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SmallsLIVE/Mezzrow Newsletter
June 4th, 2018
 
My worknight was done.  It was about 2:00 AM and the late show was in progress.  Everyone had been paid and I was bushed – time to go home.  Just as I was leaving I ran into my old friend Paul and we walked together uptown towards 14th street.  It just so happens that on the corner of 14th and 7th ave is a place called the Donut Pub.  Greenwich Villagers like myself know this place to be an artifact of another time.  A place before Starbucks.  A place like in the painting “Nighthawks” by Edward Hopper who, coincidently, had lived around the corner.  A place where a working person can sit down at a counter and drink a strong coffee and have an excellent, freshly made donut.  No fancy latte with almond milk – just black-ass coffee and good donuts.  Anyway this place still exists and Paul suggested that we stop in before we said goodbye.  I readily agreed.  The Donut Pub is a familiar place to me.  I am a sucker for a late-night tuna fish on whole wheat, which they do reasonable well there.  The late-night counter guy knows me and, for some reason, always calls me “Michael”.  I’m not sure how he knows my actual birth name when even my own mother calls me “Spike”.
 
2:00 AM is a good time to go to the Donut Pub because that's when they bring out fresh racks of piping hot donuts from the kitchen.  They have all the classic flavors and some new ones as well.  As I ordered my sandwich Paul perused the donut selection.  “No cinnamon”, Paul said to me and I helped him search.  Sure enough – no cinnamon.  I called over to my friend the counterman and asked him why there was no cinnamon donuts.  “I am very sorry, Michael, but we just sold out all of them.”  Paul was crestfallen.  I conciliatorily suggested a cruller or blueberry cake to him but he wasn’t interested.  The counterman listened as we went back and forth.  Then he said; “One moment, Michael, I have an idea!”.  He took two of the still hot, glazed donuts and went back into the kitchen. In a moment he returned with both donuts coated in cinnamon.  Paul’s eyes lit up.  The counterman was smiling ear to ear.  He had taken the opportunity to make a custom order just for my friend Paul.

It made me think of a book I had read once called “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”.  It's a wonderful book that I urge everyone to read if they can.  The main topic is the idea of “quality” and what exactly “quality” is.  The sprinkle of cinnamon made me think about corporatization and how it's slowly eroding our collective spirt.  The commercialism of brands is destroying true, actual quality.  I thought, man, if I was in a Dunkin Donut or Starbucks, would the guy run to the back of the kitchen to make up a special order just to make one customer happy?  Would they even have the authority if they were so inspired?   There it was in a nutshell for me.  The quality of small business.  Small business is the only way to insure true quality because quality is love – the love and pride of the business owner who wants to serve their loyal and beloved customers - their family.  You don’t serve your family shit.  As the corporations erode this quality of true customers service they thereby erode our spirits as we accept mediocrity as the norm.  Smalls is just like the Donut Pub, from another era.  We care PASSIONATELY that you love our jazz donuts.  We want you to be a part of our family and enjoy what we have to offer on our menu.  We are trying our very best to produce the highest quality jazz donuts and to pass on that quality, that love, to our beloved customers – you.  We don’t want you to feel ripped off – we want you to be delighted and enhanced.   We will try our best to get that cinnamon for you on that fresh jazz donut.  Quality, love of service, a deep spiritual connection to one’s customers.  It is an old idea and one that is becoming rarer and rarer.  Beware America, it is vanishing right before our eyes.

Regards,

Spike
 

Monday - 6/4
Hendrik Meurkens, David Berkman & Chris Berger

Hendrik Meurkens is a harmonica virtuoso and great, expressive jazz artist.  He'll be joined by pianist David Berkman and bassist Chris Berger for a evening of trio.


 Doors @ 7:30 PM
Seatings at 8 and 9:30 PM

Pasquale Grasso "After-hours" @ 11 PM

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Tuesday - 6/5
Nitai Herhskovits, Or Bareket & Rodney Green

Pianist Nitai Hershkovits invites Drummer Rodney Green and Bassist Or Bareket for an intimate, pre CD release show.


