February 5 Tonight's live jazz entertainment was provided by the Joel Moore Quartet, who were making their third appearance in the Cottage. The quartet comprises Joel Moore (tenor saxophone), Paul Scherer (keyboards), Bob Ferraris (bass), and Paul Townsend (drums). The first set commenced with two of Joel's original compositions Fireside and Hindsight, both tunes featuring impressive saxophone work by Joel. Next up came an amazingly uptempo arrangement of the standard Invitation, featuring some nice drum textures from Paul. The tempo slowed for Thelonious Monk's beautiful ballad 'Round Midnight, which featured fine bass playing by Bob. The first segment of the evening closed with another of Joel's original charts Renaissance, which showcased Paul's excellent keyboard style.

The second half of the show started with Pat Metheny's Folk Song, which highlighted the talents of the whole band. Chick Corea's Humpty Dumpty featured a fine saxophone solo by Joel and some quirky keyboard from Paul. November was followed by yet another of Joel's superb self-penned tunes Longing, both compositions bringing out the best of the band. The final musical delicay of the evening was another Pat Metheny composition Song for Bilbao. Check out the photographs here.

January 29 This evening, guest presenter Bob Foskett, took a look at the work of the swing vibraphonist and bandleader Terry Gibbs, concentrating on the work of Gibbs' 1958 - 1962 "Dream Band." Bob played some excellent big band arrangements, including Lemon Drop with the Woody Herman band in 1948, Opus One, featuring Gibbs on both vibes and piano in 1959, Limerick Waltz from 1961, as well as excellent versions of Tico Tico, Flyin' Home, Don't Be that Way, Ja-Da and Billie's Bounce.

January 25 This Sunday afternoon, the Society broke new ground with its first "BJS on the Road" event.  The venue was Sawa's Old Warsaw Restaurant in Broadview, where 72 people filled the East Banquet Hall for an afternoon of dining and early jazz. The music was provided by the wonderful Pullman Conductors of Jazz. The band is made up of Matt Puralewski (tuba/vocals), Jack Rusnak (cornet/vocals), Dennis Trainor (clarinet/tenor sax), Bill Hutchins (banjo/guitar), and Kevin Mann (trombone/vocals). The jazz started with Weary Blues and Shake That Thing, the latter featuring a quirky vocal by Jack Rusnak. South, Trouble in Mind (with a vocal by Jack), If I Had You, and Tuba Matt's Big Parade, brought us up to Working on the Railroad. Jack's vocal talents were again showcased on the final tune of the set Don't Go away Nobody.

The second set kicked off with Big Butter and Egg Man with another fine vocal from Jack. An impromtu New Orleans style version of Happy Birthday was played to honor the birthdays of audience members Jerry and Mary Lou, leading us into Lord, Lord, Lord Been Good to Me, with a vocal refrain by Jack. Kevin Mann took over the vocal Duties for This Train, while Matt Puralewski did the same on Ain't She Sweet. Jack returned as the band vocalist on St. James Infirmary, while Yellow Dog Blues brought the session to an end. The final set of the afternoon started with Bill Bailey (Won't You Please Come Home), Lonesome Railroad Blues (featuring a band vocal), Ja-Da (Ja Da, Ja Da, Jing Jing Jing), Doctor Jazz, and Just a Little While to Stay Here. The penultimate offering of the afternoon was You Do Me Like You Do, bringing us to the final tune of the day - the New Orleans classic When the Saints Go Marching In. Check out the photographs here.

January 22   This evening was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.

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