March 24 This evening, was the Society's 6th Anniversery Party with the live jazz being provided by Eric Schneider and the Jim Cooper Trio. Although reedman Eric and vibist Jim had not played together before today, you would never know it judging by the fantastic rapport that these two great musicians showed. The band lineup for the evening was Eric Schneider (saxophone and clarinet), Jim Cooper (vibraphone), Dan Delorenzo (bass) and Andre Beasley (drums).
The show started with Jerome Kern's standard (turned bop-anthem) All the Things You Are, featuring Eric's wonderful saxophone, Jim's inventive vibes and some fine bass work by Dan Delorenzo. Oscar Pettiford's bop classic Blues in the Closet, again showcased Dan's bass and also some nifty drumming by Andre Beasley. Eric switched to clarinet for a beautiful rendition of Johnny Mandel's ballad Emily. Next up was a sensationally improvised version of Antonio Carlos Jobim's Wave, intertwined with Deep Purple's rock tour de force Smoke on the Water, with a great vibraphone intro and some sterling sax from Eric - the guys even through in some other rock quotes, including some Rolling Stones in the shape of Paint it Black. The first segment of the evening ended on a high note with Ray Noble's Cherokee.
After the break, the music continued in the same vein as the first half with I Remember April and April in Paris, both featuring Eric's saxophone and Jim's vibes. The standard Star Eyes led us into Bluesette, which was a vehicle to further showcase Dan's bass playing. The evening came to a close with an improvisation titled The Brookfield Blues, which sounded like a close relative of Milt Jackson's Bags' Groove. As well as some strong bass lines and great drumming, Eric and Jim took this tune to a whole new level. The capacity crowd gave the band a well-deserved standing ovation that lasted for several minutes.
March 17 No meeting - St. Patrick's Day (meeting room not available)
March 10 This evening, Perry Huntoon's presentation was "Lester Young." Perry took a look at the life and career of one of jazz's greatest saxophonists. We listened to some great music, including Shoe Shine Boy, Lester's first recording from 1936 (with Smith-Jones Incorporated.), He Ain’t Got Rhythm (with Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra), Me, Myself and I (with Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra), Dickie’s Dream (with Count Basie’s Kansas City Seven), I Cover The Waterfront (Lester Young Quintet) and Lester Leaps In (with Count Basie and His Orchestra).
March 3 Tonight, guest presenter Alfred Ticoalu's audio-visual presentation was "The Jazz Sides of Keynote Records." Alfred took a look at some of the great jazz that was produced by Keynote Records during the 1940s. Among the excellent jazz we heard were Just You, Just Me (Lester Young), St. Louis Blues (Roy Eldridge), Lester Leaps Out (Kansas City 5), Battle of the Saxes (Coleman Hawkins & Don Byas), Subtle Sextology (Red Norvo), Rose Room (Barney Bigard) and Fine and Dandy (Red Rodney's Be-boppers).
February 24 (Continued from previous page) The second set started with the trio's arrangements of Way Down Yonder (in New Orleans) and Do You Know What it Means (to Miss New Orleans). Joe played some excellent arco bass on Sweet Lorraine, which was followed by another Beiderbecke-orientated tune Ostrich Walk, which led into some bebop in the shape of Robbins Nest, which had a nice guitar intro by Dan. The ballad Blame it on My Youth brought us to the final tune of the evening, Dizzy Gillespie's Dizzy Atmosphere.