March 13 This evening, Society big band expert David Rovner's presentation took a look at the wonderful music that was the classic "Swing Era." David played music by a number of great big bands, including audio tracks such as Benny Goodman's Let's Dance, Count Basie's One O'Clock Jump, Charlie Barnett's Cherokee, and video clips of Harry James' Hora Staccato, Stan Kenton's Tampico, and the Andrews Sisters' Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.
March 6 Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.
February 28 This evening was a Jazz Movie Night. The film was "Possibilities." The movie is an intimate documentary about pianist and bandleader Herbie Hancock and his in-studio collaborations with a dozen formidable pop recording artists, collaborations that explore the unexpected, like jazz improvisations. The film also puts Herbie’s latest work in the context of his extraordinary musical career, and includes rarely seen archival footage of Herbie with the Miles Davis Quintet in 1962; Herbie leading his Headhunters with their hit tune, Chameleon; Herbie’s classic video for Rockit; and never-before-seen duets of Herbie and Wayne Shorter playing for peace in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2005, on the 60th anniversary of the atomic explosions. To finish off the evening, several vintage big bands shorts were played, including clips of the bands of Louis Prima, Bob Crosby, Hal Kemp, Gene Krupa, and Jimmy Dorsey.
February 21 Tonight we again presented live jazz in the Cottage, with the Ed Breazeale Quintet providing the musical entertainment. The band is made up of Ed Breazeale (drums), Dan Thatcher (bass), Sam Macy (Guitar), John Kregor (Guitar), and Doug Stone (Saxophones). The quintet played a wealth of original material during the evening, as well as some interesting versions of several jazz classics. The first set started off with an original composition of Ed's titled Ode for Joe that had some fine saxophone, guitar and drum work. Another original composition followed in the shape of Vielseitig this one being composed by Doug and featuring him on alto saxophone, along with a nice bass solo from Dan. The original writing continued with John's A Mediant, A Tension, with some nice guitar/drums interplay, and Dan's Moment's Waltz showcasing the composer's bass playing. The first session closed with two Woody Shaw tunes, Stepping Stones, with great guitar, drums and and alto work, and The Moontrane, which featured the entire band.
The second half started with an original composition of Sam's On Second Thought with excellent alto and guitar. Wayne Shorter's Lost featured the twin guitars of Sam and John, while an Ed Breazeale arrangement of the standard It Might as Well Be Spring contained a wonderful drum and bass duet. Another gem from the pen of Woody Shaw was Katrina Ballerina, with guitar and drum solos, which was followed by another of Ed's tunes Greenpeace. The evening ended with a tremendous version of Herbie Hancock's One Finger Snap, again featuring great solo work from the whole band. Check out the photographs here.
February 14 This evening, Society President Ian Tiele's presentation was "Early Kansas City Jazz." Ian discused the history of Kansas City, Missouri and the jazz that was played there between the 1920s and 1944, when the KayCee jazz scene had all but faded away. We heard music from the main jazz exponents of the time, including some rare tracks by Jesse Stone, Bennie Moten, Mary Lou Williams, Andy Kirk's Twelve Clouds of Joy, Harlan Leonard's Rockets, Pete Johnson, Count Basie and Jay McShann. The latter band including a young Charlie Parker on Sepian Bounce.