July 11 Tonight's presentation by BJS president, Ian Tiele was "Cool & Crazy: The Shorty Rogers Story." Trumpeter Shorty Rogers is best known for his composing and arranging skills, having worked in the bands of Woody Herman and Stan Kenton, before forming his own band and then moving on to score many TV shows and movies.
July 4 - No Meeting
June 27 This evening's live jazz was provided by the Jim Cooper Quartet. Jim brought along his latest quartet which features Jim Cooper (vibes), Dennis Luxion (piano), Marlene Rosenberg (bass) and Andre Beasley (drums). We were treated to a superb evening of classic modern jazz.
June 20 Tonight, Frank Slabinak presented a "Jazz Movie Night." Frank's choice is a live concert by the Roy Hargrove Big Band filmed at the Jazz à Vienne Festival, which was recorded for French television in 2009. Frank also showed an additional short film clip - "The Killer B's" with Dr. Lonnie Smith and Joey DeFrancesco from the "Legends of Jazz" TV show.
June 13 This evening, we had the fourth in our popular series where three different presenters discuss 3 diverse jazz topics. Tonight's presenters were Frank Slabinak (When Jazz Was Funny), Lee Goode (Le Caveau de la Huchette) and Jim Lecko (Illinois Jacquet).
June 6 Tonight's presentation by John Moscinski was the second in his series that featured the Smithsonian Anthology 6-CD set. In this part, John discussed the bebop years, playing music from the CD set in the first half and showing film footage of some of the bebop greats after the break.
May 30 This evening's live jazz was provided by the 7-piece Contrabanda Music, an exciting band that played various kinds of Latin Jazz. The band personnel is Danny Howard (congas), Robert Alonzo (trumpet), Joshua Therriault (saxophone), Rich Lapka (trombone), Mark Nelson (piano), Brett Benteler (baby bass) and Jean LeRoy (drums).
May 23 Tonight's presentation by Perry Huntoon was "Count Basie: The Early Years (1929-39)." Perry's talk begin with a few early recordings of Basie with Benny Moten's band and culminated with some of the Decca recordings with his own orchestra.
May 16 This evening was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music and video from their own collections to play and discuss.
May 9 Tonight, the Petra van Nuis Quartet returned to the Cottage to again provide our live jazz entertainment. Vocalist Petra is a Society favorite and has also played for us with her Recession 7 band. We were treated so some beautiful jazz singing and a couple of fine instumentals by Ms. van Nuis' rhythm section. The quartet features Petra van Nuis (vocals), Andy Brown (guitar), Joe Policastro (bass) and Bob Rummage (drums).
May 2 This evening, Frank Slabinak hosted an evening where members and guests brought in CDs and played a track or two to try and "Stump the President." BJS president, Ian Tiele was in the hot seat and he jusy about managed to answer enough correct questions to avoid the the dunce cap.