 Doors @ 7:30 PM
Seatings at 8 and 9:30 PM

Mezzrow "Polite Jam Session" @ 11 PM

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Wednesday - 6/6
Gary Versace, Keith Ganz & Sean Smith

Gary Versace is a modern thinking & fluid improvisor. He is joined by Ketih Ganz on guitar and Sean Smith on bass for an evening of trio.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Seatings at 
8 & 9:30 PM
Pete Malinverni "After-hours" @ 11 PM

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Thursday - 6/7
Jimmy Bruno & Craig Thomas

 

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Seatings at 
8 & 9:30 PM
Spike Wilner "After-hours"  @ 11 PM

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Friday & Saturday - 6/8-9
Ted Rosenthal, Noriko Ueda & Tim Horner

 

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Seatings at 8 PM & 9:30 PM
6/8 - Greg Murphy "After-hours" @ 11 PM
6/9 - Anthony Wonsey "After-hours" @ 11 PM


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Sunday - 6/10
Catskill Jazz Factory presents: Damien Sneed & Shenel Johns

Catskill Jazz Factory comes to Mezzrow: The prodigious multi-genre pianist and artist Damien Sneed is joined by one of today's top rising vocalists in jazz, Shenel Johns, for an evening of gospel and blues.

“An ambassador for classical and gospel music… His talent stretches across traditional divisions. In the realest sense, he uses his artistry to make our world a better place.” —Wynton Marsalis on Damien Sneed


Doors at 4:30 PM
Damien Sneed & Shenel Johns from 5 PM until 7 PM


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Sunday - 6/10
Marianne Solivan Quartet

Vocalist Marianne Solivan sings with authority and grace. She is joined by her quartet for an evening of song in our listening room.

Doors at 7:30 PM
Seatings at 8 PM & 9:30 PM
John Merrill & Friends "After-hours" 11 PM


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Monday - 6/4
Ari Hoenig Trio

 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Ari Hoenig - Drums, Nitai Hershkovits - Piano, Matt Penman - Bass
 
Monday - 6/4
Joe Farnsworth Quartet

 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
     with Joe Farnsworth - Drums, Dave Kikoski - Piano, John Webber - Bass, Eric Alexander - Drums
 
Tuesday - 6/5
Theo Hill Trio
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
with Theo Hill - Piano, Rashaan Carter - Bass, Jeremy Dutton - Drums
Tuesday - 6/5
Ned Goold Quartet
 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Ned Goold - Tenor Sax, Andrew Renfroe - Guitar, Reid Taylor - Bass, Charles Goold - Drums
Wednesday & Thursday - 6/6-7
Lage Lund Quartet
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Lage Lund - Guitar, Sullivan Fortner - Piano, Matt Brewer - Bass, Obed Calvaire - Drums
Wednesday - 6/6
Fukushi Tainaka Quintet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Fukushi Tainaka - Drums, Chris Johansen - Tenor Sax, Nat Harris - Guitar, Marc Devine - Piano, Hide Tanaka - Bass
Wednesday - 6/6
Jovan Alexander "After-hours"
1 AM to close

with Jovan Alexander - Tenor Sax
Thursday - 6/7
Jure Pukl Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Jure Pukl - Tenor Sax, Sullivan Fortner - Piano, Harish Raghavan - Bass, Damion Reid - Drums
Thursday - 6/7
Charles Goold "After-hours"
1 AM to close

with Charles Goold - Drums
Friday - 6/8
Mark Sherman Quartet
"Venture"
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
with Mark Sherman - Vibraphone, Chase Baird - Tenor Sax, Felix Pastorius - Bass, Mike Clark - Drums
Friday & Saturday - 6/8-9
Mike Rodriguez Quintet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

$20 for this show
with Mike Rodriguez - Trumpet, Dayna Stephens - Tenor Sax, Gary Versace - Organ, Joe Martin - Bass, Donald Edwards - Drums
Friday - 6/8
Corey Wallace Dub-tet
"After-hours"
1 AM to close

with  Corey Wallace - Trombone
Saturday - 6/9
Smalls Showcase:
Buzz Donald Trio

Sets at 4:30 PM & 6 PM

with Buzz Donald - Drums, Chris McCarthy - Piano, Jake Leckie - Bass
Saturday - 6/9
Michael Cochrane
"Lines of reason"
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
with Michael Cochrane - Piano, Joe Ford - Alto Sax,  Marcus McLaurine -  Bass, Alan Nelson - Drums
Saturday - 6/9
Philip Harper Quintet
"After-hours"
1 AM to close

with  Philip Harper - Trumpet
Sunday - 6/10
Sacha Perry Quintet

Sets at 4:30 PM & 6 PM
with Sacha Perry - Piano,  Paul Gill - Bass, Ai Murakami - Drums, Dwayne Clemons - Trumpet, Zaid Nasser - Alto Sax
Sunday - 6/10
Nick Hempton Band

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
with Nick Hempton - Tenor Sax
Sunday - 6/10
JC Stylles Organ Quartet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
with JC Stylles - Guitar, Kyle Koehler - Organ, Troy Roberts - Tenor Sax, Diego Voglino - Drums
Sunday - 6/10
Hillel Salem "After-hours"

1 AM to close
with Hillel Salem - Trumpet
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