January 7th  Tonight, guest presenter David Winski kicked off the new decade with "Pianists' Pianists: Four hard-swinging Sleepers from the Golden Age of Jazz." This was an audio-visual presentation that featured four under-rated pianists who came up in the 1950s, but for a variety of reasons, never garnered the acclaim of the jazz audience at large. The piano players David featured were Hampton Hawes, Dave McKenna, Phineas Newborn and Roland Hanna. We listened to some great music, including Hawes' I Got Rhythm and Easy Living, McKenna's Sleepy Waltz and Poor Butterfly, Newborn's A Night in Tunisia and Back Home, and Roland Hanna performing This Can't Be Love.

December 31st  New Year's Eve - No Meeting

December 24th  Christmas Eve - No Meeting

December 17th Tonight was the Society's annual Christmas Party, with the live jazz entertainment being provided by the New Standard Quartet, who were making their fourth appearance in the Cottage. Unlike previous years, this year's event was restricted to BJS members and their spouses only - this gave the party a more "family" feel. As well as the usual spot prizes, raffles and great food, we also held a members' "Christmas Grab Bag," which was a great success.

The New Standard Quartet is made up of Ken Partyka (saxophones), Pat Fleming (guitar), Curt Bley (bass) and Rick Vitek (drums). The music started with Sam Jones' Unit 7, featuring Curt Bley's bass and Rick Vitek's fine drum work. Next, Ken Partyka's alto saxophone was prominent on Oliver Nelson's Stolen Moments. Jerome Kern's All the things You Are has become a jazz standard and the New Standard Quartet certainly lived up to their name with a wonderful rendition of the tune. Next up was One Eyed Jack, an original composition from the pen of guitarist Pat Fleming. Ken's saxophone and Curt's bass were featured on Duke Ellington's ballad In a Sentimental Mood, while The Meters' Cissy Strut showcased Pat Fleming's funky guitar work and Rick's fine drumming. The seasonal Let it Snow and The Christmas Song, brought the first half of the evening's entertainment to a close.

The second session commenced with Tadd Dameron's bop classic Ladybird and another Meters' tune Hey Pocky Way, the latter featuring some funky bass and sax playing. Charlie Haden's First Song featured a very mournful saxophone solo by Ken Partyka. The Brazilian choro Lamentos, led us into Pat Metheny's James, a tune that featured Pat's guitar to great effect. The Lennon-McCartney classic pop tune Norwegian Wood brought us to another seasonal offering in O Tannenbaum, on which Curt's bass took solo honors. The Christmas spirit continued with a jazzy Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and the final number of the night a mellow version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Check out the photographs here.

December 10th  This evening was a Christmas-themed "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along Christmas jazz music from their own collections to play and discuss.

December 3rd Tonight, John Moscinski presented a "Jazz Movie Night." John's chosen movie was "Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer," which was shown on the Society's big screen. The film looked at the fascinating, yet tragic life of one of jazz's best female vocalists - Anita O'Day. After the showing of the movie, John presented a short quiz based on the film, with several members winning some nice jazz prizes.

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SOCIETY DIARY 11/27/09 - 01/07/10
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