January 22 Tonight, Doug Taylor presented "A Fine Mezz!" which took a look at the life and career of clarinet/saxophonist Mezz Mezzrow. Doug played some excellent jazz and even staged a mini-playlet to demonstrate the "jive talking" that was prevalent in New York during Mezzrow's stay there.
January 15 No Meeting
January 8 This evening's live jazz was by the John Avila Trio. Guitarist John and his trio have played for us on several previous occasions. As usual we were treated to a wide variety of jazz standards and classic jazz tunes. Tonight's trio comprised John Avila (guitar), Wes Morgan (bass) and Steve Burkholder (drums).
January 1 No Meeting
December 25 No Meeting
December 18 This evening was a "Jazz Social Evening." Members brought along jazz music and video from their own collections to play and discuss, and we also had lots of fun playing some jazz-oriented games.
December 11 Tonight was our Christmas Party which we celebrated with some wonderful swinging live jazz performed by the Freenotes Big Band and their vocalist Summer Kwai.
December 4 This evening, BJS President Ian Tiele took an audio-visual look at the jazz and other things that were happening in 1952, the year of his birth. We heard music from Gerry Mulligan, Lester Young, Art Pepper etc., and also watched a couple of cartoons and movie trailers from that year.
November 27 No Meeting - Thanksgiving
November 20 Tonight's "Jazz Movie Night" was presented by Marc Kritzer. The film was "Lush Life" which is a documentary that looks at the life and career of Duke Ellington's alter-ego; pianist, composer and arranger Billy Strayhorn, as told by his nephew, Larry Strayhorn.
November 13 This evening, John Moscinski took us through "A Musical Jaunt Through the USA."We enjoyed a jazzy trip through Vermont, New York, New Orleans, Mississippi and many other places.
November 6 Tonight, Marc Kritzer's audio-visual presentation again asked the question "To Jazz Or Not to Jazz." In this fourth segment, Marc selected a further group of tunes where the audience decides whether the music can be classified as jazz (or not).
October 30 This evening's live jazz entertainment was provided by the Tom Muellner Trio. This excellent trio was made up of Tom Muellner (piano), Kelly Sill (bass) and Tim Davis (drums) with guest: Gayle Kolb (vocals). We listened to some great piano jazz, and the addition of guest vocalist Gayle Kolb to the trio, added an extra dimension to the evening's proceedings.