January 12th, 2015

Dear Friends:

I wanted to take the opportunity to give some credit to my amazing and hard working Smalls/Mezzrow staff.  Those of you who have come to Smalls or Mezzrow probably have seen my guys working the door, dealing with customers and musicians.  I'm talking about Carlos Abadie, Spencer Murphy, Nick Hempton, Ken Fowser and John Merrill.  One thing that customers may not realize is that each of these guys is a great jazz musician in their own right and each of them works diligently and dedicatedly on their music.  All of them perform regularly at either club (Nick is here this Thursday and him and Carlos rotate on that Thursday slot.  Spencer plays Monday nights after Ari Hoenig and John plays at Mezzrow on Mondays.)  It's a rare privilege to have such talented musician as such dedicated managers.  But, honestly, it's the only way it can work for us at Smalls.  I need to have guys in charge who understand the environment and know who's who.  Only a musician can understand a musician and only a musician can understand what a good "vibe" is when it comes to the club.  That's often the thing that I'm most concerned about - the vibe.  If I see that the clubs are humming with a positive good energy then I know we're doing our jobs right.  I get nervous when things seem flat.  That's why my manager slots are such difficult ones to place - because I need real musicians, and not just regular ones but masters of the craft, running the club.

I also want to give some huge props to my bar manager Erin Short, who has been working at Smalls for nearly 8 years.  Everyone that knows Erin loves her and there's no question about who's bar it is - it's Erin's bar!  When we were about to open Mezzrow I asked her to come in there and design the menu.  It's understated, and perhaps too much so, but she makes the most incredible cocktails and creates her own signature infusions - fig bourbon, jalapeño tequila, strawberry vodkas - you name it.  Original and creative drinks made with thoroughness and love.  It's all part of our Smalls/Mezzrow experience which is personal, creative and down-home.  In this age of impersonal corporate sterility, we try to keep things warm and real.

Come down and join us on the East and West corners of 10th street and 7th ave!





The Mezzrow January Schedule is now available - check our site.
Monday - 1/12
Johnny O'Neal & Friends

The highly acclaimed pianist and singer Johnny O'Neal has a residency at Mezzrow every Monday evening.  With him is the excellent bassist Luke Sellick.  Johnny plays a set of music and then hosts an "invitation-only" jam session for singers and instrumentalists.

    • Solo Guitar Set @ 7 PM (no cover)
    • Johnny O'Neal Sets @ 9 PM & 10:30 PM
  • Tuesday - 1/13
    Ehud Asherie & Hilary Gardner
  • Pianist Ehud Asherie is a lively improvisor with a real foundation in the tradtion of jazz piano.  With him is the lovely and demur and highly sophisticated vocalist Hilary Gardner.
  • Doors open at 7 PM
    Sets @ 8:30 & 10PM

    Stick around for our "Polite" jam session starting @ 11:00 PM

    Click to reserve

  • Wed & Thur (1/14 & 15)
    Christian Sands & Corcoran Holt (1/14), Noah Jackson (1/15)
  • Pianist Christian Sands is a virtuso of the instrument with a deep jazz feeling and a hard driving swing.  He is currently the pianist for bassist Christian McBride's group.  Joining him is bassists Corcoran Holt and Noah Jackon.
    Doors open at 7 PM
    Sets at 8:30 PM & 10 PM
    After Hours piano  @ 11:00 PM


  • Friday & Saturday - 1/16-17
    Orrin Evans & Vicente Archer

    Orrin Evans epitomizes the Philly sound - powerful jazz feeling and groove coupled with exquisite touch.  Accompanying him is the virtuostic and inventive bassist Vicente Archer. 

    • Doors open at 7PM w. a solo set
    • Orrin Evans @ 9 PM & 10:30 PM
    • After Hours duo @ 12 AM
Sunday - 1/18
Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub
  • Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub are a natural duet - beautiful swing feeling and tradition wrapped with humor, romance and joy.  This is a feel good set of music!  Don't miss them in our intimate Music Room setting.
  •  Set from 7 PM to 8:45 PM

    Click to reserve

Sunday - 1/18
Dayna Stephens & Eden Ladin
  • Dayna Stephens has a deep feeling combined with a modern conception.  A fascinating and compelling improvisor, he's always worth coming out to hear.  On piano is the young Israeli sensation Eden Ladin.
  •  Sets run 9pm to 12am


(a selection of featured shows)

For our full schedule please go to

Monday - 1/12

The best of french jazz in New York!

