September 29  Tonight, we welcomed the John Moulder Trio to the Cottage for their first appearance, although guitarist John has played with several bands that have previously entertained us.  The band comprises John Moulder (guitar), Larry Gray (bass) and Erik Montanza (drums). The trio played two wonderful sets of modern jazz, featuring many original tunes.

September 22 This evening was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music and video from their own collections to play and discuss.

September 15  Tonight was a "Jazz Movie Night.John Moscinski presented Jazz Legends In Concert featuring Cab Calloway, Joe Williams, Lionel Hampton, Nancy Wilson and many others from a 1993 concert. John also showed The Big Bands Vol. 2, which was a collection of "soundies" from the 1930s and 40s.

September 8  This evening, we welcomed the JO-JO Organ Trio to the Cottage for their first appearance. The band is made up of Joel Pace (organ), John Avila (guitar) and Steve Burkholder (drums). The trio played two exciting sets that kept alive the spirit of the great jazz organ trios of the 1960’s & 70’s.

September 1  Tonight, we took the evening's meeting on the road for the third time when we hired a bus to take everyone to Millennium Park in Chicago to see Randy Weston and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble open the 2011 Chicago Jazz Festival. As usual, the bus left Irish Times and arrived in Chicago in plenty of time for everyone to find seating in the pavilion, rather than having sit on the lawn. The concert was extremely good and everyone had a great time.

August 25  This evening, Frank Slabinak's audio-visual presentation was "Boop-Oop-A-Doop: The Influence of Jazz in Betty Boop Cartoons." Frank took a look at the way that jazz music was used in the very popular and controversial Betty Boop cartoons of the 1930s. We watched "Dizzy Dishes," the first cartoon that featured the Betty Boop character (in 1930) and a selection of her other cartoons with the jazz being provided by a variety of top-class musicians, including Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong and Don Redman.

August 18  Tonight, we held one of our popular "Jazz Movie Nights," when we showed the  film "All Night Long" on the Society's big screen. This 1962 movie, based on Othello, was neatly positioned as a vehicle to showcase some of the best jazz musicians of the period - including Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus, as well as actor Patrick McGoohan.

August 11 (continued from previous page) Jim produced a fine solo on the ballad I Surrender Dear to end the first half of the evening's entertainment.

The second set started with Jimmie Noone's Apex Blues and Fats Waller's Honeysuckle Rose, which showcased Marc Smierciak's clarinet playing and Mitchell Straeffer's bass, as well as Yves' trumpet. Jim and Pat soloed on the perennial-favorite Perdido leading us into Home and George Gershwin's Lady Be Good. Tin Roof Blues featured Pat's Django Reinhardt-ish guitar and some strong drumming by Sue Fischer. Pennies from Heaven, Dinah and Sweet Sue all contained great solos by both Yves and Frank, as well as vocals by the entire band. A fantastic evening ended with two upbeat numbers: Jumpin' with Symphony Sid and Caldonia. Check out the photographs here.

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SOCIETY DIARY 08/11/11 - 09/29/11
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