July 3 This evening, we again featured live jazz, when we welcomed the Shawn Maxwell Quartet back to the Cottage, after their successful appearance last year. The band is made up of Shawn Maxwell (saxophones/clarinet/flute), Matt Nelson (piano), Mike Daly (bass), and Brandon Dickert (drums). The band play a large number of original tunes, as well as their own interpretations of several jazz classics.
The evening started off with some excellent bebop in the shape of Dizzy Atmosphere, which featured Shawn's saxophone and some fine piano work by Matt. Up next was Jimmy Smith's Mellow Mood and Charles Mingus' Jelly Roll, the latter featuring Shawn on clarinet. Shawn switched back to saxophone for Iynes Crayons, which featured a drum intro by Brandon. Year Three showcased Shawn on flute and Mike on bowed-bass, which brought us up to the end of the first half of the evening's entertainment, with the standard There Will Never be Another You, that had Shawn back on sax.
The second half commenced with the standards I'll Remember April and My One and Only Love, the latter featuring a nice bass solo by Mike. Charlie Parker's Latin influenced My Little Suede Shoes had Shawn switching to the clarinet for a second time, while bebop was back on the musical menu with Birk's Works, with Shawn reverting again to the sax. The evening ended with a superb rendition of the classic How High the Moon.
June 26 Tonight, Society President, Ian Tiele's presentation was "Dizzy on the Big Screen." Ian narrated the career of trumpet legend Dizzy Gillespie, while showing film clips of Dizzy in performance on the Society's big screen. We saw Dizzy working with a variety of musicians, including Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sam Rivers, Ray Brown, and Jon Faddis. We watched twelve film clips, including the musical tracks Hot House, two versions of A Night in Tunisia, Manteca, One Bass Hit, and Tin Tin Deo.
June 19 This evening, regular presenter Frank Slabinak's presentation was titled "Inside My Record Collection." Frank is the Society's nostalgia buff, having a large collection of CDs, LPs, 78s, radio transcriptions, and other types of disc, several of which are extremely rare. Frank brought along a selection of unusual 78s that he also displayed during his presentation. We listened to a variety of jazz recorded between 1910 and the early fifties, including the Benson Orchestra of Chicago with Wabash Blues, Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra's Give Me a Little Kiss Will Ya, The New York Twelve with You're Driving Me Crazy (pressed on a one-sided cardboard 78), Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra with Christopher Columbus, the Oscar Peterson Quartet's Just One of Those Things, and a rare one-off Happy Blues by the Hollywood Hucksters, that featured a vocal duet by Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton!
June 12 Tonight, David Rovner's presentation was "Benny Goodman - The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert." David took an in-depth look at this famous event that finally made jazz accepted as America's only original art form. During the evening, we listened to several Goodman band combinations that played at the concert, including the Orchestra's Don't Be That Way, and One O'Clock Jump, the Trio playing Body and Soul, the Quartet's Flying Home (with Lionel Hampton on vibraphone), and the Orchestra with Sing, Sing, Sing, and Big John's Special.