April 2  Tonight, we celebrated the Society's 50th live gig in the Cottage. The band chosen to provide the evening's live jazz was the Suenos Latin-Jazz Quartet. The band comprises Mike Levin (saxophones/flute), Leandro Lopez-Varady (keyboard), Heath Chappell (drums), and Steve Hashimoto (electric bass). The evening kicked off with Gordon Jenkins' Goodbye, which featured Mike Levin's highly innovative soprano saxophone playing. Next up was a catchy Steve Hashimoto composition Azul Oscuro, with Mike changing over to flute. The standard It's Only a Paper Moon, featured some nice keyboard/bass interplay between Leandro and Steve, and also saw Mike switching to his third different instrument in as many tunes.....the tenor saxophone. Mike stayed with the tenor sax for Besame Mucho, which also showcased Steve's bass guitar. The band moved to the world of pop music for their next offering, the Lennon/McCartney Beatles tune For No One. The first half of the evening's entertainment ended with a rousing version of Chick Corea's La Fiesta, which featured excellent solos by the entire band.

Jerome Kern's standard Pick Yourself Up, started off the second set, and this was followed by Thelonious Monk's jazz classic 'Round Midnight, with a fine tenor solo by Mike. Drummer Heath Chappell was featured on Leonard Bernstein's Maria, after which the quartet returned to the Beatles songbook for another Lennon/McCartney offering Eleanor Rigby, a tune that despite its pop music origin, was transformed into a wonderful Latin jazz number. Antonio Carlos Jobim's So Danco Samba and Stanley Turrentine's quirky Sugar, both contained good tenor saxophone work by Mike, as well as highlighting Leandro's keyboard skills. A wonderful evening of great jazz came to a close with a superb rendering of another standard It Might as Well Be Spring. The band received a well deserved standing ovation. Check out the photographs here.

March 26  This evening was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.

March 19  Tonight was the Society's 4th Anniversary Party. As well as a free food buffet, silent auction and raffle, we had some great jazz, featuring the Latin sounds of Sambatico, who were making their second appearance in the Cottage. The quintet is made up of Summer Kwai (vocals), Phil Barish (piano/arranger), Lisa Kleis (bass), Jim Glay (drums), and Coco Elysses-Hevia (percussion). The band started of with an instrumental version of Kenny Dorham's Blue Bossa, featuring Phil Barish's fine piano playing. The group's vocalist Summer Kwai joined the rest of the band for Mas Que Nada and Michel Legrand's Watch What Happens. Phil's original composition Estonian Skyline, showcased both the writer's composing and playing skills. Summer was again featured on Besame Mucho, singing this Latin classic in its native Portuguese. Antonio Carlos Jobim's One Note Samba featured some nice bass work by Lisa Kleis, who was also the soloist on Nat King Cole's Orange Colored Sky, a tune that also contained some great percussive work by Coco. So Danco Samba, Dindi and Triste, brought us up to the final offering of the first session Going Out of My Head, featuring Summer's vocal talents and Phil's piano.

The second part of the evening's entertainment commenced with the jazz standard Green Dolphin Street and the ever-popular Bossa Nova classic The Girl from Ipanema, both highlighting Summer's great voice. Another Phil Barish original chart Centerpiece, featured the band in a more bluesy setting, with good solos from Lisa, Jim and the composer. The versatile Summer again switched to Portuguese for Antonio Carlos Jobim's Agua De Beber (Water to Drink). The whole band showcased their wares on the standard Here's That Rainy Day, while Summer shone on How High the Moon. A wonderful performance came to a conclusion with George Gershwin's A Foggy Day. Check out the photographs here.

March 12  This evening, David Rovner, took a look at the life and career of drummer and bandleader Buddy Rich, when he presented "Buddy Rich: The Pacific Jazz Years." David concentrated on Buddy's work for the Pacific Jazz record label, during the years 1966 to the mid-70's, which featured some of Rich's best big band work. Among the wealth of music we listened to were Sister Sadie, Hoe Down, Chicago, The Beat Goes On (featuring Rich's daughter Cathy on vocal), Old Times, Chelsea Bridge, and Channel One Suite.

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