May 12 Tonight, we welcomed the BakerzMillion Sextet to the Cottage for their first visit. The band is co-led by trombonist Andy Baker and keyboard player Steve Million. The full sextet is Andy Baker (trombone), Victor Garcia (trumpet), Jim Gailloreto (saxophones), Steve Million (Keyboard), John Tate (bass) and Bob Rummage (drums). We were treated to a rare evening of all-original music compositions, composed by either Andy Baker or Steve Million. The first set started with three charts by Steve Million in the shape of One for Benny G (which sounded very much like a classic sixties Blue Note track and featured Andy, Steve and Victor Garcia's trumpet), Mood Point which highlighted John Tate's fine bass playing, Jim Gailloreto's tenor saxophone and Andy's trombone and the ballad What I Meant to Say, featuring the composer's keyboard playing. Baker's Samba for Someone showcased Bob Rummage's drums, while his Charlie's Song (written for his son), brought us up to the end of the the first session. (continued on next page)

May 5  This evening, we held the sixth in our popular series of four mini-presentations by four different presenters. Tonight's  presenters were John Moscinski (Hey, David! Check Out These Living Trumpet Players!), John van Bosse (Woody Herman's 40th Anniversary Carnegie Hall Concert), Frank Slabinak (A Vintage Jazz Radio Show) and Lee Goode (Cuban Jazz) John Mosinski kicked things off by taking a look at several trumpeters who are currently playing on the jazz scene today. We listened to Arturo Sandoval (I Remember Clifford), Wynton Marsalis (Bourbon Street Parade), Terell Stafford (The Touch of Your Lips), Orbert Davis (Driftin') and Pharez Whitted (Sunset on the Gaza). John van Bosse zeroed-in on the concert that Woody Herman gave at Carnegie Hall in 1976 to celebrate his 40th year in jazz. We listened to Herman's band performing with many guest alumni and playing tunes such as Days of Wine and Roses, Apple Honey, Sweet and Lovely, Four Brothers, Brotherhood of Man, and Early Autumn.

Frank Slabinak started the second half by polling the audience on their choice of several vintage jazz radio programs. The  winner was a 1953  NBC show "Stars in Jazz," which featured a broadcast from Birdland by the Count Basie Orchestra. The tunes played included Preview, Jingle Bells, Lullaby of Birdland, Why Not? and Jumpin' at the Woodside. Lee Goode closed the evening out with a look at Cuban jazz and its wonderful rhythms. We listened to the Dizzy Gillespie big band (Manteca), Machito and His Afro-Cubans with Milt Jackson (Boppin' the Vibes), Chico O'Farrill (The Peanut Vendor), Tito Puente and Buddy Morrow(Autumn Leaves) and Mongo Santamaria (Watermelon Man).

April 28 Tonight, Society President Ian Tiele's audio-visual presentation was "Last Train from Overbrook: The James Moody Story." Ian played some wonderful jazz, including Emanon (with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band), I'm in the Mood for Love, Mambo with Moody, I Got the Blues and The Pink Panther Theme. We also watched some rare video of Moody performing, including  Mmm Hmm (with the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet), Moody's Mood for Love, Parker's Mood, Wave and Giant Steps.

April 21 In the first half of the evening, Marc Kritzer presented a "Music Trivia Quiz" that featured music recorded by a variety of the bands that have played for the Society over the last two years. The music that Marc played included Electric Cowgirl Googaloo (Aaron Koppel Quartet), I'm Coming Virginia (Chris Madsen Quartet), Blue Getz Blues (Mark Colby Quartet), Tiger Rag (Pullman Conductors of Jazz) and Eleanor Rigby (Suenos Latin-Jazz Quartet). After the break, Marc hosted a "DVD Media Night," where members brought their own DVD selections to play on the big screen.

April 14 (continued from previous page) The second half began with another quirky original composition in the shape of You Can Be Fred, with some fine scat/guitar interplay and good strong bass. An unusual version of A Taste of Honey, featured a strong rock beat, leading us into Bobby Hutcherson's You Become My Song. The evening ended with Jackie's version of One Mint Julep. on which the whole band was heard to good effect. 

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SOCIETY DIARY 04/14/11 - 05/12/11
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