October 23 Tonight we had one of our popular "A Duo of Jazz Presenters," where two different presenters disccussed 2 diverse jazz topics. John Mosinski talked about the accordian in jazz (Just Squeeze Me) and John van Bosse showed several film clips that featured Anita O'Day and Roy Eldridge with the Gene Krupa Orchestra (Anita, Roy and Gene). There was also an impromptu demonstration of the jazz accordian by BJS member Ray Royce.
October 16 This evening's meeting was dedicated to the memory of BJS orginal member David Rovner, who passed away on Tuesday, October 14, after battling kidney cancer. David was our big band expert and he'll be remembered for both his dry sense of humor and his various big band presentations.
Tonight's "Jazz Movie Night" was presented by John Moscinski and titled "Make It Funky." The film tells the story of New Orleans through words, sound and pictures, including commentary by some of the best New Orleans musicians, plus special guests Ahmet Ertegun, Bonnie Raitt, and Keith Richards.
October 9 Tonight, Society president, Ian Tiele takes a look at some of the great jazz musicians who recorded for the Blue Note record label during the 1960s. We listened to some great music, including tracks by Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock and Dexter Gordon. We also watched several documentary film clips about the the label and its famous album art.
October 2 This evening's live jazz was by the Marshall Vente Octet, who have previously played for us in the Cottage. This swinging eight-piece band played tight arrangements of well-known jazz tunes and also their own original compositions. The octet comprises Jim Massoth, Brian Gephart & Chip Gdalman (saxophones/flutes), Terry Connell (trumpet), Tim Coffman (trombone), Marshall Vente (piano), Jim Batson (bass) and Steve Shebar (drums).
September 25 Tonight was both a "Social Evening" and a "Fun & Games Night." Members and guests brought music to play, and those so inclined also participated in some jazz-themed fun and games. A good time was had by all.
September 18 This evening, Perry Huntoon presented "Count Basie: A Stroll Through the '60s." Perry took a look at the musical changes that the Count Basie orchestra made during the "Swinging Sixties." We listened to the band playing much more commercial arrangements, including tunes made famous by the Beatles and Everly Brothers.
September 11 Tonight's live jazz entertainment was provided by the Luke Malewicz Quintet. This modern jazz group played some excellent classic jazz tunes and several original compositions written by Luke. The band personnel is Luke Malewicz (trombone), Rich Moore (alto saxophone), Andrew Lawrence (piano), Tim Seisser (fretless electric bass) and Juan Pastor (percussion)
September 4 No meeting
August 28 This evening, Jim Curto's presentation was "Bill Evans." Jim discussed the life and musical career of Bill Evans, who was one of the most original and respected piano players in modern jazz. Among the great music we listened to were the Evans classics Waltz for Debby and Nardis.