April 29th Tonight, we welcomed vocalist Petra van Nuis' quartet to the Cottage for their first visit. The band is Petra van Nuis (vocals), Andy Brown (guitar), Doug Hayes (bass) and Joe Adamik (drums). The show kicked off with the rhythm trio playing I'll See You in My Dreams. Petra joined the action with If I Had You, which featured a lovely bowed-bass solo by Doug Hayes. Andy Brown's guitar was used to good effect on the beautiful standard A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, which was followed by The Simple Life and the ballad Then I'll Be Tired of You, with another nice bowed-bass solo by Doug. Petra sat out on George Wallington's Godchild and returned to do a wonderful vocal on The Moon Was Yellow (And the Night Was Young. Petra and Doug dueted on Young at Heart, bringing us to the final number of the first set, Young and Foolish. (continued on next page)
April 22nd This evening, Society President Ian Tiele's audio-visual presentation was titled "Tempus Fugit: The Bud Powell Story." Ian took a look at the tragic life and career of the legendary bebop pianist Bud Powell, who along with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, was a major influence on how the bebop style of jazz developed in the early to mid 1940s. Ian played music recorded throughout Powell's career, including You Talk a Little Trash (with Cootie Williams), Dexter Rides Again and Broadway (with Dexter Gordon), Donna Lee and Perdido (with Charlie Parker) and Ornithology, Cherokee and Satin Doll, recorded with his trio. We also watched four film clips of Bud recorded in Paris in 1959; Anthropology, Blues in the Closet, Get Happy and 52nd Street Theme.
April 15th Tonight, we had two separate presentations (both on the Society's big screen). In the first half of the evening, Marc Kritzer presented a "Music Trivia Quiz" that featured music recorded by a variety of the bands that have played for the Society over the last few years. The music that Marc played included Monika Herzig with You're So Vain, Shawn Maxwell playing Sister Red, Zvonimir Tot's Hidden Truths and the West End Jazz Band playing I'm a Harmony Baby.
After the break, Ron Gubbins presented "Is that Jazz?" Ron played film clips of jazz and jazz-fusion musicians, and discussed their relevance in the world of jazz. Among the music played by Ron were tunes by drummer Steve Smith (including a performance with the Buddy Rich Orchestra), Gil Scott Heron, The Dixie Dregs and Jaco Pastorius.
April 8th This evening, we welcomed back the Marshall Vente Trio for their second visit to the Cottage. Marshall is one of Chicago's top jazz pianists and he is a regular radio host on WDCB 90.9FM, with his Jazz Tropicale program. Today was also Marshall's birthday, so ther was a real party atmosphere. Marshall's trio is made up of Marshall Vente (piano), Scott Moore (bass) and Isi Perez (drums). The first set started with Herbie Hancock's Driftin' and a fast-paced "dolphin medley" of Dolphin Dance, The Dolphin and Green Dolphin Street, the latter featuring Isi Perez's fine drum work. While We're Young featured a nice piano/bass duet between Marshall and Scott, while the ballad Blue in Green showcased Marshall's more delicate side, bringing the first set to a close. Before the intermission, Marshall was presented with a birthday cake by Society President Ian Tiele and the audience responded with a memorable version of Happy Birthday.
The second part of the evening commenced with Marshall's beautiful composition A Bill Evans Tune for Ra, which was written for Marshall's wife. Next up was Carlos Lyra's Você E Eu, followed by The New Girl from Ipanema, featuring Scott's bass and Isi's drums. All of you featured Marshall's piano and Alone Together had a superb bass introduction by Scott, as well as more excellent drumming by Isi. Another Herbie Hancock tune Tell Me a Bedtime Story, that again featured Marshall's piano, led us into the final number of the evening, Marshall's Theme. Check out the photographs here.