Pierrick Pedron Trio
8 PM to 8:45 PM

w. Pierrick Pedron - Piano, Ari Hoenig - Drums, Thomas Bramerie - Bass

Marian Badoi Trio
9 PM to 9:45 PM

w. Marian Badoi - Accordian, Olivier Kikteff - Guitar, Tanguy Blum - Bass

Julien Alour Quintet
10 PM to 10:45 PM

w. Julien Alour - Trumpet, Seamus Blake - Ten. Sax, Adrien Chicot - Piano, Sylvain Roman - Bass, Jean-Pierre Arnaud - Drums

Olivier Boge Quartet
11 PM to 11:45 PM

w. Olivier Boge - Alto Sax, Dan Tepfer - Piano, Sam Minaie - Bass, Karl Jannuska - Drums

Yonathan Avishai Trio
12 AM to 12:45 AM

w. Jonathan Avishai - Piano, Joe Martin - Bass, Matt Wilson - Drums
Tuesday - 1/13
Lucas Pino
No Net Nonet

Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM

Once again Lucas Pino and his merry band of noneters take the Smalls stage.  Don't miss this wonderful group and their music.
Wed, Thu - 1/14-15
Lage Lund 4 
w.  Lage Lund - Guitar, Matt Brewer - Bass,
Tyshawn Sorey - Drums, Sullivan Fortner - Piano

Lage Lund is rapidly becoming one of the most popular guitar voices of his generation.  With him is the enigmatic and creative Sullivan Fortner on piano.
Wednesday - 1/14
"Round Midnight" With :
The Alex LoRe Quartet

Midnight to close
w. Alex LoRe - Alto Sax, Desmond White - Bass, Glenn Zaleski - Piano, Colin Stranahan - Drums
Alex LoRe is a forward thinking improvisor with a book of compelling originals.  
Thursday - 1/15
"Round Midnight" With :
The Nick Hempton Band

Midnight to close
w. Nick Hempton - Alto Sax, Dan Aran - Drums, Jeremy Manasia - Piano, Dave Baron - Bass

Nick Hempton is a hard swinging improvisor with a great sense of taste and a bebop repertoire.
Friday - 1/16
Tardo Hammer Trio
Sets at  7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show.
w. Tardo Hammer - Piano, Lee Hudson - Bass, Jimmy Wormworth - Drums

Tardo Hammer is a veteran pianist and one of the most respected of his generation.  With him is drum legend Jimmy Wormsworth.
Fri, Sat - 1/16-17
Mark Soskin Quartet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
$20 for this show
w. Mark Soskin - Piano, Anthony Pinciotti - Drums, Rich Perry - Tenor Sax, Jay Anderson - Bass

Mark Soskin has been a force on the jazz scene for years and the pianist for the great Sonny Rollins.  This is a veteran all-star quartet that's sure to please.
Saturday - 1/17
Eliot Zigmund Quartet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show
w. Eliot Zigmund - Drums, Chris Cheek - Tenor Sax, Michael Eckroth - Piano, David Kingsnorth - Bass

Eliot Zigmund is a jazz legend and has recorded with Bill Evans among many others.
Sunday - 1/18
Behn Gillece Quintet

From 10:30 PM to close
w. Behn Gillece - Vibraphone, Ken Fowser - Tenor Sax, Jeremy Manasia - Piano, Charles Ruggiero - Drums, Joseph Lepore - Bass

Behn Gillece is a dynamic vibraphonist and modern thinking improvisor.  With him is the tasteful and swinging Charles Ruggerio on drums.


Monday - 1/12, 1 AM to close
Afterhours with : Jonathan Michel

Tuesday - 1/13, 7:30 PM to 9 PM
The Spike Wilner Trio

Tuesday - 1/6, 12:30 AM to close 
The Next Generation Sessions with Kyle Poole


Wednesday - 1/14, 6 PM to 9 PM to close 
Tap Dance Jam! Hosted by Michela Lerman

Thursday - 1/15,  6 PM to 9 PM

"Early Bird Sessions" with The Sacha Perry Quintet 


Friday - 1/16, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Friday afternoon open jam session with Ai Murakami

Friday - 1/16, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with Lawrence Leathers

Saturday - 1/17, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Saturday Afternoon Open Jam Session with Tuomo Uusitalo Trio

Saturday -1/17, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with Philip Harper

Sunday - 1/18, 1 PM to 3 PM
Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings 
$20 entry, $40 to participate

Sunday - 1/18, 7:30 PM to 10 PM
The Legendary Johnny O'Neal

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