May 27 Tonight, we welcomed back the Done Deal Band for their third appearance in the Cottage. The band is Dom Tarullo (keyboards/vocal), Rich Priore (guitar), Dan Moffett (saxophones), Bob Aldape (bass), and John Scoville (drums). The first set started with Nat Adderley's Work Song and the Cole Porter standard Night and Day, with both tunes featuring Dan Moffett's fine saxophone and the latter a vocal by keyboard player Dom Tarullo. Grant Green's composition No. 1 Green Street showcased Rich Priore's guitar and Dom's keyboard skills. A second vocal offering by Dom came in the shape of George Harrison's pop tune If I Needed Someone, while a funky version of Benny Golson's Killer Joe featured Rich Priore's great guitar. An unusual version of another pop song Wichita Lineman, brought us to Harlem Nocturne, a tune that was a perfect solo vehicle for Dan's saxophone. A funky medley of Tuxedo Junction and Opus One, led into Jimmy Smith's The Cat, featuring Dan, Dom and Rich. After I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues and Secret Love, came an amusing version of Istanbul, complete with band vocal, which ended the first half of the performance.
After the break, we heard Bob Aldape's bass and John Scoville's drums used to good effect on Kenny Dorham's Blue Bossa.Two more vocal numbers The Joint is Jumpin' and Mas Que Nada (with a vocal in Portuguese), were followed by Thelonious Monk's Well You Needn't. After a "witch medley" made up of the standards Witchcraft, That Old Devil Moon and That Old Black Magic, came Big Mamou and Sway. Another standard I Concentrate on You, was followed by some further funk in Stanley Turrentine's Sugar, which was a another feature for saxophonist Dan Moffett. A "Desi Arnaz medley" loosely titled Desi featured good work by the entire band. A wonderful evening came to a close with Rich, Dom and Dan soloing on All that Jazz. Check out the photographs here.
May 20 This evening, we had a "Jazz Movie Night." John Moscinski presented “The Miles Davis Story,” a documentary film that took a look at the life and career of the legendary trumpet player. The film contained some fine narration and plenty of great clips of Davis' playing.
May 13 Tonight, regular presenter Perry Huntoon took a look at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom in his presentation"Stompin' at the Savoy: A Remembrance of Harlem's Savoy Ballroom." The Savoy Ballroom was one of the best places in the country to hear big band jazz from the 1930s onwards. The Savoy's house bands included Chick Webb, Erskine Hawkins and Al Cooper's Savoy Sultans. Among the music we listened to was Al Cooper's Savoy Sultans playing Jumpin' at the Savoy, Fletcher Henderson's band with King Porter Stomp, Chick Webb and his Orchestra's Vote for Mr. Rhythm and Erskine Hawkin's playing Tuxedo Junction.
May 6 This evening was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music and video from their own collections to play and discuss.
April 29 (continued from previous page) The second half started with the trio playing Billy Strayhorn's Rain Check. Petra came back into the fold with a fine vocal on Soon its Going to Rain and Danny Adamant's drums were featured on Candy. Speak Low and Bob Dorough's Devil May Care, brought us to up to another trio offering Lil' Darlin'. Petra's performed a wonderful vocal on What a Little Moonlight Can Do, a tune that also featured Joe's drums. The ballad Little Girl Blue (from the musical Jumbo) and Slow Poke both showcased Andy's guitar work, bringing us to the final offering of the evening Sometime Ago. Check out the photographs here.
SOCIETY DIARY 04/29/10 - 05/27/10
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