December 16 This evening was the Society's Christmas Party. There was a great party atmosphere with a silent auction, raffle and spot prizes. For the evening's live entertainment, we welcomed the West End Jazz Band to the Cottage for their third visit. The band is made up of Mike Bezin (cornet/vocals/drums), Leah Bezin (banjo/guitar/vocals), John Otto (alto sax/clarinet/vocals), Frank Gualtieri (trombone/vocals), Mike Walbridge (tuba) and Andy Schumm (drums/cornet). (Continued on next page)
December 9 Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music from their own collections to play and discuss and John Moscinski presented an excellent informal Holiday quiz.
December 2 This evening, we welcomed the Summer Kwai Quartet to the Cottage for their first visit. The band is made up of Summer Kwai (vocals), Kevin O'Connell (piano), Mike Staren (bass) and Rick Vitek (drums) with guest Ed Petrella (drums). The evening started off with a breezy version of I've Got the World On a String and some Brasilian jazz in So Danca Samba. Out of Nowhere featured a bass/vocal intro and a nice piano solo by Kevin O'Connell. Summer Kwai's dulcet tones were heard to good effect on George Gershwin's A Foggy Day and Swinging Shepherd Blues, which also featured a fine arco bass solo by Mike Staren. The ballad Ghost of a Chance featured a vocal/piano duet between Summer and Kevin. Another Brasilian offering Triste found Summer singing in Portuguese, leading us into a quirky'S Wonderful, featuring Mike on bass. A bluesy version of Willow Weep for Me was a showcase for Summer's versatile vocal talents. Summer took a break for the next number and left the trio to play an instrumental in the shape of You Stepped Out of a Dream, which showcased Rick Vitek's drumming.
The second half of the evening's entertainment commenced with everyone singing Happy Birthday to Society President Ian Tiele. This was followed by the Cole Porter standard Love for Sale and an excellent version of Our Love is Here to Stay. Another bluesy tune Centerpiece, again featured a vocal/bass duet and plenty of scatting from Summer. The beautiful I Thought About You brought us to There Will Never be Another You and some more Latin jazz with One Note Samba. The jazz turned seasonal with Mel Torme's The Christmas Song, for which Rick relinquished the drum chair to guest Ed Petrella. A rousing Green Dolphin Street, brought us up to the final number of the evening, Frank Foster's Shiny Stockings. The capacity audience gave Summer and the band a very long standing ovation.
November 25 Thanksgiving - No Meeting
November 18 Tonight was a "Jazz Movie Night." During the first half of the evening, we watched two episodes of the TV show Jazz Casual from the early sixties: The Cannonball Adderley Quintet (1961) and The Modern Jazz Quartet (1962). After the intermission, we watched a great Latin jazz concert "Jam Miami," featuring some of Latin jazz's greatest musicians, including Arturo Sandoval, Chick Corea, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Escovedo and Dave Samuels.
November 11 This evening, Society Vice President Perry Huntoon took a look at the life and career of trumpeter Roy Eldridge. Among the great music that we listened to were Lookie, Lookie, Here Comes Cookie from 1935 (with Teddy Hill and His Orchestra), Swing Is Here from 1936 (with Gene Krupa’s Swing Band), Let Me Off Uptown from 1941 (with Gene Krupa and His Orchestra), Tea For Two (from an Esquire Metropolitan Opera House jam session from 1944), Dale’s Wail from 1953 and Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea from 1975. We also watched a video clip of Eldridge playing in a jam session at the 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival.
SOCIETY DIARY 11/05/10 - 12/16/10
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