May 8 Tonight was another live jazz night, featuring the Brasilian-influenced Sambatico. The band is made up of Summer Kwai (vocals), Phil Barish (piano), Lisa Kleis (bass), Jim Glay (drums), and Coco Elysses-Hevia (percussion). The quintet was later joined by guests Jeff Kust (guitar), Ed Petrella (drums), Marilyn Salazar (vocals), and Richard Schoen (vocals). Sambatico started out the evening with Black Orpheus (also known as A Day in the Life of a Fool), which featured Phil's piano and Lisa's bass. Summer's sweet vocals were heard on Night and Day and the Lennon-McCartney tune Norwegian Wood, which also had a fine piano solo by Phil. Summer's linguistic talents were displayed when she sang Besame Mucho in its native Portuguese, as she also did on Antonio Carlos Jobim's Aqua de Beber (Water to Drink). Fly Me to the Moon, I Think I’m Going Out of My Head, and Michel Legrand's Watch What Happens all featured Summer singing in her native English, with excellent piano work by Phil. The band was joined by two guests - guitarist Jeff Kust, who played for the rest of the evening, and vocalist Marilyn Salazar who replaced Summer on Gentle Rain.
After the intermission, we heard the classic The Girl from Ipanema, with a nice solo by Jeff and a lovely Portuguese vocal by Summer. One Note Samba featured solos by the whole band, while a beautiful version of the Lennon-McCartney pop tune And I Love Her, again highlighted Summer's superb vocal talent. Guest Ed Petrella took over the drum chair for another pop tune Sunny, with nice guitar by Jeff, and excellent piano playing by Phil. Thad Jones' A Child is Born featured guest vocalist Richard Schoen, before Summer returned to close the evening with Summertime, a tune that again showcased the whole band.
May 1 This evening, Society President Ian Tiele's presentation was titled "An Evening at Ronnie Scott's." Ian gave us a personal guided tour of one of the world's most famous jazz clubs, which is situated in London, England. As well as playing music recorded at the club by such musicians as Sonny Stitt, Bill Evans, Irakere, Arturo Sandoval, Roland Kirk, Victor Feldman, and Ronnie Scott himself, we also listened to two early recordings of tenor saxophonist Scott from the late forties, and an interview of saxophonist Sonny Stitt. We also heard plenty of anecdotes and memorable stories about the club and its visiting musicians, including some that Ian experienced first-hand, when he was living in London.
April 24 Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss. Jason Fustar was presented with his BJS Volunteer Recognition Award, as it was the first night that Jason has been able to attend a meeting for several months (the awards were originally presented at the 3rd Anniversary party in March). Jason won the award for being a regular presenter, since the Society started in 2005.
April 17 Tonight's presentation by Frank Slabinak was titled "Rare Jazz Radio Transcriptions." Frank played a selection of his 15" radio transcription discs, many of which are extremely rare. We listened to a wide selection of music, including From Here to Eternity and Wagon Wheels by the Airmen of Note, from a 1955 "Reserved for You" radio show; Betty Johnson singing When You're Smiling, from a "Take Five" show; Teddy Buckner and His All Star Dixieland Band playing Clarinet Marmalade from "Dixieland," and several tunes from a 1958 "Stars of Jazz" show. Also heard was some great jazz from the bands of Gene Krupa and J. J. Johnson.