March 4th  Tonight, we welcomed back the Chicago Hot Club Quartet to the Cottage for their second visit. The band is made up of Katie Andrick (violin/arranger), Kevin Rush (guitar), Fred Krubel (guitar) and Dan Huber (bass). The first set started off with George Gershwin's Embraceable You and the Reinhardt/Grappelli tune Swing Guitars, with both numbers showcasing Katie Andrick's top-class violin playing. Django Reinhardt's Belleville was followed by Just a Closer Walk with Thee, bringing us to the up-tempo Sweet Georgia Brown, which featured some nice bass work by Daniel Huber, as well as great playing by the two guitarists. Katie shone on Black Orpheus and Jerome Kern's Yesterdays, while Fred and Kevin's guitars were at the forefront on Django Reinhardt's Swing 42 and the final offering of the first session - Minor Swing. (continued on next page)

February 25th This evening, regular Perry Huntoon's subject looked at the career of bandleader and trombonist Tommy Dorsey - a career that lasted from the 1920's until his death in 1956. Perry concentrated on Dorsey's more swinging band arrangements, that were mostly recorded from the mid-1930s to the latter stages of the forties. We listened to some excellent music from both the Dorsey big band and Tommy's smaller "Clambake Seven," including Weary Blues, At the Codfish Ball, Hawaiian War Chant, Swing Time Up in Harlem, Zonky and Panama.

February 18th  Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music and video from their own collections to play and discuss.

February 11th  This evening, Society President Ian Tiele's presentation was "Early Harlem Jazz: From Stride to Bebop." Ian looked at the various ways that jazz was played in the New York City neighborhood of Harlem from the early 1920s up until 1941. We listened to stride piano in the shape of James P. Johnson's Charlston and Fats Waller's Haitian Blues; early big band jazz, including Fletcher Henderson's Varirty Stomp and Duke Ellington's Cotton Club Stomp; big band swing with Chick Webb's Stomping at the Savoy and Jimmie Lunceford's Organ Grinder's Swing and bebop with music from some great jam sessions featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Don Byas, Charlie Christian, Thelonious Monk and others.

February 4th (continued from previous page) The New Orleans mood continued with Eh La Bas, which featured a band vocal and Jelly Roll Morton's Winin' Boy Blues, with a vocal refrain by Jack.  Just a Little While to Stay Here started with a drum introduction by Freddie Sonntag and had fine solos from Dennis (clarinet) and Rich (guitar). There was some excellent drum/guitar interplay on Duke Ellington's Creole Love Call on which Dennis' tenor saxophone was also heard to good effect. Big Butter and Egg Man and Don't Go Way Nobody brought us up to the end of the first half of the evening's music.

The second set started with a bass feature for Richie Pardo on You Can Depend on Me. I Can't Give You Anything But Love contained one of Dennis' wonderful saxophone solos, while another Duke Ellington title Mood Indigo, led us into Blue Drag and Sonny Rollin's calypso-flavored St. Thomas. Dennis Trainor's clarinet and Richie Pardo's bass were the featured instruments on yet another Ellington chart Just Squeeze Me. The band's version of Going Down to New Orleans contained superb ensemble playing, as well as a band vocal. The final number of the evening was a rousing version of the New Orleans anthem When the Saints Go Marching In. Check out the photographs here.

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SOCIETY DIARY 02/04/10 - 02/25/10
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