May 19 This evening's live jazz was performed by the Jim Cooper Quintet. Jim has played for us on several previous occasions, and tonight brought us his latest lineup of Jim Cooper (vibraphone), Jerry DiMuzio (saxophone), Dave Gordon (piano), Al Ehrich (bass) and Jeff Stitley (drums).
May 12 Tonight's presentation by Doug Taylor was "The Life and Legacy of Jelly Roll Morton." In the first hour Doug discussed Jelly Roll's life and musical career, illustrating it with fine examples of Morton's playing. After the break, Doug played interpretations of some of Jelly Roll's compositions by other more contemporary musicians.
May 5 This evening Lee Goode took a look at "The Funny Side(s) of Dizzy Gillespie." As well as playing some exceptional jazz in this audio-visual presentation, Lee treated us to some of Dizzy's famed humor.
April 28 Tonight, John Moscinski's presentation was "How Suite It Is." In the first half of the evening John showed clips from the classic Disney cartoon "Fantasia" which used music from Tchaikovksy's Nutcracker Suite. John then played Duke Ellington's jazz recording of the Nutcracker Suite, and together with guest presenter James Yee, compared the classical and jazz interpretations. After the break we listened to Oliver Nelson's Afro/American Sketches, a jazz suite in seven parts that was recorded in 1961.
April 21 This evening's live jazz was performed by the Mark O'Connor Organ Trio. Saxophonist Mark has performed for the us several times before, and this was the second occasion that he has graced us with this trio of Mark O'Connor (tenor saxophone), Dan Murphy (organ) and Todd Howell (drums).
April 14 Tonight, Marc Kritzer wrapped up his review of the society's first ten years of live jazz with his audio-visual "Jazz in Revview Part 4" presentation.
April 7 This evening we had two presenters (Mike Silverman and John Moscinski) giving two separate presentations. John's topic was "Songs of Chicago" which featured both jazz by Chicago-born natives and music about the city. Mike played a video compilation of the 1960's British TV show "Jazz 625" that had clips of live performances by Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Art Farmer, Cannonball Adderley, Woody Herman and others.
March 31 Tonight's presentation by Perry Huntoon was "Red Norvo: A Review of His Early Career in the 1930s and '40s." Perry featured Norvo's recordings with future stars as Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Charlie Barnet, followed by several with his own big band featuring Mildred Bailey and culminating with early postwar small group sides and sessions with Benny Goodman and Woody Herman.
March 24 Tonight was the society's 11th Anniversary Party with our live jazz performed by the wonderful vocalist Ava Logan and her quartet. Ava's quartet tonight consisted of Ava Logan (vocals), Dennis Luxion (keyboard), Jim Cox (bass) and Phil Fornett (drums). We listened to some superb songs, including Sentimental Journey and Route 66.