April 1st Tonight, David Rovner presented a "Jazz Movie Night" on the society's big screen, featuring the 1950 film Young Man with a Horn, which was loosely based on the life of jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke. The movie starred Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall and Doris Day.
March 25th This evening was the Society's 5th Anniversary Party. There was a real party atmosphere, with the music being provided by Jeru, who were making their second appearance in the Cottage. The festivities included a silent auction, giveaways and a presentation to the loser" of the "Last Note Played" raffle competion (the people who played the raffle the most, and lost the most). The winning "losers" were Ian Tiele and John Moscinski, who were presented with Anniversary ceramic beer mugs.
Jeru is made up of Ted Hogarth (baritone saxophone), Joe Policastro (bass), Art Davis (trumpet) and Bob Rummage (drums). The show started with Line for Lyons and The Carioca, the latter featuring Joe Policastro's bass and Bob Rummage's drums. Joe's bass work was again showcased on Struttin' with Some Barbeque and Ted Hogarth's saxophone was featured on Claude Thornhill's Snowfall. Jive at Five was followed by Ide's Side and Dinah. The final tune of the first set was Swings, which featured Bob Rummage's drums.
The second part of the evening's entertainment commenced with Soft Shoe and Gerry Mulligan's Jeru, which featured Ted's baritone saxophone to good effect. Next up was Travellin' Light, which was followed by Charlie Parker's bebop classic Scrapple from the Apple and Lullaby of the Leaves. Perdido again featured Ted's saxophone and Joe treated us to a fine bowed-bass solo on Moonlight in Vermont. A wonderful evening came to a close with Bark for Barksdale. Check out the photographs here.
March 18th Tonight, Society President Ian Tiele, reprised last May's "The Latin Bit" presentation with "Latin Jazz - Revisited." Ian took a look at a whole new bunch of Latin jazz tunes and performers, including Herbie Hancock playing his composition Watermelon Man, Charlie Parker with a fine version of La Cucaracha, Lou Donaldson with South of the Border, Sonando by Poncho Sanchez and Tito Puente's Mambo Diablo.
March 11th This evening, Society Vice President Lee Goode's presentation took a look at the life and music of French violinist (and underrated pianist) Stephane Grappelli, whose work with Django Reinhardt and others, made him one of jazz's best known violin players. We listened to Grappelli being intervied on a 1973 South African radio program, several pieces of music with him playing with the Hot Club de France, including Dinah, Tiger Rag, Shine and Chicago and a number of tracks featuring Grappelli with other musicians, such as How High the Moon (with Stuff Smith), Arpege (with Gary Burton) and Night and Day (with Bucky Pizzarelli).
March 4th (continued from previous page) The second part of the evening's entertainment commenced with the standard All of Me and Django Reinhardt's Djangology. Katie produced fine solos on the frantic Limehouse Blues and and the much slower Georgia on My Mind. W.C. Handy's perennial favorite St. Louis Blues was given the Gypsy jazz treatment by the band, with superb guitar playing by Kevin and Fred. An unusual choice of tune was a jazz version of the Theme from Super Mario 2, but the quartet played it beautifully. Dan Huber's bass was featured on Django Reinhardt's Nuages, leading us into Daphne and the final tune of the evening, Avalon. Check out the photographs here.
SOCIETY DIARY 02/26/10 - 04/01/10
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