July 2  Tonight we again featured live jazz, when Jazz Central made their first appearance in the Cottage. The quartet is made up of Frankie Palermo (drums), Stuart Mindeman (piano), Jeff Greene (bass) and Dave Zielinski (tenor saxophone). The first set of live jazz commenced with Dizzy Gillespie's  Birk's Works and the standard Stella by Starlight, the latter featuring Stuart Mindeman's piano and Jeff Greene's bass. George Gershwin's classic Summertime was given a real funky feel, with some great tenor saxophone playing by Dave Zielinski. Thelonious Monk's Well You Needn't featured Frankie Palermo's drums, while My Romance again showcased Jeff's bass work. The funky feel returned for Sonny Rollins' jazz calypso St. Thomas and John Coltrane's Blue Train, which ended the first half of the evening's entertainment.

During the intermission, BJS President Ian Tiele was presented with Brookfield Jaycees' "Distingushed Service Award," for his volunteer work with the Society and other organizations. After the presentation, the jazz continued with more funk in the shape of Herbie Hancock's Cantaloupe Island. The Latin-flavored Gdansk led us into My One and Only Love, featuring Dave's saxophone and Stuart's piano. The evening ended with Dizzy Gillespie's tour-de-force A Night in Tunisia, featuring great solos by the whole band. Check out the photographs here.

June 25  This evening, David Rovner presented "Jewish Jazz: Oy, I'm Kveling!" David took a look at Jewish melodies and Jewish jazz musicians and music composers. Among the excellent music played were Benny Goodman's and Terry Gibbs' versions of Bei Mir Bist Du Schon, My Funny Valentine by the Big Jazz Band (featuring David himself on trumpet), S'Wonderful and Blue Skies by Harry Connick  Jr., Artie Shaw's Begin the Beguine and Errol Garner's Laura.

June 18  Tonight's live jazz was performed by the Indiana-based Monika Herzig Duo, who were making their third appearance in the Cottage. The duo is Monika Herzig (piano) and Peter Kienle (bass guitar). The evening started with an unusual arrangement of Cole Porter's What is This Thing Called Love, that contained elements of both bebop and classical music. The Lennon-McCartney pop tune In My Life, was given a fine jazz new arrangement by Monika, while another Cole Porter standard I Love Paris, featured an excellent vocal by Monika's seven year old daughter Melody, along with her mother's great piano playing and Peter's superb bass work.  Monika's own blues tune A Blue Guitarist on the Porch, showcased Peter's bass guitar playing skills, and Monika's piano was at the forefront on her own arrangement of This Little Light of Mine. The catchy Loro brought us up to the jaunty Italian Taxi Ride, another of Monika's original compositions. The first set ended with some ragtime piano, in the shape of Thriller Rag, another example of Monika's musical versatility.

The second half of the performance started with a rousing version of Chick Corea's La Fiesta. Another Herzig chart Bluesky, featured Peter's bass guitar. Next up was Monika's arrangements of another well-known pop tune - Bob Dylan's Blowin' in the Wind. Mercer Ellington's Things Ain't What They Used to Be was played as a blues, leading us into Monika's Spanish-tinged Olé. Miss Herzig's arrangement of Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years, brought us up to the last selection of the evening, which was medley of tunes, that included Someone to Watch Over Me, Scrapple from the Apple, Honeysuckle Rose, Misty and That's All. Check out the photographs here.

June 11  This evening was a "Jazz Movie Night." Frank Slabinak presented two jazz concerts that were filmed for French television: McCoy Tyner All-Stars at Antibes and Christian Escoudé & le Nouveau Trio - Gitan Jazz in Marciac 2008.  The 1986 live performance by pianist McCoy Tyner, featured Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, and Woody Shaw, while the second film featured French guitarist Christian Escoudé and his trio. 

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