July 1 This evening, we welcomed the Ross Hubble Trio back to the Cottage for their second appearance. The trio is Ross Hubble (guitar), Larry Rutan (guitar) and Mike Daly (bass). The band play Gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt. However, their repertoire includes jazz tunes from several different genres, played in the Gypsy jazz style. The jazz started with All of Me and Autumn Leaves, both tunes featuring the dual guitars of Ross Hubble and Larry Rutan. Mike Daly shined on bass on both If I Had You and Exactly Like You. Charlie Parker's bebop composition Billie's Bounce and Kenny Dorham's Blue Bossa were given the full Gypsy jazz treatment by the trio, showing their amazing versatility. Undecided brought the first half of the evening to a close.
The second set began with I'll See You in My Dreams and Sweet Georgia Brown, both tunes showcasing Ross and Larry's great guitar playing, while Mike's bass was at the forefront on I Can't Give You Anything But Love. The trio moved to Latin jazz for Meditation and Black Orpheus (aka A Day in the Life of a Fool). Next up was Limehouse Blues and Django Reinhardt's Nuages. When You're Smiling and Minor Swing brought us up to the final number of the evening, Django's Tiger. The band received a very warm standing ovation.
June 24 Tonight, regular presenter Frank Slabinak's offering was "The Jazz Train," an audio-visual presentation that took a look at the way that trains have featured in jazz music titles over the years. Frank found some great railway film footage to accompany the music and also shot a lot of his own footage that featured local railways. Among the music we listened to were Railroad Rhythm (Clarence Williams' Jazz Kings), Choo Choo (Frankie Trumbaur and His Orchestra), Chattanooga Choo Choo (Glenn Miller and His Orchestra), Waitin' for the Train to Come In (Harry James and His Orchestra), Night Train (Buddy Morrow and His Orchestra) and Last Train from Overbrook (Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin).
June 17 This evening was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music from their own collections to play and discuss.
June 10 Tonight, Society President Ian Tiele gave an audio-visual presentation on the big screen titled "Americans in Europe." Ian looked at a number of the American jazzmen who relocated to Europe to ply their trade. Among the musicians Ian discussed were Don Byas, Sidney Bechet, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker and Stan Getz. We watched some rare film footage, including Sidney Bechet playing St. Louis Blues in France, Decxter Gordon playing Loose Walk in Holland, Chet Baker with Airegin (from Belgium) and Stan Getz playing Woody 'n You in Italy.
June 3 This evening, we featured the third in our popular series of "A Quartet of Presentations." Tonight's presenters/topics were: Perry Huntoon - "Ghostly Echoes of the Big Bands," John van Bosse - "New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm," Ian Tiele - "Louis Jordan and David Rovner - "Ernie Wilkins-Harry's Secret Weapon." Perry kicked things off with his talk about "ghost bands," these being big bands that carried on playing or were reformed, after their leader had died. We listened to some great music, including Lee Castle leading the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra on For Kicks Only, Buddy DeFranco in charge of the Glenn Miller Orchestra playing Charlie Cat and Frank Tiberi fronting the Woody Herman band on Sail Away. John van Bosse made his Society presenting debut with a feature about Stan Kenton's 1952 album "New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm." We heard several tracks from the album, including Prologue (This Is An Orchestra!), Frankly Speaking, Stompin' at the Savoy and Yesterdays.
After the break, Society President Ian Tiele's presentation took a short look at the life and career of Louis Jordan. Jordan was one of the most successful jazz and rhythm and blues musicians ever. Ian played a selection of Jordan's music, including Ain't No One Here But Us Chickens, Saturday Night Fish Fry, Crazy Baby and Let the Good Times Roll. David Rovner brought the evening to a close with a look at the arranging work that Ernie Wilkins did for several of Harry James' bands. We listened to Get of the Stand, The Jazz Connoisseur, Harry's Delight and Take the A Train.