February 4th Tonight, we welcomed the Mudcats to the Cottage for their first visit. The band is made up of Dennis Trainor (clarinet/tenor sax), Jack Rusnak (cornet/vocals), Kim Mniszewski (trombone), Rich Marcisz (guitar), Freddie Sonntag (drums) and Richie Pardo (bass). The first offering of the evening set the pace for the whole night - the New Orleans classic Joe Avery's Blues, featuring Dennis Trainor's fine clarinet and some excellent guitar work from Rich Marcisz. Jack Rusnak's vocal talents were showcased on Lord, Lord, Lord, while Kim Mniszewski's trombone shone on Blue Turning Gray. (continued on next page)
January 28th This evening, Jason Fustar could not make his scheduled presentaion on Stan Getz, so Society President Ian Tiele took on the task and produced an excellent audio-visual perspective of Getz's life and career. Ian talked about the tenor saxophonist's musical career and played videos of some of his concert and television show appearances between the late-1940s and 1990. Among the great music was Hackensack (with John Coltrane and Oscar Peterson from 1960), The Girl from Ipanema (with Astrud Gilberto from 1964), 'Round About Midnight (with Milt Jackson from 1981) and Joy Spring (with the Manhattan Transfer from 1989).
January 21st Tonight's presentation was "A Quartet of Presentaions 2," which featured four mini-presentations: John Moscinski and Bob Syrup's "Before and After - Listening to Jazz Drummers," Lee Goode's "Klezmerific - Jewish Journeys into Jazz," Perry Huntoon's Bing Crosby and Ron Gubbins' "My Kind of Jazz." John gave drummer Bob a "blindfold test" that included Sensation Rag with Gene Krupa at the drums, Ed Thigpen's Squeaky's Blues and Art Blakey's Blues March. Lee Goode looked into the way that Jewish Klezmer music has interacted with jazz. Lee illustrated his talk with some great music, inclding Benny Goodman's Bei Mir Bist Du Schon, Terry Gibbs' Farewell Blues and Rhapsody in Blue by the Billy May Orchestra. Perry Huntoon presented an excellent thirty-minute look at the career of vocalist and movie star Bing Crosby. The jazz included From Monday On with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, Dinah with the Mills Brothers and St. Louis Blues, with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Ron Gubbins gave us "My Kind of Jazz," a program which featured mainly bop and fusion jazz music, including Cannonball Adderley's Dat Dere, Frank Zappa's Peaches En Regalia and guitarist Steve Morris' Take it Off the Top.
January 14th This evening, we welcomed back the Pullman Conductors of Jazz for their third visit to the Cottage. The band is made up of Matt Puralewski (tuba/vocals), Jack Rusnak (cornet/vocals), Dennis Trainor (clarinet/tenor sax), Bill Hutchins (banjo/guitar), and Kevin Mann (trombone/vocals). The evening started off with The Weary Blues and Shake That Thing, the former featuring Dennis Trainor's clarinet and the latter a vocal by Jack Rusnak. Bill Hutchins' guitar was used to good effect on If I Had You, while the whole band shone on Trouble in Mind, which included both a cornet solo and vocal by Jack. Benny Moten's composition South, featured Matt Puralewski's excellent tuba playing, as did Jack Rusnak's tune Tuba Matt's Big Parade, which was named for the band's leader. Dennis' tenor saxophone was showcased on I've Been Working on the Railroad and Kevin Mann's trombone was highlighted on Bourbon Street Parade, which also featured one of Jack's numerous vocals. The first session of the evening ended with Hindustan.
The second set commenced with This Train and Careless Love, both tunes epitomizing the popularity of this great ensemble. Bill Hutchin's guitar was at the forefront on Ain't She Sweet and the capacity audience even joined in on W.C. Handy's Yellow Dog Blues. Indiana was up next, followed by Lonesone Railroad Blues and Jelly Roll Morton's Doctor Jazz, the latter featuring superb tuba, clarinet and trombone solos. The evening came to a close with the Dixieland classic Tiger Rag, which was a fitting finale to a great evening of jazz. Check out the photos here.
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