May 29 Tonight, Marc Kritzer presenedt "To Jazz or Not to Jazz (the sequel to the sequel)." Marc played a number of tunes and asked the audience to decide if certain pieces were considered to be jazz. As was the case in Marc's two previous talks on this subject, there was some lively debate.
May 22 This evening we had live jazz that featured the Steve Koerner Quartet. Steve is a multi-instrumentalist who has played for us in trio context before but this is the first time that he has brought his quartet to the Cottage. The quartet played a variety of jazz that went from Fats Waller to swing to bop. The quartet comprises Steve Koerner (tenor saxophone/flute/clarinet), Chester Tocha (guitar), Steve Hart (bass) and Aras Biskis (drums).
May 15 Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night."Member's brought along a jazz CD or video from their own collection to play and discuss.
May 8 No meeting
May 1 No meeting
April 24 This evening featured live jazz with the Nicole Kessler Quartet. Popular Chicagoland songstress Nicole was on top form, as were her superb rhythm section. The band comprises Nicole Kessler (vocals), Brian O’Hern (keyboard), Lou Marini (bass) and Gerald Dowd (drums).
April 17 This evening, Marc Kritzer presented his annual "Music Trivia Night," where he played tracks by some of the bands that have performed for the society during the last year or so, and as usual there were prizes for the winners of each category. To round off the evening, BJS president, Ian Tiele showed a video of a a 1962 Jazz Casual TV series which featured the music of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet.
April 10 No meeting
April 3 Tonight's presentation by Perry Huntoon was "Count Basie: The New Testament Band." In this fourth segment of his Count Basie series, Perry took a look at the band during the period 1952-56 and featured recordings made for Norman Granz on the Clef/Verve labels. We listened to many well-known Basie tunes of the period, including Corner Pocket, Alright, Okay, you Win and Jumpin' at the Woodside.
March 27 This evening was our 9th Anniversary Party and we had superb live jazz provided by Yves Francois et Rocambu Jazz. The band took the Cottage by storm, playing a mixture of mainstream, Dixieland, swing and bebop. This great band is made up of Yves Francois (trumpet/vocals), Frank Youngwerth (trumpet), Jim Christopher (tenor sax/clarinet), Bruce Mak (guitar), Wesley Morgan (bass) and Bonbonfera Tim Keenan (drums).
March 20 Tonight was a "Free and Easy Night." Members brought along jazz music and video from their own collections to play and discuss.