July 14  Tonight, John Moscinski's presentation looked at some of the many jazz artists who left us all too soon, either due to illness, accidents, murder, suicide or substance abuse. In the first session we listened to some great audio, including Caribbean Clipper (Glenn Miller), Daahoud (Clifford Brown), Hoe Down (Oliver Nelson) and Milestones (Bill Evans). After the break, John showed some great video on the big screen, including Your Feet's Too Big (Fats Waller), The Blues are Brewin' and Strange Fruit (Billie Holiday), Work Song (Cannonball Adderley) and Time After Time (Chet Baker).

July 7  This evening, guest presenter Sue Fischer took a look at the life and career of clarinetist Leon Roppolo, who was a member of Chicago's "New Orleans Rhythm Kings" and several other fine jazz bands during his short life. Sue presented a Powerpoint presentation on the big screen, showing many rare photographs of Roppolo and the places that he lived and played. We also listened to some of his great music from the early 1920s, including Tin Roof Blues, Pussy Cat Rag and Barataria.  

June 30 Tonight, we welcomed back the Joel Moore Quartet to the Cottage for their third visit. The quartet on this occasion was made up of Joel Moore (tenor saxophone), Paul Scherer (piano), Michael Barton (acoustic and electric bass) and Terry Peeples (drums). The band kicked things off with one of Joel's original compositions Fireside, which featured some tasteful drumming by Terry Peoples. Joel shone on the standard Just Friends, while Michael Barton took solo honors on Ana Maria. Paul Scherer provided a lovely piano introduction to Thelonious Monk's 'Round Midnight and Joel added some upper-register tenor for a great rendition of this classic tune. A great version of I Remember You brought us up to the end of the first session.

The second set started with Michael switching from accoustic to electric bass on David Sanborn's Straight to the Heart, a tune which featured some excellent bass/drums interplay. Jaco Pastorius' extremely funky The Chicken again showcased Michael's electric bass work and some excellent keyboard playing by Paul. Joel's upper-register playing was again in evidence on the ballad Easy Living and on his own composition Hindsight, which also featured Terry's drums. A wonderful evening's entertainment ended with the standard Invitation. Check out the photographs here

June 23  This evening, Perry Huntoon took a look at the work of Woody Herman's first big band, which was known as "The Band That Played the Blues."  We listened to some great music, including Blue Prelude and Indian Boogie Woogie (with the Isham Jones Juniors), Riverbed Blues (with the Woodchoppers), Long Time No See (with the Andrews Sisters), I'm Coming Virginia, The Golden Wedding, Blues in the Night, Amen and Perdido.

June 16  Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music from their own collections to play and discuss.

June 12  Today was the Society's first charity fundraiser - The Kool Kats and Jazzy Hounds Benefit in aid of the Anderson Animal Shelter. We presented seven hours of non-stop jazz withl 7 different bands and all money raised going to the animal shelter. The event was held in the West Banquet Room at Sawa's Old Warsaw ic vn Broadview. There were silent auctions and two raffles and some fabulous jazz. All seven bands generously donated their services to the event, which had non-stop jazz from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. The bands participating in the event were the Pullman Conductors of Jazz, the Chicago Outskirts all-girl big band, the Chris Madsen Trio, the Mark O'Connor Quintet, the Eddie Stevens 3 with vocalist Amy Yassinger, the John Avila Trio and the Glenn Reitsma/Scott Mason Duo. The event raised a total of just over $2,000 for the charity and the money will go to help provide a safe home for stray and unwanted animals, until they are adopted. You can check out the photographs here.

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