August 5 Tonight's live jazz was again performed by the Indiana-based Monika Herzig Duo, who were making their fourth appearance in the Cottage. The duo is Monika Herzig (piano) and Peter Kienle (bass guitar). The evening started with one of Monika's original compositions The Blue Guitarist on the Porch, which featured some of Peter's great bass work. The Child Within was followed by another original Monika chart Italian Taxi Ride, a tune that showcased Monika's wonderful piano technique. Marian McPartland's In the Day of Our Lives, was followed by yet another composition from Monika's pen The Mosquito Story. Hoagy Carmichael's quirky Lazy Bones brought us to the end of the first set.
The second half started with Pat Metheny's James, a tune that featured Peter's bass to good effect. Monika shone on Errol Garner's Misty and Wes Montgomery's Grooveyard. Next on the musical agenda was Where or When and some ragtime in the shape of the Novelty Rag. Thelonious Monk's boppish Straight No Chaser, led us into the final final tune of the evening, Dave Brubeck's Take Five.
July 29 This evening, Perry Huntoon's presentation was "A Jack Teagarden Retrospective." Perry took a look at the life and career of the legendary trombonist/vocalist Jack Teagarden. Among the excellent music we listened to were Teagarden's theme tune I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, If I Could Be With You, Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jibes, Stars Fell On Alabama, St. Louis Blues and I Found A New Baby.
July 22 Tonight, we welcomed the Mark O'Connor Quintet to the Cottage for their first visit. The band is made up of Mark O'Connor (saxophones), Victor Garcia (trumpet/flugelhorn), Jeremy Kahn (keyboard), Jon Paul (bass) and Todd Howell (drums).
The first set started with The Sound of Joy, featuring Victor Garcia on flugelhorn and Mark's own composition Para Tom, that showcased Jon Paul's bass playing. Another O'Connor chart The Beast, gave Todd Howell a chance to shine at the drums. Mark's saxophone and Jon's bass were featured on the ballad Darn That Dream and there was some nice bass/drums interplay on Cady's Groove, which brought the first session to a close.
The second half of the evening's entertainment commenced with Jackie McLean's Little Melonae and Pillows, the latter featuring Mark's saxophone and Victor's flugelhorn. George Gershwin's I Got Rhythm, led us into Quiet Snow and the final number of the evening Blues for Ethan, another original from Mark's pen that featured his saxophone playing to perfection. The quintet received a well-deserved standing ovation.
July 15 This evening was a "Jazz Movie Night," presented by John Moscinski - we watched the superb movie Music in the Key of Oscar. This riveting music documentary traced the history of piano legend Oscar Peterson, from his early days as Montreal's teenage boogie-woogie sensation, through his meteoric rise to international celebrity. One highlight in the treasure trove of musical gems was footage of the legendary Oscar Peterson Trio (bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis) who, after a 20-year hiatus, reunited in order to prove that it still had the magic.
July 8 Tonight, Society President Ian Tiele's audio-visual presentation was "The Blues Can Be Fun." Ian followed up last year's popular "Jazz Can Be Fun" with an equivalent presentation that showed how the blues can sometimes put a smile on your face. We watched some great film footage, including music by Meade Lux Lewis (Boogie Woogie), John Lee Hooker (One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Gin), Buddy Guy (Sweet Home Chicago), The Rolling Stones (Little Red Rooster) and a great jam session version of How Blue Can You Get, featuring B.B. King, Eric Clapton and a host of blues legends from the movie "Blues Brothers 2000."