June 9 This evening, guest presenter/musician Mark O'Connor's presentation took a look at the recording career of saxophonist Joe Farrell. We listened to a selection of tracks recorded throughout Farrell's career, including Foxy (with Maynard Ferguson), Spiritus Parkus (with Dizzy Reece), Broadway, (with Jaki Byard), Litha (with Chick Corea), Little Pixie (with Thad Jones-Mel Lewis), Reza (with Elvin Jones) and Section 8 Blues (with Art Pepper). Mark also brought his tenor saxophhone with him and he demonstrated several different jazz styles throughout the evening, including a fine rendition of Stan Getz's solo on The Girl from Ipanema.
June 2 Tonight, Jason Fustar's presentation took a look at some of the wonderfully rhythmic music known as Latin jazz. Among the music we listened to were Cubauza (Mario Bauza), Cubana Be (Dizzy Gillespie), Oye Como Va (Tito Puente), Moten Swing (Tito Rodriguez), Bang Bang (Cal Tjader) and Summertime (Juan Amalbert).
May 26 This evening, we welcomed back the popular Soulio to the Cottage for their second appearance. The quinted is made up of John Janowiak (trombone), Nic Meyer (saxophones), Jay Montana (guitar), Ricky Showalter (electric bass) and Dan Leali (drums). The band's version of Comin' Home Baby (a tune associated with flutist Herbie Mann) started the evening off with a bang. Dexter Gordon's Society Red and Grant Green's Selma March, both featured John Janowiak's trombone and Nic Meyer's saxophone playing, while Dan Leali's drums were showcased on Bobby Timmins' soul-jazz classic Moanin'. Wayne Shorter's catchy Black Nile was another perfect vehicle for John and Nic to strut their stuff. Jay Montana's guitar playing shone on Freddie Hubbard's Gibralter, leading us into Bobby Hebb's pop tune Sunny. Miles Davis' All Blues brought a great first set to a close, with fine solos by Ricky Showalter on bass and Dan at the drums.
The second set commenced with Caravan and Ain't it Funky Now, the latter tune featuring some strong drumming by Dan. John and Nic took great solos on Kenny Garrett's Happy People, while Ricky provided some great bass grooves. The band did a tremendous job on Jackie McLean's rousing Appointment in Ghana, a number that again featured Dan's drumming and John and Nic's horns. A soulfully funky Grazin' in the Grass, brought us up to the final offering of the evening in the shape of The Sticks. The band received a well-deserved round of applause for a terrific evening of great jazz. Check out the photographs here.
May 19 Tonight was a "Jazz Movie Night." Society President Ian Tiele presented One Night with Blue Note on the Society's big screen. The movie featured a 1985 concert at the Town Hall in New York City. The musician's included many of Blue Note's most-celebrated alumni, including Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Burrell, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine and Michel Petrucciani. Among the music we heard were Cantaloupe Island, Little B's Poem, Moanin', Appointment in Ghana and Blues Walk.
May 12 (continued from previous page) After the break, Andy's Alida (named for his daughter) featured solos by Andy, Steve, Victor and Jim. Steve's The Best Mix, led us into his Loss, a beautiful tune that featured some excellent ensemble playing. Million continued taking the composing credits with Azu Samba, which featured a very relaxed trombone solo. Baker's Baby Steps was the penultimate offering of the evening and featured John's bass and also had Jim switching from tenor to soprano saxophone. The final number, the unusually-titled Duck Butter was penned by Steve and featured his keyboard, together with some more of the band's great ensemble work. The sextet received a well-deserved ovation.