November 26th Thanksgiving - No Meeting

November 19th This evening was a live jazz event, when the Tony Do Rosario Quartet came to the Cottage for their premier appearance. The band is made up of Tony Do Rosario (guitar), Geof Bradfield (tenor and soprano saxophones), Nathan Kawaller (bass) and Todd Howell (drums). The music started with a beautiful version of the jazz standard Invitation, featuring Geof Bradfield on tenor saxophone and a fine solo by Tony Do Rosario, reminicent of the late Grant Green. Geof switched to soprano saxophone and the mood changed to Latin jazz for Antonio Carlos Jobim's Once I Loved. Nathan Kawaller's excellent bass playing was showcased on the third number of the evening, which was a new composition by Tony - being so new, that it was still untitled! Another jazz classic, Body and Soul, featured a very mellow solo guitar introduction by Tony and some nice tenor saxophone from Geof. Geof switched back to soprano sax for the final number of the first set, George Shearing's boppish Conception, a tune that also featured Todd Howell's drums.

The second session commenced with Irving Berlin's How Deep is the Ocean, with fine work by Tony and Nathan. Past and Presentwas the night's second original composition from Tony's pen. This piece featured both the leader's guitar and Geof's soprano saxophone to good effect. The varied program continued with Fats Waller's quirky Jitterbug Waltz, a tune that the band performed to perfection. Tony's solo guitar introduction to Duke Ellington's Prelude to a Kiss was superb, and the number was given an unusual Latin feel by the quartet. There was some excellent guitar/tenor interplay between Tony and Geof, as well as good bass work from Nathan on Isfahan, another tune that was associated with Duke Ellington. The evening came to a close with a fabulous version of John Coltrane's Giant Steps. The band's Latin jazz working of this classic jazz composition was a perfect way to end a wonderful night. You can check out the photographs here.

November 12th Tonight was a "Jazz Movie Night" presented by Frank Slabinak. Frank showed two films: Billy Eckstine Sings & Dizzy Gillespie Swings and Jon Hendricks - Back to Normandie, on the Society's big screen. The Eckstine/Gillespie film featured Eckstine's wonderful voice and Gillespie's inovative trumpet on some classic big band bebop from the mid-1940s. Legendary vocalese singer Jon Hendricks appeared in concert in Normandie, France, where it was originally recorded for  French television in 2004.

November 5th This evening, Society President Ian Tiele's presentation was "Jazz Can Be Fun." Ian took a look at the lighter side side of jazz, playing tunes that brought a smile to the audience. Among the tracks we heard were School Days by the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, Straighten Up and Fly Right by the Nat "King" Cole Trio, Mose Allison's Parchman Farm and the Bill Evans Trio playing a wonderful version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

October 29th (continued from previous page) The second session started with a Leah vocal on Button Up Your Overcoat, followed by Spanish Shawl. Another four-tune medley (Makin' Whoopee, Manhattan, Do You Love Me Just a Little Bit and If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight) brought us to Quality Shout and an impromptu version of Happy Birthday for Carolyn, a member of the capacity audience. The standard Out of Nowhere, Crosspatch (with a great vocal by Leah) and Without My Gal, the latter with John taking over the vocal duties, as well as producing a fine alto sax solo. Blazin' led us into Frankfurter Sandwiches, which featured another humorous vocal from Mike. John Otto's saxophone work was again showcased on Torrid Rhythm, bringing us to the band's final offering of the evening Tiger Rag, which featured superb solos by the entire group, leading to a well-deserved standing ovation. Check out the photographs here.

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SOCIETY DIARY 10/29/09 - 11/26/09
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