November 27 No meeting - Thanksgiving.
November 20 Tonight was a "Jazz Movie Night." Frank Slabinak presented two jazz films that have only previously been shown on French television: "The Ron Carter Quartet at Le Mans" and "Chucho Valdes at Marciac." Both of these television shows were recorded in France in 2008. The Ron Carter Quartet performance featured Ron Carter on bass, Stephen Scott at the piano, and Payton Crossley and Rolando Morales-Matos on percussion, while Paquito D'Rivera's saxophone was featured with pianist Chucho Valdes' band, during their set of excellent Latin jazz.
November 13 This evening, regular presenter David Rovner takes a look at Supersax, an ever-changing band, with a frontline of five saxophones that harmonized the solo improvisations of Charlie Parker note-for-note. During David's interesting talk, we listened to the band playing tunes culled from sessions throughout their existence, including Scrapple from the Apple, Just Friends, Yardbird Suite, Ornithology, Cool Blues and Salt Peanuts. Featured playing with the band were Med Flory, Joe Lopes, Warne Marsh, Jay Migliori, Jack Nimitz, Conte Candoli, Lou Levy, Carl Fontana, and Frank Rosalino and others.
November 6 Tonight, we welcomed the superb Jeru to the Cottage. Jeru recreates the music of the legendary Gerry Mulligan Quartets, as well as playing their own compositions in a similar style. The band is made up of Art Davis (trumpet and flugelhorn), Ted Hogarth (baritone saxophone and bass clarinet), Joe Policastro (upright bass), and Ed Breazeale (drums). The evening started off with Gerry Mulligan's Soft Shoe, which featured fine solos from Ted, Art and Joe. Frenesi had a Calypso feel to it, while Makin' Whoopee was played at an extremely slow tempo, which gave the tune a slight bluesy feel. Seasonal Song, an original composition by Joe, showcased Art Davis' fine trumpet playing, and Swing House did the same for drummer Ed Breazeale, who produced an excellent solo. Dinah and another original tune Echoes, brought us up the final selection of the first set The Carioca, which had a real "South of the Border" feel to it.
The second set started with Lullaby of the Leaves, featuring Joe's inventive bass work. Claude Thornhill's beautiful theme song Snowfall, had Art switching to fluglehorn, before the band continued with Jeru, Travellin' Light, and The classic Walkin' Shoes. The latter tune featuring Ted's baritone saxophone and Art's trumpet to great effect. The music kept coming with a nice rendition of Mulligan's Ide's Side and a somber Blue Boy, that featured some nice flugelhorn/baritone sax interplay between Art and Ted. Reunion brought a wonderful evening to a close, and a standing ovation from the capacity audience. Check out the photographs here.
October 30 This evening, regular presenter Frank Slabinak presented "Rare Jazz Radio Transcriptions 2." The previous installment featured some excellent rare jazz material, and the second part gave us more of the same. The music from most of these radio shows has never been commercially issued on LP or CD. Among the interesting radio shows were "Music in the Air," featuring the USAF Dance Orchestra (Airmen on Note); "A Look at Australia," which featured the Australian Jazz Quartet playing Little Girl Blue; "Here's to Veterans," featuring the Adrian Rollini Trio playing Begin the Beguine; "Phonograph Album - Hot Jazz," with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra; "Upbeat Saturday Night," with music by Billy Butterfield, Hank D'Amico and others; "Mostly Dixie," with Eddie Condon's All-Stars, the Firehouse Five Plus Two, Matty Matlock, and the Kid Ory Band; and the "Stan Kenton Show (Artistry in Rhythm)," featuring the Kenton Orchestra playing Taboo and Jeeper's Creepers.