December 8 This evening was the Society's Christmas Party. The live jazz was provided by Petra's Recession Seven. Popular vocalist Petra Van Nuis was joined by a star-studded band that features some of the best jazz talent in the Chicago area. The septet is Petra van Nuis (vocals), Kim Cusack (clariniet), Art Davis (trumpet), Russ Phillips (trombone), Andy Brown (guitar), Dan DeLorenzo (bass) and Bob Rummage (drums).
December 1 Tonight, was a "Christmas Jazz Movie Night" presented by Frank Slabinak. The main movie was Swingin' Christmas featuring the John Wilson Orchestra and guests. Frank also showed several short jazz film clips to round out the evening - Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank (1957), Holidays For Shoestrings (1946) and I'll Be Home For Christmas with Judy Garland.
November 24 No Meeting - Thanksgiving
November 17 This evening, we welcomed the Bob Dogan Trio to the Cottage for their first visit. The group consists of Bob Dogan (piano/vocal), Dan DeLorenzo (bass) and Joe Adamik (drums). The trio entertained us with two beautiful sets of jazz that were inspired by Bob's interlectual piano playing.
November 10 Tonight, Perry Huntoon's "Texas Tenors" presentation took a look at the influence and style of four prominent Texas tenor saxophone players: Herschel Evans, Illinois Jacquet, Buddy Tate and Arnett Cobb.
November 3 This evening's presentation by guest presenter/musician Mark O'Connor was "My Favorite Stan Getz Recordings." Mark played some of his favorite Getz records and demonstrated some of Stan's playing style on his own tenor saxophone.
October 27 Tonight, we welcomed the Salty Dogs to the Cottage for their second appearance. On this occasion the band was made up of Tom Bartlet (trombone/vocals), Andy Schumn (cornet), Kim Cusack (clarinet), Mike Walbridge (tuba) and Jack Kuncl (banjo). The quintet played two fine sets of mostly Dixieland style jazz.
October 20 This evening was a Jazz Movie Night, featuring the 1967 film "Sweet Love, Bitter," which is loosely based on Charlie Parker's life. This drama chronicled the friendship between a nearly washed up jazz sax player and a down-and-out college professor. The film is dark, beat, hip, poignant, distrubing and highly entertaining. The music was composed by pianist Mal Waldron.
October 13 Tonight, we welcomed the Terry Sullivan Quartet to the Cottage for their first appearance. The foursome is made up of Terry Sullivan (vocals), Tommy Muellner (piano), Jim Cox (bass) and Phil Gratteau (drums). Terry's excellent vocals and her superb rhythm section thoroughly entertained the Cottage crowd through two great sets of standards and great jazz tunes.
October 6 This evening, Society President Ian Tiele's audio-visual presentation took a look at the jazz side of "Mambo King" Tito Puente. We watched a varied collection of live-performance video clips and listened to some great audio tracks. We also watched excerpts of Tito performing on Sesame Street and the Simpsons.