December 12 This evening was our Christmas Party. There was a grab bag and lots of fun. The live jazz was performed by the BJS All Stars, which was comprised of five of Chicago's top jazz musicians that had been specially chosen for this event - Jim Cooper (vibes), Chris Madsen (tenor saxophone), Zvonimir Tot (guitar), Marlene Rosenberg (bass) and Eric Montzka (drums).
December 5 This evening, Marc Kritzer's presentation was "To Jazz or Not to Jazz – A Second Look." Marc reprised his previous presentation where he played and discussed certain pieces of music and the audience had to decide if it's really jazz, or not. As with Marc's first presentation, the music produced some lively and enjoyable debate.
November 28 - No Meeting (Thanksgiving)
November 21 For tonight's "Jazz Movie Night," Frank Slabinak dug into the English BBC TV jazz archives and came up with Jazz Horns Gold featuring such American jazz legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins and Stan Getz, as well as several British jazz musicians such as Acker Bilk and John Dankworth. After the break we were treated to Jazz Divas Gold! with footage of Ella Fitzgerald, Marion Montgomery, Cleo Laine, Blossom Dearie, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Betty Carter and many more great jazz vocalists.
November 14 This evening's live jazz entertainment was provided by the popular BMR4 who had played for us on several previous occasions. The band is Neal Alger (guitar), Chris Bernhardt (bass), Brian Gephart (saxophones/flute) and Darren Scorza (drums). We were treated to a great selection of classic jazz tunes and original band compositions.
November 7 Tonight we had two separate presentations: In the first half of the evening, Linda Sokol Francis examined "Cuban Jazz" and after the break, John Moscinski took a look at "The Smithsonian Anthology CD Collection: Post Bebop."
October 31 This Halloween evening Frank Slabinak and Ian Tiele presented "Spooky Jazz," in which they examined the way that jazz music has utilized macabre and supernatural themes throughout the year. In the first half, Frank playedd mostly music from the early part of the 20th century. After the break Ian played a selection of jazz that included pieces by Louis Armstrong, Don Redman and Charles Mingus.
October 24 Tonight's live jazz entertainment was provided by Suenos Latin-Jazz who were making their second appearance in the Cottage. The band lineup is Mike Levin (saxophones/flute), Steve Hashimoto (bass), Leandro Lopez-Varady (piano) and Heath Chappell (drums). We were treat to a diverse range of Latin jazz that consisted of jazz standards, Latin tunes and some original compositions.
October 17 This evening was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music and video from their own collections to play and discuss.
October 10 This evening's live jazz entertainment featured the newly-formed Marshall Vente Octet. Marshall has performed for the Society in both a trio and a quartet setting but tonight brought his new 8-piece band for our listening pleasure. We listened to a diverse range of material, including Cedar Walton's Bolivia and Paul Desmond's classic Take Five. The band is made up of Marshall Vente (piano/keyboards/composer/arranger/conductor), Jack Baron (tenor & soprano saxophones/flute), Brian Gephart (tenor & soprano saxophones/flute), Chip Gdalman (baritone saxophone/alto flute), Terry Connell (trumpet /flugelhorn), John Mose (trombone/percussion), Jim Batson (bass) and Steve Shebar (drums).