September 10th Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music and video from their own collections to play and discuss.
September 3rd This evening, Society President Ian Tiele's audio-visual-presentation was "Kinda Dukish." Ian looked at the way that other musicians have played music connected with Duke Ellington. Ian used the Society's big screen to show some rare video footage of the Ellington Orchestra, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Ben Webster Quartet and others, comparing these versions to those of the Duke. We also saw a rare clip fromm a 1961 David Frost Show that featured Duke Ellington, Willie "The Lion" Smith and Billy Taylor playing Perdido on three separate grand pianos.
August 27th Tonight, regular presenter Jason Fustar treated us to a presentation on the life and career of the legendary Belgian guitartist Django Reinhardt. Among the great Django music Jason played were Swanee River, Daphne, Nuages, Modern Swing and Crazy Rhythm.
August 20th This evening's live jazz entertainment was provided by the five-piece Soulio. The quinted is made up of John Janowiak (trombone), Nic Meyer (tenor saxophone), Jay Montana (guitar), Greg Nergaard (acoustic & electric bass) and Dan Leali (drums). The music started with Lee Morgan's Terrible T, featuring Greg Nergaard's fine bass playing. John Janowiak's muted trombone and Nic Meyer's tenor saxophone were both featured on a rousing Selma March. Dan Leali's drums took solo honors on Bobby Timmons' soul-jazz classic Moanin' and there was some superb musical interplay on Wayne Shorter's Black Nile. Freddie Hubbard's Gibralter featured more of Greg's strong bass work and some funky guitar from Jay. John Janowiak produced a fine trombone solo on Bobby Hebb's sixties pop tune Sunny, which was followed by the Dexter Gordon composition Society Red, the latter number again showcasing Dan's drums. The set ended with the bands theme tune The Sticks.
The second set commenced with Duke Ellington's Caravan and Grant Green's Ain't it Funky Now. John's trombone was ar the forefront on both Bobby Timmons' Dat Dere and Jackie McLean's exciting Appointment in Ghana. The soulful Grazin' in the Grass featured some excellent guitar work by Jay. Nic's saxophone playing was highlighted on Large Marge and Miles Davis' All Blues, leading us to the final piece of the evening, an extremely funky version of Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man, a tune that contained strong solos by the entire band. Check out the photographs here.
August 13th Tonight, Marc Kritzer hosted a two-part program. During the first half, Marc held a trivia quiz, playing tracks by some of the bands that have performed for the Society over the last four years. After the intermission, members played and talked about DVD and video clips from their own collections, which were shown on our big screen.
SOCIETY DIARY 08/07/09 - 09/10/09
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