April 9 This evening, Doug Taylor's presentation took a look at the life and career of tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet. Doug played a varied selection of Jacquet's work, including Flying Home (with Lionel Hampton's orchestra), several Jazz at the Philharmonic recordings and a variety of tracks with his own bands including The Comeback and C Jam Blues from a 1971 gig at Ronnie Scott's Club in London, England.
April 2 Tonight, we had one of our popular "A Duo of Jazz Presenters," where two different presenters each discussed a diverse jazz topic. The evening's presentations were "Gene Krupa: Chicago Style to New York" by Perry Huntoon and "Boppin' Around Big Ben" by Ian Tiele.
March 26 This evening was our 10th Anniversary Party with live jazz provided by the Mark Colby/Jim Cooper Quartet. The band, which is made up of Mark Colby (tenor saxophone), Jim Cooper (vibes), Stu Miller (bass) and Bob Rummage (drums) played material that was originally recorded by saxophonist Stan Getz and vibist Gary Burton.
March 19 This evening’s “Jazz Movie Night” was presented by John Moscinski. John showed Frank Sinatra: Concert for the Americas which was filmed in the Dominican Republic in 1982. As a bonus John also played some video footage of comedy bassist Jay Leonhart.
March 12 This evening, Perry Huntoon continued his series of presentations on the career of Count Basie with "Count Basie: The Pablo Years (1973-83)," the final decade of Basie's life when he was recording for Norman Granz's Pbloa label. We listened to Basie playing with his big band and also in different size ensembles featuring guests such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson.
March 5 Tonight, Lee Goode took a look at the life and career of legendary tenor saxophonist Ben Webster. Lee played a selection of Webster's music with the Bennie Moten and Duke Ellington orchestras, Coleman Hawkins and Oscar Peterson, as well as a number of live club recordings with vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon.
February 26 This evening, Marc Kritzer again asked the audience the question “To Jazz or Not to Jazz?” Marc's audio-visual presentation featured music by such diverse artists as Blood, Sweat & Tears, Tony Bennett/Diana Krall and John Lee Hooker/Miles Davis.
February 19 No Meeting
February 12 No Meeting
February 5 No Meeting
January 29 AHMAD JAMAL - Tonight, Jim Curto took an audio-visual look at the life and career of pianist Ahmad Jamal. We listened to Jamal's early trio playing his classsic rendition of Poinciana from the 1950s and other examples of his playing throughout the years right up to his recent CD releases.