May 3 This evening we celebrated the Society's 100th live gig in the Cottage with a party. The jazz for this historic event was provided by the Mark Colby Quartet and their special guest Tom Garling. The band personnel was Mark Colby (tenor saxophone), Tom Garling (trombone), Steve Million (keyboard), Eric Hochberg (bass) and Keith Brooks (drums).
April 26 For the first part of tonight's presentation, Marc Kritzer held his annual Music Trivia Night which looked back on the live music that the Society has hosted during the last twelve months. After the break, we had a "Jazz Media Night" with member's and guests playing DVD clips from their own collection.
April 19 This evening's "Jazz Movie Night" was presented by John Moscinski and was aptly titled "Good Vibes." John showed two films: Lionel Hampton, Jazz Legend and a 1977 concert from Switzerland Norman Granz, Jazz in Montreux: Clark Terry Sextet '77, that featured the Clark Terry Sextet with Milt Jackson on vibraphone.
April 12 Tonight, we welcomed the Eddie Stevens 3 to the Cottage for their first visit. The trio played for our "Kool Cats and Jazzy Hounds" charity event last year and were a great success, playing their cool swinging jazz in the style of the classic Jimmy Giuffre Trio and others. The Eddie Stevens 3 (which is actually a quartet, with nobody named Eddie Stevens in the band) is made up of Steve Koerner (saxophone/flute), Chester Tocha (guitar), Bob Becker (bass) and Amy Yassinger (vocals).
April 5 This evening, Frank Slabinak presented "Jazz on the Radio Revisited." We listened to "70 Years of Cool," a 2009 program that was originally broadcast on England's BBC Radio 2 and "Forecast - Battle of Music" from 1940, featuring a symphonic orchestra and a swing band on one stage in a battle of the bands. The show starred Frankie Hyers, Joe Venuti, Freda Gibson and Gordon Gifford.
March 29 Tonight's presentation by guest presenter/musician Mark O'Connor was "Piano Parade." Mark discussed some of his favorite pianists, including Bud Powell, Phineas Newborn, Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans.
March 22 This evening was the Society's 7th Anniversary Party and we again welcomed Marshall Vente to the Cottage to provide the live jazz. Marshall has played twice for us before with his trio, but this was the first time that he has brought his quartet to the Cottage. Tonight's foursome was Marshall's Latin jazz influenced Tropicale band, with Marshall Vente (piano/vocals), Scott Mason (bass), Glenn Reitsma (guitar) and Luiz Ewerling (drums).
March 15 This evening was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music and video from their own collections to play and discuss.
March 8 This evening, we featured "A Quartet of Jazz Presenters 8." This was the eighth in our popular series of 4 different presenters presenting four different topics. Tonight's presenters were: David Rovner ("MF on TV in B&W"), Doug Taylor (21st Century Brass Bands, John Moscinski (Name That Theme) and Frank Slabinak Lee & Lee Goode (Copulation Blues). David started things off with asome film footage of Maynard Ferguson's big band from the 1960s. Doug then looked at some modern day New Orleans style brass bands. After the break, John Moscinski gave a quiz based on TV and movie theme tunes and Frank Slabinak and Lee Goode brought the evening to a close with their look at some of the very risque jazz and blues songs that were released between the 1920s and '40s.