November 4 Tonight, we welcomed the Aaron Koppel Quartet to the Cottage for their first appearance. The band consists of Aaron Koppel (guitar), Matt Nelson (piano), Alex Feldman (bass) and Ed Hermanek (drums). The first set started with Caravan and George Gershwin's Summertime. Aaron's fine guitar playing was showcased on Falling Together, while Matt Nelson's piano was used to good effect on Miles Davis' Solar. Eddie Harris' Cold Duck Time, led us into the standard Autumn Leaves, which featured excellent solos by both Aaron and Matt, which brought the first half of the evening's entertainment to a close.
The second session commenced with Bobby Timmons' soul-jazz tour de force Moanin'. The mood became mellow as the quartet played some Latin jazz in the shape of Antonio Carlos Jobim's Brasilian masterpiece Meditation. Henry Mancini's Days of Wine and Roses, brought us to Jimmy Smith's Back at the Chicken Shack, on which Alex Feldman's bass playing was featured. Sonny Rollin's magnificent calypso-orientated St. Thomas and the classic Body and Soul (both featuring Matt's piano and Aaron's guitar), brought us up to the final tune of the evening Alone Again.
October 28 This evening, Society President Ian Tiele's audio-visual presentation was "Early Chicago Jazz: The 1920s." Ian took a look at the thriving jazz scene in Chicago during the 1920s. We listened to some great music, including Tin Roof Blues (New Orleans Rhythm Kings), Sweet Lovin’ Man (King Oliver’s Jazz Band), Jazzin’ Baby Blues (Richard M. Jones and His Jazz Wizards, Nobody’s Sweetheart (McKenzie and Condon’s Chicagoans), Apex Blues (Jimmy Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra) and Mama’s Gone, Goodbye (Thelma Terry and Her Boyfiends).
October 21 Tonight, John Moscinski presented a "Jazz Movie Night." The chosen film was Duke Ellington, The Hollywood Years. The movie featured clips of the Ellington Orchestra playing and acting in both "soundies" and full length films.
October 14 This evening, Lee Goode's presentation was "The Lexicon of Jazz," in which he took a look at the vocabulary of jazz, including its words and expressions. Lee played some great music, including Cab Calloway's Kickin' the Gong Around, Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong dueting on Now You Has Jazz (from the movie High Society), Ben Webster playing Main Stem and Shine by Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band.
October 7 Tonight, we welcomed the Pat Mallinger Quartet to the Cottage for their first appearance. The band is made up of Pat Mallinger (alto sax), Alejandro Urzagaste (guitar), Dennis Carroll (bass) and George Fludas (drums). The evening started off with Deed I Do and Think of One. Pat's original composition Pigeon Peas and the standard When the Lights Are Low, both featured the leader's saxophone. Another of Pat's original charts Prognosis, brought us up to the final number of the first set Driftin', which featured George Fludas' drums.
The second half started with Ben Webster's Randall's Island, featuring Dennis Carroll's superb bass playing. Duke Ellington's I'm Beginning to See the Light, led us into Madeline's Lullaby, another original tune from Pat's pen that featured Alejandro Urzagaste's tasteful guitar. Joe Zawinul's Scotch and Water brought us up to the final offering of the evening Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise, which again showcased Pat's exceptional alto playing. The band received a deserved standing ovation from the Cottage crowd.
September 30 (Continued from previous page) After the break, Society President Ian Tiele took a look at the English Traditional Jazz scene from the mid 1940's into the early 1960s. Among the music we listened to were When the Saints Go Marching In (George Webb’s Dixielanders), Peter and the Wolf (Clyde Valley Stompers), Shine (Freddie Randall and His Band) and That’s My Home (Mr. Acker Bilk). The last presenter of the evening was by Doug Taylor, who took a look at a number of unusual versions of jazz classics. We listened to some excellent jazz, including Paris Blues (Merl Saunders), Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Gatemouth Brown), Summertime (Billy Stewart) and South (Willie Nelson).