November 1 Tonight, we again hosted live jazz with the excellent Done Deal Band. This quintet play straight jazz, blues, funky grooves and Latin sounds. The DDB comprises Rich Priore (guitar), Dan Moffett (saxophones), Dominic Tarullo (piano), Pat Infusino (electric bass), and John Scoville (drums).
The evening started with Miles Davis' rarely-heard Tune Up and Oliver Nelson's Stolen Moments, the latter featuring Dan's saxophone, Rich's guitar, Dominic's keybords and some nice electric bass work from Pat. Dizzy Gillespie's Night in Tunisia came next on the musical menu, before a soulful I Love you More Today, featured some nice organ by Dominica and Dan's mellow tenor sax. The organ/saxophone combo was again well represented on Nat Adderley's classic Work Song, as it was on Benny Golson's hard bop tour de force Killer Joe, which also highlighted Pat's fine electric bass playing talents. Dave Brubeck's extremely popular theme tune Take Five showcased John's drumming, while a Dominic Tarullo orginal Doctor Domclosed out the first set with a bang.
The second half of the evening's program started in the same vein as the first. Earl Hagan's 1939 composition Harlem Nocturne, led the band into some soulful funk in the shape of Jimmy Smith's The Cat, again featuring Dominic's virtuoso organ playing. James Brown's I Got You continued the soulful mood, until the guys went into bop mode with Thelonious Monk's Well You Needn't, which had solos by the whole band. The penultimate number of the evening was a Done Deal Band original titled Figure it Out....a tune that sent massive waves of jazz-funk all around the room. The final number of the second session was another Miles Davis bop tune Four, which again featured solos by the whole band. Another great night in the Cottage! Check out the photographs here.
October 25 This evening's presentation was by Society regular John Moscinski. John' topic was "Singing and Swinging: An audio-visual sampling of jazz vocalists past and present." Vocals were the order of the day, with music by some of the great songstresses of jazz, including Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, June Christy, Ethel Water's and Ella Fitzgerald. Among John's music selections were Billie's Fine and Mellow, Sarah's Perdido, Ethel's Quicksand, and Lady be Good from Ella.
October 18 Tonight's presentation was by Society Vice President Lee Goode. The topic was "Train Songs: Early Jazz and Blues on the Move." Lee discussed the migration of workers from the south of the country in the 1920's and 1930s, to try and find better places to live and work. The train was often the chosen mode of transportation, and this led to a wealth of songs about trains and railroads. We heard Leadbelly's Midnight Special, Duke Ellington's East St. Louis Toodle-OO, Meade Lux Lewis' classic piano boogie Honky Tonk Train Blues, different versions of Chatanooga Choo Choo and Rock Island Line, as well as many other great jazz and blues tracks, including Night Train and Mystery Train.
October 11 This evening we were treated to a presentation on Tito Puente, the legendary Latin Jazz bandleader, who played timbales and vibes. Regular presenter Jason Fustar played a selection of Puente's music, including a 1957 version of Night Ritual and a wonderful live version of Woodchopper's Ball, recorded with Woody Herman and his Herd. The music continued with Machito Forever, and Puente's classic Oye Como Va, before the evening was brought to a close with a great Latin version of Dave Brubeck's Take Five and a rousing rendition of Duke Jordan's Flight to Jordan.