July 19 This evening's "Jazz Movie Night," presented by Frank Slabinak featured the Django Reinhardt inspired Gypsy jazz Rosenberg Trio recorded live in 2009 at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam and a Milt Jackson-Ray Brown Quartet concert performance from the 1986 Lugana Jazz Festival that was recorded for French television.
July 12 Tonight, guest presenter Sue Fischer took a look at the life and career of clarinet player Don Murray. Murray's short career was ended in 1929 after he sustained injuries in a freak automobile accident, at the age of 25.
July 5 No Meeting
June 28 Tonight, we welcomed the Jim Cooper Quartet to the Cottage. Vibraphonist Jim has played for the Society with his trio, but tonight he also brought saxophonist Jerry DiMuzio along to make up a quartet. The band was Jim Cooper (vibes), Jerry DiMuzio (saxophones), Dan Delorenzo (bass) and Andre Beasley (drums). The quartet entertained us with a mixture of originals and classic jazz tunes.
June 21 This evening was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music and video from their own collections to play and discuss.
June 14 No Meeting
June 7 This evening, Frank Slabinak's audio-visual presentation was "Revenge of Swinging on the Silver Screen," in which he took another look at some of the big bands that appeared on the silver screen during 1930s and '40s. We watched some excellent film clips including "Pie Pie Blackbird" (1932) with Eubie Blake, Nina Mae McKinney and the Nicholas Bros., "Rufus Jones for President" (1933) with Ethel Waters and a very young Sammy Davis Jr., "Larry Clinton and His Orchestra" (1938) with Larry Clinton, Carol Bruce and Bob Robinson, and "Frances Carroll and the 'Coquettes'" (1940) with Frances Carroll, Eunice Healey and Viola Smith.
May 31 This evening, Latin jazz was the order of the night when Doug Taylor took a look at the three very talented piano players in the Cuban Valdes family: Bebo, Chucho and Chuchito in his presentation "La Evolution Cubano: La Familia Valdes - Tres Generacions de Piano."
May 24 Tonight, we welcomed the Elaine Dame Quartet to the Cottage for their first visit. The band Elaine Dame (vocal), Dennis Luxion (piano), Joe Policastro (bass) and Bob Rummage (drums). Elaine was in fine form, singing a variety of standards, contemporary numbers and some lesser-known songs, backed by an excellent rhythm section.
May 17 This evening was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music and video from their own collections to play and discuss.
May 10 Tonight's presentation by Perry Huntoon was "Big Band Blast." Perry showed some short film clips of the Duke Ellington band from 1933, 1961 and 1962. These were followed by the 15-minute audio of Ellington's famous Diminuendo in Blue and Crescendo in Blue performance from the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival that featured a long solo by tenor saxophonist Paul Gonzalves. After the break, Perry showed some concert footage of Mel Lewis big band that was filmed in Jerusalem in 1985 (featuring Lynn Roberts on vocals).