April 10 Live jazz was again on the musical menu this evening, when the Chris Greene Quartet returned to the Cottage for their second visit. The quartet is made up of Chris Greene (tenor and soprano saxophones), Damian Espinosa (piano), Marc Piane (acoustic bass), and Tyrone Blair (drums). The first set started with the standard Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise, which featured some of Chris' strong tenor saxophone playing. Chris stayed on tenor for Amalgasantos, which also featured a nice piano solo by Damian. The ever-popular Bernie's Tune showcased Marc's fine bass playing, including some fine interplay with Damian's sensitive piano sounds. Next up was Stanley Turrentine's Bonnie, featuring solos by the whole band, before the first half of the evening came to a close with an original compositon of Chris' in the shape of 4.23, on which the leader switched to soprano sax.
The second part of the evening commenced with Duke Ellington's Caravan, featuring a superb drum solo by Tyrone. Chris' own Adamantium showed off the excellent all-round musicianship of the quartet, as did a mellow version of Take Care of Yourself. The played a new version of Stevie Wonder's Boogie on Reggae Woman, which was an even funkier offering than the tune on the band's "Soul and Science Vol. 1" CD. The evening came to a close with Hank Williams' You Win Again, which was given a real soul-jazz feel by the guys. Check out the photographs here.
April 3 Tonight, Society Vice President Lee Goode's presentation was titled "Bawdy Jazz and Blues Part 2." Lee reprises last year's successful presentation, when he again looked at some of the more controversial recordings in early jazz and blues music that feature lyrics and song titles about sex and illegal substances. The music that Lee played, included Wardell Gray's Stoned, All Muggled Up by Blue Steele and his Orchestra, Weed by Bea Foote, Frankie "Half Pint" Jackson's version of Willie the Weeper, Buck Washington's Save the Roach for Me, Billie Holliday's Let's Do It, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band's Don't You Feel My Leg.
March 27 This evening, we had a "Jazz Movie Night" featuring the 1941 film Birth of the Blues, which starred Bing Crosby and Mary Martin in the lead roles, with appearances by several well-known jazzmen, including trombonist Jack Teagarden.
March 20 Tonight was the Society's 3rd Anniversary Party, with live jazz provided by the Salty Dogs Jazz Band, and a free food buffet for all. A special surprise was the BJS Volunteer Recognition Awards that were presented to eight Society members who have consistantly done the most work to help make the Society the success it is. The initial eight awards were presented by Society President Ian Tiele, to Lee Goode, Marc Kritzer, Louise Palacios, John Moscinski, Jason Fustar, David Rovner, and Frank Slabinak, with Vice President Lee Goode presenting Ian with his own award.
The Salty Dogs Jazz Band is made up of Kim Cusack (clarinet and saxophone), Tom Bartlett (trombone), Jack Kuncl (banjo), and Mike Walbridge (tuba). The first set commenced with the band's theme tune That's A Plenty and Fats Waller's ever-popular Honeysuckle Rose, which featured fine solos by Tom, Jack, Mike, and Kim on clarinet. Next up were Mecca Flat Blues and I Found a New Baby, both featuring solos by the whole band. Sadie Green showcased Tom's vocal talents, while Sugar again featured the whole band soloing. George Gershwin's S'Wonderful saw Kim swopping from clarinet to saxophone, before the first half of the evening came to a close with My Little Bimbo, which featured a fun band vocal.
After the intermission, the second set started with Old Fashioned Love and the evergreen Tiger Rag, the latter again highlighting Kim's saxophone. The classic Tin Roof Blues, was followed by another classic in the shape of There'll Be Some Changes Made. Tom again took over vocal duties for On the Alamo and Big Butter and Egg Man. Gimme a June Night and Hoagy Carmichael's New Orleans, brought us up to the final tune of the evening The Weary Blues. Check out the photographs here.