May 7 This evening was a live jazz event, with the Rob Denty Trio providing the music. The trio is made up of Rob Denty (saxophones), Cory Biggerstaff (bass) and Tim Mulvenna (drums). The jazz started with a Rob Denty original Unanswered, which featured him on tenor saxophone. Second on the musical production line was Sonny Rollins' Biji, which was a perfect choice for this pianoless group. Lucky to Be Me, led us into the modal Pendulum, both compositions highlighting the musical compatability of this fine trio. Next up was the classic West End Blues, a piece made famous by Louis Armstrong in the late twenties. Rob ably took care of Satchmo's famous trumpet intro, albeit on saxophone on this occasion. The tune also featured some nice bass/drums interplay between Cory and Tim. The first set came to an end with an excellent version of Miles Davis' Dig.
The second half of the evening commenced with Cantabile and the Matt Dennis standard Everything Happens to Me. Rob's tenor saxophone was again featured to good effect on the ballad Always On My Mind, while another slower tempo offering, Duke Ellington's Creole Love Call featured some good work by the whole trio. The tempo was really raised for the final number of the evening 'Shaw Nuff, a bebop tune that had the audience on their feet. Check out the photographs here.
April 30 Tonight, Jason Fustar presented "Tenor Titans," which looked at three of the most influential tenor saxophone players in jazz history - Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and John Coltrane. We listened to some great music, including Honeysuckle Rose, Meet Doctor Foo, Body and Soul, and It Never Entered My Mind by Hawkins, Shoeshine Boy, Jumpin" at the Woodside, and Lester Leaps In by Young, and Blue Train, Giant Steps, and My Favorite Things from Coltrane.
April 23 This evening, Society President Ian Tiele, presented a "Jazz Movie Night," that featured extremely rare film footage of jazz performances recorded by television stations around the world. Many of the clips had never been issued commercially. Among the show excerpts we watched were clips from England's Jazz 625, France's Vous Propose Jazz Session and Jazz Pour Tous,and the USA programs The Subject is Jazz, Jazz Casual, Jazz Scene USA, and Ramsey Lewis' Legends of Jazz.
April 16 Tonight, we welcomed back Lesley Byers and the Jazz Cats to the Cottage for their third visit. Vocalist Lesley was accompanied by Dan Effland (guitar), Charles Ledvina (bass), and Adam Sorenson (drums). Ms. Byers stood out for the first number Green Dolphin Street, joining the Jazz Cats for George Shearing's Lullaby of Birdland. How High the Moon led us into Gotta Be This or That, a tune that really showed off Lesley's strong voice. Peel Me a Grape, showcased Lesley's more sensual side, while Honeysuckle Rose featured some fine vocal/bass interplay between Lesley and Charles. Dan provided a nice guitar intro for the ballad The Nearness of You and Antonia Carlos Jobim's The Waters of March had the band switching to a Latin groove. The first set ended with a quirky Just You, Just Me.
The second half of the evening's entertainment began with Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, which was followed by From This Moment On and Save Your Love for Me. Lesley's fine voice was again used to good effect on the ever-popular standard Tea for Two, while the Jazz Cats again provided the perfect accompaniment on Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most. Autumn Leaves, Blue Skies, and Cyndi Lauper's pop classic Time After Time, brought us up to an excellent version of Duke Ellington's Just Squeeze Me, bringing us up to the final tune of the evening, Cole Porter's beautiful Every Time We Say Goodbye. Check out the photographs here.
April 9 This evening's presentation by John Moscinski was titled "Elegantly Hip; The Modern Jazz Quartet." John took a look at a band that played together for four decades, with minimal personnel changes - The Modern Jazz Quartet. The core group members were John Lewis (piano), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Percy Heath (bass), and Connie Kay (drums). Percy Heath and Connie Kay replaced original quartet members Ray Brown (bass) and Kenny Clarke (drums). We listened to music that covered the period 1952 - 1991, including Vendome, Fun (with Jimmy Giuffre), The Golden Striker, Bag's Groove (with Sonny Rollins), Greensleeves (with Paul Desmond), Django, and Rockin' in Rhythm.