August 11 This evening, we welcomed Yves Francois et Rocambu Jazz to the Cottage for their first appearance. This fun-loving band play jazz from the 1920s and '30s with a touch of swing and bebop added from the forties. The musicians are Yves Francois and Frank Youngwerth (trumpets), Jim Christopher (saxophone), Marc Smierciak (clarinet/percussion), Pat McClintock (guitar), Mitchell Straeffer (bass) and Sue Fischer (drums). The show started with the standard All of Me featuring the leader's trumpet together with a band vocal. Next up was a medley of a number of different tunes from the swing era, which was followed by The Hucklebuck (with some boppish guitar from Pat McClintock) and On the Sunny Side of the Street, featuring the twin trumpets of Yves Francois and Frank Youngwerth. Jim Christopher shone on Sunday, while Yves soloed on Everybody Loves My Baby.
August 4 This evening, we held the seventh in our series of 4 mini-presentations - "A Quartet of Jazz Presenters 7." Tonight's presenters were Perry Huntoon (Mutual Broadcasting System Band Remotes and Dramatic Breaking News from August 14-15, 1945, Highlighting the End of WWII/Pat Lauer/Rich Krueger (The Larry Adler/Gershwin Connection)/Marty Blank (Johnny Staccato)/John Moscinski (Before and After: Blindfold Test of Ian Tiele).
Perry Huntoon was up first, playing several excerpts of radio broadcasts from August 1945 as World War II came to an end. Cab Calloway's orchestra provided most of the music. Pat Lauer and Rich Krueger took a look at the career of harmonica player Larry Adler. Rich played harmonica over four tracks recorded as a tribute to Adler's interpretations of George Gershwin's classic compositions. After the break, Marty Blank showed a 1959 episode of the TV detective series Johnny Staccato, where John Cassavetes played a detective/jazz pianist. The evening ended with John Moscinski giving Society President Ian Tiele a "blindfold test" on vibraphone players.
July 28 No meeting - Electrical failure at Irish Times.
July 21 Tonight, we welcomed back the Indiana-based Monika Herzig Duo to the Cottage for their annual Summer visit. The evening started with BJS President Ian Tiele presenting a wine and fruit basket to Monika to celebrate the duo's fifth time playing for the Society. The musical partners in both life and jazz are Monika Herzig (piano) and Peter Kienle (bass guitar) with guest Ruben Alvarez (bongos) joining them on several second-half musical selections. The evening started with the standard Get Happy, which was followed by Jesssica Williams' introspective melody The Child Within. Next up was one of Monika's original compositions Italian Taxi Ride, which featured Peter's guitar-like electric bass playing. A bluesy Georgia, was followed by a great improvised version of Henry Mancini's quirky The Pink Panther Theme. The first set closed with another composition from Monika's pen The Mosquito Story.
After the break, the duo were joined by percussionist Ruban Alvarez on bongo drums. The music started with an unusual tango-like interpretation of Cole Porter's What is This Thing Called Love. Monika's funky chart The Blue Guitarist on the Porch, featured some more of Peter's great bass work, while Monika shone on Gershwin's Someone to Watch Over Me. The next tune was improvised on the spot, as Monika asked audience members for telephone numbers and then composed a tune on-the-spot, based on the numbers 773 454. Ruben's bongo playing and Peter's bass were featured on an upbeat rendition of Chick Corea's Amando's Rhumba. Ruben rejoined the audience, as Monika treated us to a blues-tinged Summertime, bringing us to the final offering of the evening - a long medley made up of tunes requested by the audience, which included Misty, C Jam Blues, Lazy Bones and Indiana. Check out the photographs here.
SOCIETY DIARY 07/15/11 - 08/11/11
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