July 28 This evening's presentation by John Moscinski was "Then or Now?" John looked at whether contemporary bands can stack up against the great ones of yesteryear. John played ttwo versions of the same tune, and left the audience to decide which they preferred. At the end of the evening, the overall feeling was that the modern versions were preferred about fifty percent of the time.
July 21 Tonight's presentation by Perry Huntoon was "Small Group Swing of the 1930s." Perry cocentrated on music performed by Benny Goodman associates Teddy Wilson and Lionel Hampton, that featured the top sidemen of the day, including Billie Holiday on vocals.
July 14 This evening's live jazz was to us by the West End Jazz Band. The band, who specialize in the hot and sweet jazz of the 1920s and 1930s treated us to a feast of rare tunes from that era. The band is Frank Gualtieri (trombone/vocals), Art Davis (trumpet), Bill Overton (saxophones/clarinet), Mike Walbridge (tuba), Leah Bezin (banjo/vocals), Mike Bezin (drums/vocals).
July 7 Tonight's presentation by Ian Tiele and Lee Goode was "Battle of the Labels: Blue Note & Prestige." Ian and Lee compared the music of these two importtant jazz record labels and the great jazz that appeared on them from the late 1940s to the 1960s.
June 30 The first part of this evening's audio-visual presentation by Jim Curto took a look at the life and career of pianist Erroll Garner. After the break we watched a 2012 short movie about Garner titled "Erroll Garner: No One Can Hear You Read."
June 23 Tonight's audio-visual presentation by Marc Kritzer and Ian Tiele was "BJS vs BJS: A Tale of Two Cities." Marc and Ian took a look at the formative years of two jazz societies (Bury Jazz Society, England and Brookfield Jazz Society, USA) that are over four thousand miles apart, but which have a common denomiator......BJS president, Ian Tiele.
June 16 This evening's live jazz was performed by the Nuclear Jazz Quarktet. We were all blown away by the sound of this straight-ahead jazz combo that has its roots in bebop and hardbop. The sextet is made up of Cary Davids (trumpet), Charles Cosgrove (trombone), Al Miller (saxophones/flute/clarinet), Dennis Natarelli (piano), Fred Filipiak (bass) and Pete Castronova (drums).
June 9 Tonight's audio-visual presentation by Lee Goode took a look at the work of Spike Jones who blended comedy and jazz together with amazing results.
June 2 This evening's presentation by Perry Huntoon was a review of the Stan Kenton band of the 1940s. "The Evolution of a 'Progressive' Orchestra" covering Kenton's earliest recordings in 1941 to the breakup of the band in 1948, and including vocalists Anita O'Day and June Christy and arrangers Gene Roland and Pete Rugolo among others.
May 26 Tonight, Society president Ian Tiele's presentation was "Dameronia: The Tadd Dameron Story." Ian looked at the life and career of bop pianist, arranger and composer, Tadd Dameron, who created some of the most lyrical and melodic jazz of the bebop era during his short life.