September 20 Tonight's "Jazz Movie Night" featured the 1941 romantic comedy film "Ball of Fire," with Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oskar Homolka and the Gene Krupa Orchestra.
September 16 This afternoon we again took our Jazz on the Road, when we presented the Chicago Outskirts all-girl big band at Sawa's Old Warsaw in Broadview for an afternoon of dining and jazz. The Chicago Outskirts played some wonderful arrangements of big band classics made famous by Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and others.
September 13 This evening, Society president and editor of the IAJRC Journal magazine, lan Tiele took a look at some of the rare jazz that has been recorded on the IAJRC record label. We listened to tracks by Duke Ellington, Lucky Thompson, Bunny Berigan, Joe Venuti, Joe Haymes, Tubby Hayes, Red Nichols and others.
September 6 This evening was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music and video from their own collections to play and discuss.
August 30 Tonight was a "Jazz Movie Night," presented by Society president Ian Tiele and titled "TV '62." We watched three great jazz TV shows from 1962 that were chosen by the audience; "Jimmy Smith Trio" (Jazz Scene USA), "Cannonball Adderley Sextet" (Jazz Scene USA) and "Dizzy Gillespie Quintet" (Jazz Casual).
August 23 This evening the live jazz entertaiment was brought to us by the John Avila Trio, who were making their first visit to the Cottage. They did however play for our "Kool Kats and Jazzy Hounds" charity day last year. The band played a wonderful selection of jazz classics and standards. The trio is John Avila (guitar), Pat Infusino (bass) and Steve Burkholder (drums).
August 16 Tonight, we presented "My Fondest Jazz Experience," when we invited our members and guests to bring a CD and to talk briefly about their fondest jazz experiencse. We heard some excellent stories and listened to some wonderful music.
August 9 This evening was titled "A Duo of Jazz Presenters." We featured two presenters with two different topics - John Moscinski presented "Words of Wit and Wisdom," where we heard lyrics that bring a smile or a knowing nod when performed by jazz singers and songwriters, such as Dave Frishberg, Jon Hendricks, and Oscar Brown, Jr. David Rovner presented "Harry James in Color," a DVD that features two episodes from a 1965 WGN-TV series called The Big Bands.
August 2 Tonight, we had the ninth in our popular series of "A Quartet of Jazz Presenters," in which we feature 4 mini-presentation topics by four different presenters. The presenters tonight were Perry Huntoon (Bing and the Dorsey Brothers), Ian Tiele (The Milt Gabler Story - Ian was covering for the absent Frank Slabinak) & (Rock 'N' Roll Jazz), and Lee Goode (Booker Ervin).
July 26 Tonight, we welcomed the New Standard Quintet back to the Cottage. The band had played for us several times before as a quartet, but this was their first appearance as a 5-piece outfit (with the addition of a bass player). The band played its usual mixture of originls, jazz classics and the odd pop and rock influenced offering. The quintet is made up of Ken Partyka (saxophones), Tom Vaitsas, (keyboards), Pat Fleming (guitar), Curt Bley (bass) and Rick Vitek (drums).