January 15   Tonight, we welcomed back the Done Deal Band for their second appearance in the Cottage. This quintet play a wide variety of jazz styles, that always please their audience. The band comprises Dom Tarullo (keyboards), Rich Priore (guitar), Dan Moffett (saxophones/clarinet), Ed Sullivan (bass), and John Scoville (drums). The first session commenced with a boppish medley of Work Song and Straight No Chaser. All Right, OK, You Win, featured an excellent guitar solo and vocal by Rich, bringing us to the standards I'll Remember April and Begin the Beguine (with Dan switching to clarinet on the latter), before we were treated to some bebop in the shape of Oscar Pettiford's Tricotism, highlighted by some fine bass playing by Ed. The evergreen Autumn Leaves, with a vocal by Rich and John Coltrane's Giant Steps, with a fine saxophone solo from Dan, led us into Blue Bossa, with interesting bass and drums interplay between Ed and John. Dr. Dom, an original composition by Dom Tarullo, featured some funky keyboard by the the tune's composer. The final number of the first set was a medley made up of Witchcraft, That Old Devil Moon and That Old Black Magic.

The second part of the evening's entertainment started with Besame Mucho and some jump blues with The Joint is Jumpin'. The band went Latin with Mas Que Nada, before going funky on Joe Zawinul's Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, which put Dan's saxophone and and Rich's guitar craft on display. Jimmy Smith's The Cat kept up the funky groove, with solo honors going to Dom. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues brought us up to the final tune of the evening, Charles Earland's More Today Than Yesterday, again featuring Dom's keyboard versatility. The full-house audience gave the band a well-deserved standing ovation. Check out the photographs here.

January 8   This evening, Perry Huntoon took a look at the life and career of legendary drummer and bandleader Gene Krupa, when he presented "The Centennial of Gene Krupa's Birth." Perry played an excellent selection of music recorded throughout Krupa's career, including In the Mood, Cherokee, Fish Market (with strings), Body and Soul (trio with Charlie Ventura), Stompin' at the Savoy, and Disc Jockey Jump.

January 1   No meeting - New Year's Day.

December 25  No meeting - Christmas Day.

December 18  (continued from previous Diary page) The second half began with another Django composition Swing 42 and the standards What is This Thing Called Love? and Embraceable You, both featuring fine work by the whole band. Swing Gitane, Georgia on My Mind, and Duke Ellington's Caravan,again highlighted what a varied repertoire this band perform. Djangology and St. Louis Blues, both featured Katie's cultured violin playing, before Dan provided a fine bass solo on the final number of the evening, Avalon. The packed audience gave the quartet a well-deserved standing ovation. Check out the photographs here.

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