September 30 Tonight, we featured the fourth in our very popular series of "A Quartet of Jazz Presenters." This evening's presenters were Lee Goode (African Jazz), Frank Slabinak (Not for Broadcast), Ian Tiele (It's Trad, Dad) and Doug Taylor (Close Enough for Jazz? Unusual Versions of Jazz Classics). Lee Goode kicked things off with some great examples of jazz from Africa, including Likambo (performed by Kékélé, Gbomojo (performed by Segun Bucknor and His Revolution) and Yakhal' Inkomo (performed by the Mankuno Quartet). Next up was Frank Slabinak, who played some excellent jazz that had originally not been available to the general public. We listened to Sterling Jam Sesssion, a long track from a Sterling Beer promotional album and a souvenir record of Duke Ellington playing at a 1966 FEEC Convention. (Continued on next page)
September 23 This evening was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music and video from their own collections to play and discuss.
September 16 Tonight, Frank Slabinak (aka Handbuilt Films) presented a "Jazz Movie Night" featuring his own video movie "Lunch on The Lake." The film featured the Monika Herzig Trio playing a live concert at North Western University on August 5th. The Society was the first group to see this film. Frank also showed the film The Berlin Jazz Piano Workshop from 1965, featuring Teddy Wilson, Earl Hines, Lennie Tristano, Jaki Byard, Bill Evans and John Lewis.
September 9 This evening, we welcomed the Juli Wood Quartet to the Cottage for their first appearance. The band is made up of
Juli Wood (tenor saxophone and vocals), Rob Block (keyboards and guitar), Matt Furgeson (bass) and Todd Howell (drums). The evening's jazz kicked off with Sweet and Lovely and the Night Has a Thousand Eyes (the former featuring Rob Block's piano and the latter his guitar playing). I Hear a Rhapsody featured Juli's saxophone and also some tasteful drumming from Todd Howell. Ms. Wood performed both the saxophone and vocal duties on September in the Rain and Tadd Dameron's If You Could see Me Now.Bebop closed the first set, with a great version of Charlie Parker's Ornithology.
The second session started with Miles Davis' Dig and the standard You Stepped Out of a Dream, both showcasing Rob's piano playing. Juli again showed off her vocal talents on On the Street Where You Live, which also featured Rob's guitar and some nice bass/drums interplay. The Latin tune You Won't Forget Me, brought us up to the final number of the evening Broadway, which featured Todd's drums and Matt Furgeson's bass. The band received a well-deserved standing ovation.
September 2 Tonight, the Society took to the road again for our second "off-site" meeting, when we took a luxury bus to see pianist Ahmad Jamal perform his 80th birthday concert with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra at the Chicago Jazz Festival in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The bus left Irish Times at 5:30 p.m. and arrived in Chicago early enough for everyone to find seating in the pavilion, rather than having sit on the lawn. The concert was superb and everyone had a great time.
August 26 This evening, Society President Ian Tiele took an audio-visual look at the life and career of pianist Dave Brubeck, who has been playing great jazz for over 70 years. Among the music we listened to were Playland-at-the-Beach, A Foggy Day, Unsquare Dance, Take 5 (video), Blue Rondo a la Turk (video) and London Flat, London Sharp (video).
August 19 Tonight, regular presenter Frank Slabinak's audio-visual presentation looked at some of the great jazz programs that have graced our television screens over the years. We watched some complete programs such as the English Jazz 625 and the American Frankly Jazz, as well as clips from several other excellent jazz programs.
August 12 This evening was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music from their own collections to play and discuss.