October 23  Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.

October 16 This evening, guest presenter David Winski took a look at the career and legacy of the legendary pianist Oscar Peterson. Oscar Peterson was one of the best known pianists in jazz, a musician whose style appealed to jazz jans and non-jazz music lovers alike. David started out showing some video footage of Peterson on the big screen, followed by tracks of two of Oscar's early piano influences: Art Tatum playing Tiger Rag and Nat "King" Cole's Indiana. Next we listened to Oscar playing a 1945 version of I Got Rhythm and a 1952 rendering of Tenderly. During the rest of the evening we saw some further video footage, featuring Cubano Chant and Yours is My Heart from 1964, as well as several further audio selections, including Work Song, Mack the Knife, Hymn to Freedom and The Gravy Waltz. The evening ended with Oscar's interpretation of Just a Gigolo. This was David's second presentation for the Society, and members are already looking forward to his next one.

October 9 Tonight, we again presented live jazz entertainment in the Cottage with the versatile BMR4. The band (Bernhardt, Moynihan, Rodbard Quartet) comprises Jay Moynihan (saxophones), Neal Alger (guitar), Chris Bernhardt (bass), and Mike Rodbard (drums). The music started with a Neal Alger original No Means No, with the composer playing some excellent guitar. Horace Silver's The Preacher had a real soul-jazz feel about it, and featured a bluesy saxophone solo by Jay and some fine drum/bass interplay between Mike and Chris. Benny Moten's Moten Swing and Cole Porter's Let's Misbehave, showed us how talented this quartet actually is. Another original tune The Blues at Clark and Addison, was dedicated to the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The composition featured some mournful saxophone playing by Jay, that blended in nicely with Neal's bluesy guitar work.  The first set ended with a rousing version of Sonny Rollin's classic Caribbean-flavored St. Thomas.

The second half of the evening commenced with the standard Come Rain or Come Shine, which featured superb bass lines from Chris, and nice solos by Jay and Neal. The beautiful La Rosita was followed by a slice of bebop in the shape of Dizzy Gillespie's Salt Peanuts, the latter tune also contained a short band vocal, as well as top-class solos by Jay, Neal and Chris. Neal's guitar was again prominent on the ballad You've Changed, which was the penultimate number of the evening. The concert closed with a storming rendition of Benny Golson's hard bop tour de force Blue's Walk, a tune that highlighted the drumming skills of Mike Rodbard. The quartet departed to a standing ovation from the enthusiastic ausience. Check out the photographs here.

October 2 This evening was a "Jazz Movie Night," hosted by Society film buff Marty Blank. Marty chose the movie "Pete Kelly's Blues," a 1955 film staring Jack Webb, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Janet Leigh, Lee Marvin and others among its cast. The synopsis of the movie is as follows: In 1927 Kansas City Pete Kelly and his jazz band play nightly at a speakeasy. A local gangster starts to move in on them and when their drummer is killed Kelly gives in, even though this also means taking the thug's alcoholic girl as a singer. Kelly soon realises he has made a big mistake selling out in this way and that rich girl Ivy is now the only decent thing in his life.

September 25  Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.

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