August 13 This evening's presentation by society president Ian Tiele was "Giant Steps: The Melodic Side of John Coltrane." As the title suggests, Ian discussed the more melodic side of saxophonist John Coltrane's playing. Among the music we listened to was a rare 1949 tune Beer Drinking Baby with Coltane playing alto saxophone, Ruby, My Dear with Thelonious Monk, Coltrane's own composition Giant Steps and My Favorite Things with 'Trane switching from tenor to soprano saxophone.
August 6 Tonight's presentation by John Moscinski was "Jazzy Night and Swingin' Day." John took a look at various jazz performers playing and singing the music of Cole Porter, one of the greatest American composers of all time. We listened to some excellent music, including pieces by Houston Person, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Allen and Cole Porter, himself.
July 30 The first half of this evening was a "Jazz Social Evening," where members and guests brought along jazz music on CD and DVD. After the break we had a "Fun & Games Night" and we all had some jazzy fun.
July 23 Tonight's live jazz entertainment was provided by the Jake Sanders/Patrick Donnelly Duo. The duo played some wonderful guitar-orientated jazz and blues for us from the 1920s and '30s. The instrumentation was Jake Sanders (guitar/banjo) and Patrick Donnelly (guitar/banjo/vocals).
July 16 This evening, society president Ian Tiele took an audio-visual look at the life and career of vocalist Anita O'Day through live performance film footage.We watched clips of Anita singing that covered the period 1942 to 2004. Along the way we listened to O'Day's vocals with the bands of Gene Krupa, Stan Kenton and Les Brown, as well as with a myriad of backing musicians.
July 9 Tonight's "Jazz Movie Night" Lady Be Good was presented by John Moscinski. The movie looked at the contributions made to jazz by American women instrumentalists from the 1920s to the 1970s. Women such as Lil Hardin, Mary Lou Williams, Melba Liston and Marian McPartland. After the movie, John played some further audio tracks featuring female jazz musicians such as Juli Wood, Judy Roberts and Virginia Mayhew.
July 2 This evening, Lee Goode's presentation delved in to the work of some of jazz's greatest flute players. We listened to many different styles of flute playing, including fine examples by Herbie Mann, James Moody, Bud Shank, Eric Dolphy and Roland Kirk.
June 25 Tonight's live jazz entertainment was provided by the Chris Davis Jazztet. The band was a big hit when they last played their repertoire of jazz classics and standards when we resided at Irish Times, and they again performed to the same high standard. This evening's Jazztet was made up of Chris Davis (trumpet/flugelhorn), Lara Driscoll (piano), Jeremiah Hunt (bass), Alfonzo Jones (drums).
June 18 This evening, John Moscinski took a look at some of the jazz that followed after Bebop. Using material on the Smithsonian Jazz Anthology CD set, John gave those in attendance a chance to terminate the playing of a track if at least two people did not think that it was truly jazz. ESP and Miles Runs the Voodoo Down by Miles Davis, Chick Corea's Matrix and Airegin by Tito Puente were among the recordings that found favor, and were played all the way through.