highlighted Dan's great saxophone playing. Check out the photographs here.
September 27 Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.
September 20 This evening, the live jazz entertainment was provided by the Joel Moore Quartet. Chicago native Joel is a highly talented and versatile tenor saxophonist specializing in both jazz and rhythm & blues. The quartet features Joel Moore (saxophone), Paul Scherer (keyboards), Michael Barton (bass), and Paul Townsend (drums). The show started with Pat Metheny's Folk Song, which was followed by an original composition of Joel's named Fireside, featuring sophisticated bass and drum solos. Cole Porter's standard What is This Thing Called Love? showcased Joel's fine sax playing, as did the classic Body and Soul. Joe Henderson's Recorda Me brought the first half of the evening's entertainment to a close with good work from the two Pauls on keyboard and drums. The second set commenced with Nothing Personal featuring great solos from all the band, as did Miles Davis' boppish Half Nelson. The tempo decreased for a beautiful version of John Coltrane's Naima, again highlighting Joel's superb saxophone playing. Another Pat Metheny composition Song for Bilbao, was followed by the final tune of the evening in the shape of a rousing version of John Coltrane's classic Giant Steps, which showed what a talented saxophonist Joel is. Check out the photographs here.
September 13 Tonight was a Jazz Movie Night. Featured were two classic 1962 jazz programs that were broadcast on television in 1962 and a movie that celebrated highlights of the 1975 Monterey Jazz Festival. First on the musical menu was a Cannonball Adderley Sextet show recorded for "Jazz Scene USA." This was followed by a Gerry Mulligan Quartet performance from the "Jazz Casual" series. The final film of the evening was "Monterey Jazz Festival '75," which featured performances by Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, John Lewis, Marian McPartland, Blood Sweat and Tears and a host of other great jazz and blues musicians.
SOCIETY DIARY 09/07/07 - 10/04/07
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