February 24 This evening, we welcomed the Chris Madsen Trio to the Cottage their first appearance. The trio is made up of Chris Madsen (tenor saxophone), Dan Effland (guitar) and Joe Policastro (bass). Chris' trio plays a mixture of modern jazz and tunes associated with Bix Beiderbecke, that are arranged and adapted for the trio. The music started with Caravan and Too Marvelous For Words. Next up were two tunes associated with Bix: Singin' the Blues and his own piano composition In a Mist. We visited the swing era for Seven Come Eleven and Chris' great saxophone playing was showcased on the Duke Ellington classic Sophisticated Lady, which also featured Joe Policastro on arco bass. Jerry Livingston's Blanket of Blue was followed by Horace Silver's funky soul-jazz composition Doodlin', that featured a saxophone/bass duet. (Continued on next page)
February 17th Tonight we had a "Jazz Movie Night," featuring Lionel Hampton and the Golden Men of Jazz, a live European concert performance filmed in 1993 and featuring Lionel Hampton's vibraphone, along with Clark Terry (trumpet/flugelhorn), Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet), Al Grey (trombone), Benny Golson (saxophone), Junior Mance (piano), Jimmy Woode (bass) and Panama Francis (drums). As a bonus, we also saw some rare vintage film clips of the Lionel Hampton orchestra in action.
February 10th This evening, Lee Goode took a look at the life and relatively short career of Chu Berry, one of jazz's greatest tenor saxophonists, who died in a car accident at a very young age. Lee played a great selection of music, including I Never Knew (with the Chocolate Dandies), Jangled Nerves and Riffin' (with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra), Sittin' In (with Roy Eldridge on trumpet), Pickin' the Cabbage (with the Cab Calloway Orchestra) and two versions of On the Sunny Side of the Street (with "Hot Lips" Page on Trumpet).
February 3 Tonight's meeting was cancelled due to a snowstorm.
January 27 This evening, we had the fifth in our extremely popular series of four thirty-minute presentations by four different presenters. Tonight's presenters were Perry Huntoon (Casa Loma Orchestra), Doug Taylor (Slumming: Jazz Artists Explore Other Music Idioms), Marty Blank (Jazz and Film Noir) and David Rovner (Thad & Mel: Mondays at the Villiage Vanguard). Perry started things off with a look at the work of the Casa Loma Orchestra - we listened to some fine music, including Smoke Rings, Casa Loma Stomp, White Jazz, Save Your Sorrows and Jungle Jitters. Marty Blank looked at the way that Jazz has been used in Film Noir movies. We watched a video clip of I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles from "The Public Enemy" and also one of Duke Ellington playing I'm Gonna Go Fishin' from "Anatomy of a Murder."
The second half of the evening started with Doug Taylor taking a look at some jazz artists who played great jazz on non-jazz tunes. We listened to Dr. Lonnie Smith playing Marvin Gaye's Trouble Man, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli playing Improvisation on Tchaikowsky's "Pathétique", Don Byas performing Dvorak's Humoresque and Nina Simone's version of the The House of the Rising Sun. The final presenter of the evening was David Rovner, who looked at the music performed at New York's Village Vanguard by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Monday Night Orchestra. Among the music we listened to were It Only Happens, A Child is Born and Us.
January 20 Tonight's Jazz Movie Night featured the premier of a film of the 2010 "Femmes Blu Festival," filmed on location in Indianapolis by the BJS's very own Frank Slabinak (aka Handbuilt Films). Frank's excellent camera work captured the concert in all its glory and he also recorded several interviews with some of the day's performers. The concert featured an all-female jazz lineup of Nancy Moore, Heather Ramsey, Deb Mullins, Brenda Williams, Monika Herzig, Carolyn Dutton, Jennifer Kirk, Kara Barnard and Jordan West.