October 29th Tonight, we welcomed back the popular West End Jazz Band for their second appearance in the Cottage. The band is made up of Mike Bezin (cornet/vocals/drums), Leah Bezin (banjo/guitar/vocals), John Otto (alto sax/clarinet/vocals), Frank Gualtieri (trombone/vocals), Mike Walbridge (tuba) and Andy Schumm (drums/cornet). The evening started with some hot dance music in the shape of Red Lips Kiss My Blues Away, complete with a period vocal by Mike Bezin. Bell Hoppin' Blues featured Leah Bezin's banjo and Frank Gualtieri's trombone to good effect. Third up was a medley of four dance melodies: It All Depends on You, You're My Everything, Hands Across the Table and Home. Next came She's Got It, with Frank taking over vocal duties, while Leah's dulcit tones were heard on Whose Honey are You? Frank's trombone, John Otto's alto saxophone and Mike's cornet were the featured instruments on Hoagy Carmichael's classic Stardust., which was propelled by Leah's ultra-steady banjo beat. John's vocal skills were displayed on the quirky Miss Annabelle Lee, which also featured excellent trombone/saxophone interplay. John stayed in the vocal chair for When I Take My Suger to Tea, a tune that also showcased Mike Walbridge's talents on the Tuba. Mike Bezin's vocal was a crowd-pleaser on the humerous Hungry Women, which led us into the Spanish-tinged Under a Texas Moon. The final two tunes of the first set had Andy Schumm and Mike Bezin swopping instruments, with Andy soloing on cornet on Jelly Roll Morton's Tank Town Bump and Burnin' the Iceberg, two pieces that also featured John's clarinet work. (continued on next page)
October 22nd This evening's presentation was "Jazz Profiles: A Quartet of Jazz Presentations." Regular presenters John Moscinski, David Rovner, Ian Tiele and Frank Slabinak combined forces to treat us to four separate 30 minute mini-presentations: John Moscinski - McRea Sings Monk, David Rovner - Neil Hefti, Ian Tiele - Cowboy and In'jun Jazz and Frank Slabinak - Spike Hughes' Negro Band.
John kicked off by playing a selection of Thelonious Monk tunes by both the composer and Ben Riley's Legacy Septet, comparing them to vocal versions of the same tunes by the singer Carmen McRae. We listened to Well You Needn't, Ruby My Dear, Rhythm-a-ning, Pannonica and others. David Rovner talked about the arranger Neil Hefti and illustrated his presentation with a selection of Hefti arrangements for the Woody Herman Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra and the Harry James Orchestra. David finished with a vocal version of Hefti's Girl Talk, performed by BJS favorite Sue Pasquale.
BJS President Ian Tiele, took a look at how jazz has been mixed with "wild west" themes over the years. Among the music we listended to were two versions of Johnny Mercer's I'm an Old Cowhand (Charlie Barnet Orchestra and Sonny Rollins), The Yellow Rose of Texas, by English saxophonist Tubby Hayes and Bud Powell playing Cherokee. Frank Slabinak had produced a DVD for his presentation on Spike Hughes' Negro Band. Frank cleverly used visual narrative and images to inform his audience about the subject, while they listened to some great music by the band, including the standard Sweet Sue.
October 15th Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music and video from their own collections to play and discuss.
SOCIETY DIARY 10/09/09 - 10/29/09
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