September 18  Tonight, we again featured live jazz in the Cottage, with the Ross Hubble Trio providing the music. The trio play "Gypsy Jazz" in the style made famous by Django Reinhardt. The trio is made up of Ross Hubble (guitar), Larry Rutan (guitar), and James Di Girolamo (bass). The evening started with the standard All of Me, which was followed by a more contemporary composition in the shape of Kenny Dorham's Blue Bossa. Undecided and Nuages (aka The Bluest Kind of Blues) featured fine solos by Ross and Larry, while an unusual version of Charlie Parker's bop tune Billie's Bounce, featured a nice bass solo by James. Another standard Autumn Leaves again showcased Larry and Ross' great guitar playing, while Sweet Georgia Brown had James performing the solo duties. The first set ended with a fine version of Noto Swing.

The second half commenced with I'll See You in My Dreams and A Day in the Life of a Fool, both tunes featuring Ross and Larry's guitars. The standard I Can't Give You Anything But Love, again featured James' bass skills, and this classic was followed by Exactly Like You and Has Anybody Seen My Gal? If I Had You, featuring nice solos by Ross and Larry, preceded Minor Swing, bringing us up to the final offering of the evening When You're Smiling, in which the trio was accompanied by a sing-a-long by the whole audience. Check out the photographs here.

September 11  This evening, guest presenter Bob Foskett's subject was Bob Florence. Bob looked at the life and career of the West Coast bandleader, arranger and composer, who passed away earlier this year. Among the great jazz we listened to were Easy Does It from 1959, a 1960 version of Up a Lazy River Twist by the Sy Zentner Orchestra, Straight No Chaser from 1965, two versions of Westlake from 1982 (solo piano and Big band), and a wonderfully-named Slimehouse Blues, which closed out the evening. We all look forward to Bob's next presentation in January.

September 4  Tonight, Frank Slabinak presented "Jazz on Film 3" on the big screen. Frank again gave us a look into the jazz content included in a variety of rare film shorts. Among the gems we saw were two Popeye cartoons "Symphony in Spinach" from 1948 and "Putting on the Act" from 1940. We also saw several numbers performed by Hal Kemp and His Orchestra from a 1938 "Melody Masters" series, a 1937 clip of "The Little Rascals," the extremely funny "Golfer's Lament" and a 1938 "Banquet of Rhythm" clip. After the break, we watched "Ray Charles - Live at Montreux 1997."

August 28  This evening, the Society took to the road for it's first ever "off-site" meeting. A luxury bus took members and guests to see Sonny Rollins open the 2008 Chicago Jazz Festival at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The bus left Irish Times at 5:00 p.m. and arrived in Chicago early enough for everyone to find seating in the pavilion, rather than having sit on the lawn. On arrival, everyone received free sandwiches courtesy of Sawa's Old Warsaw restaurant, and drinks/ snacks which were provided by Marc Kritzer of Network XX111.

We were treated to a vituoso performance by legendary tenor saxophonist Rollins and his band (Clifton Anderson (trombone), Bobby Broom (guitar),  Bob Cranshaw (electric bass), Kobie Watkins (drums), and Kimati Dinizulu (percussion). On the return journey to Brookfield, the concertgoers were treated to a selection of "door prizes" provided by Network XX111 and several other regular sponsors. In fact, everyone went home with at least one prize! Thanks to John Moscinksi and Marc Kritzer for their excellent organizing of the trip. Needless to say, a wonderful evening was had by all. Check out the photographs here.

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SOCIETY DIARY 08/22/08 - 09/18/08
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