August 6th Tonight, live jazz was back in the Cottage when the Mark Colby Quartet came to town. The band consists of Mark Colby (tenor saxophone), Mike Pinto (guitar), Eric Hochberg (bass) and Keith Brooks (drums). The evening started with the standard My Romance and the beautiful jazz waltz Sometime Ago, both tunes featuring Mark Colby's fine saxophone playing. Mark's own composition, the unusually-titled Myth Mary's Blues, had fine solos from Mike Pinto on guitar and Keith Brooks on drums. The title track from Mark's latest CD Reflections, showcased the leader's saxophone and Eric Hochberg's strong bass work. The first set ended with the Latin jazz classic Girl From Ipanema.
The second part of the evening's entertainment began with Arthur Schwartz's Alone Together. College of DuPage Music Director, Tom Tallman joined the band on cornet for Freddie Hubbard's Up Jumped Spring, which also featured Mark's fine tenor saxophone. Sonny Rollins' Oleo again featured Tom's cornet, as well as Keith's drums. The ballad My One and Only Love contained a superb tenor saxophone solo, while You and the Night and the Music highlighted Mike Pinto's excellent guitar. Check out the photographs here.
July 30 This evening, John Moscinski and Nick Knickrehm hosted a panel discussion that featured several BJS members who have music backgrounds. The panel was made up of Bob Gray, Jerry Jirak, Lee Goode, Jim Lelco, George Diven, Bill Buehring and Bob Syrup. The first half of the evening gave each panelist a chance to talk about their own musical experiences. After the intermission, members asked the panel specific questions about music and their experiences, while John Moscinski played some relevant recorded jazz, including I Want to Be a Sideman by Dave Frishberg and Jay Leonart's The Louie Bellson Song.
July 23 Tonight's live jazz was performed by the Chris Greene Quartet, who were making their third appearance in the Cottage. The quartet comprises Chris Greene (tenor and soprano saxophones), Damian Espinosa (piano), Marc Piane (acoustic bass), and Tyrone Blair (drums). The first set commenced with Charles Mingus' rarely-heard Nostalgia in Times Square and Chick Corea's fusion masterpiece 500 Miles High, both numbers featuring Chris Greene's fine tenor saxophone playing. Next up was Amalgasantos and Ellis Marsalis' Swinging at the Haven, the latter number featuring Marc Piane's bass and Tyrone Blair's drums. Chris alternated between tenor and soprano soprano saxophoness on his own composition 4.23, before the first half ended with Duke Ellington's ballad In a Sentimental Mood, which showcased Damian's fine piano playing.
A rousing version of Bernie's Tune kicked off the second part of the evening. Tyrone Blair's drums were featured on another Duke Ellington composition Caravan, while Damian's original tune In Confidence featured both the composer's piano and Chris' tenor saxophone. Another of Mr. Greene's original compositions Monsieur Tati, highlighted Marc's great bass work, leading us into the final offering of the evening, the soulful Hank Williams tune You Win Again. Check out the photographs here.
July 16 This evening, Perry Huntoon took a look at the musical career of Charlie Barnet, leader of what was known as "The Blackest White Band of Them All." Barnet's bands featured the top musicians of the day, producing a string of hit records. Perry played a varied selection of Barnet's music, including Nagasaki, Sing, Baby, Sing, The Count's Idea, Pompton Turnpike, Cherokee/Redskin Rhumba, Skyliner, The Moose and Rabble Rouser.
July 9 Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along music from their own collections to play and discuss.