July 24  Tonight was a "Jazz Movie Night." Frank Slabinak presented two movies on the big screen: "At the Jazz Band Ball" and "Benny Goodman - Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing." "At the Jazz Band Ball" featured rare film clips of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Paul Whiteman, and others from the early years of jazz. "Benny Goodman - Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing" was a PBS television documentary that discussed the life and career of the "King of Swing," clarinet player and bandleader Benny Goodman.

July 17  This evening, we again presented live jazz in the Cottage, this time with the ever-popular Andreas Kapsalis Trio providing the music. This was the band's third visit to the Society. As usual, the personnel is Andreas Kapsalis (guitar), Jamie Gallagher (drums/percussion), and Darren Garvey (percussion). The band are impossible to categorize, as their playing involves many different influences from all around the world. Andreas' extremely original guitar playing and compositions, together with percusionist Darren Garvey's use of many diverse percussion instruments (including congas, bongos, dumbek, ocean harp, melodica, orchestra bells, glockenspiel and toy piano), together with drummer Jamie Gallagher's  extra percussive work, make this band one of the most original groups around.

The evening started with one of Andreas' many original compositions Lava, which was followed by the trio's interpretation of the Beatles' Norwegian Wood, both tunes featuring Andreas' wonderfully biting guitar and a varied assortment of percussive instrumentation from Darren. Another tune, this one featured on the trio's new CD "Original Scores" was Three Nickels, which had a Gypsy feel to it. Pink Floyd's Money was given a real bluesy treatment and featured Andreas' guitar and an array of unusual percussive instruments that were utilized by Darren, who was aided by some excellent drumming and percussion from Jamie. Another one from the new album was the unusually-titled Meditation on Violence, which started with a blues feel, but later displayed Oriental influences. Andreas' Strangers to Fellini featured some nice drumming from Jamie, before Music to Spy to ended the first half of the evening's entertainment.

The second set opened with Ethnic Cleansing and Playful Little Demons, both original compositions from the new album, which featuring good solos from each member of the band. Next up was the classic Dave Brubeck chart Blue Rondo A La Turk, which was a perfect vehicle to showcase Andreas' individualistic guitar improvisation. Another track from "Original Scores" Skinwalker was to be the penultimate offering of the evening, leading up to a fitting finale.....the blockbuster El Mariachi, a great tune to end a great evening. The trio received a justly deserved standing ovation from the packed Cottage crowd. You can check out the photographs here.

July 10  Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.

July 4 Today, the Society participated in Brookfield's annual 4th of July Parade for the fourth time. The float was again donated by Berthal Lewis Electric. Members dressed the float with both jazz and patriotic items and installed music speakers to play jazz along the parade route. We passed out flyers, BJS calendars and candy along the way. Click here to see the photographs.

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SOCIETY DIARY 07/04/08 - 7/24/08
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