January 13  This evening, we welcomed the Alison Ruble Quintet to the Cottage for their first appearance. The band is made up of Alison Ruble (vocals), John Moulder (guitar), Karl Montzka (piano/organ), Larry Kohut (bass) and Eric Montzka (drums). The first session started off with Benny Golson's Alone Together, featuring Karl Montzka's organ and John Moulder's guitar. John's guitar was again showcased on the ballad Interlude and Cole Porter's standard Night and Day. Let's Fall in Love and Burt Bacharach's There's Always Something There to Remind Me, brought us to Easy Living, a tune that featured Karl's lovely  piano playing. Under the Milky Way led into another Cole Porter standard in the shape of Love for Sale, which featured Karl's organ and Eric Montzka's drums, bringing the first set to a close.

The second half of the evening's entertainment commenced with a contemporary version of If I Had You and George Gershwin's But Not For Me, which featured an excellent bass/vocal intro. So in Love, showcasing Larry Kohut's bass playing and Hoagy Carmichael's beautiful Skylark brought us to Bonnie Raitt's Tangled and Dark, which showed how versatile Alison's voice is. The evening came to an end with Alison's rendering of Bob Dylan's You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go and a rousing version of Bobby Troup's Route 66, that strongly featured Eric's drums.

January 6  Tonight, Society President Ian Tiele's audio-visual presentation took a look at the life and career of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster. We listened to some great music, including Without that Girl (with Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys from 1931),
Toby (with Bennie Moten's Orchestra from 1932), a movie clip of Webster playing Take the A Train with the Duke Ellington Orchestra from the 1943 film "Reveille with Beverly," a 1946 version of Frog and Mule by the Ben Webster Quintet. After the intermission we listened to the the 1957 Blues for Yolande (with Coleman Hawkins and Oscar Peterson), and Billie Holiday's Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, a video clip of A Night in Tunisia (with Ronnie Scott from 1964), and two tracks recorded at the Montmatre Jazzhus, Copenhagen in 1965: Mack the Knife and Londonderry Air.

December 30  No Meeting

December 23  No Meeting

December 16 (Continued from previous page)  The evening commenced with some Christmas music in the shape of Santa Claus is Coming to Town, played in the band's own inimitable style. Salutation March and Jelly Roll Morton's Grandpa's Spells, brought us to the wonderfully-titled blues Gimme a Pig Foot and a Bottle of Beer, which featured a nice Leah Bezin vocal. San Francisco and If it Doesn't Snow on Christmas (featuring John Otto's alto saxophone), led us into a four-tune dance medley of Isn't it a Lovely Day, Just Couldn't Say Goodbye, That Old Feeling and Don't Blame Me. You Ain't the One, again showcased Leah's vocal talents, while John Otto took over the vocal duties on What Do You Say? John's alto saxophone was used to good effect on St Louis Shuffle. That Old Gang of Mine brought us to the final tune of the first set Mama Goes Where Papa Goes, which again featured Leah on vocals, Mike Bezin on drums and Andy Schumm on cornet.

The second half kicked off with Spanish Shawl, which was followed by the quirky Miss Annabelle Lee, featuring John on both alto saxophone and vocal. There'll Come a Time, Blazin' and I Don't Mind Walking in the Rain were followed by Jig Walk, which had a nice Leah Bezin banjo solo. Funny Fumble featured Mike Wallbridge's tuba, while Throw Down Blues featured John Otto's great clarinet playing. The whole band joined in the vocal on Hey, Hey Hazel, bringing us to the final offering of the evening, Jelly Roll Morton's Burnin' the Iceberg. The band received a well-justified standing ovation that last for several minutes.

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