June 2nd, 2014

Dear Friends:

Finally some really nice weather.  I love Greenwich Village just at this time of year when the winter and rainy spring are finally beginning to change.  It makes me think of this haiku from Basho -

The sun's way:
hollyhocks turn toward it
through all the rains of May.

It's my favorite time because I can sit on the front "porch" (as Ned Goold calls it) ie. the benches right in front of Smalls and watch the crowd go by - tourists, neighborhood people, many dogs.  Mitch, the master barker, greets each person with a smile and invites them to descend the staircase into our underground jazz chamber.  Early in the evening it isn't easy to entice because nearly everyone wants to be in the fine evening air.  Later, as it gets cooler, the club begins to fill.  The music goes all night, band after band until the early morning.  The day to night existence of a jazz club woven tightly into the fabric of the city - the rhythm of the people and the rhythm of the music merging into one single sound - the sound of life...

I look forward to seeing you at the club and wish you the best.  Please be kind to one and other and do good deeds.


(a selection of featured shows)

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Monday - 6/2
Greg Ryan Trio
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM

Greg Ryan has been a steadfast and reliable part of the jazz scene for years.  Come out tonight to hear him with his own trio that features the excellent Xavier Davis on piano and the ever-swinging Joe Strasser on drums.
Monday - 6/2
The Ari Hoenig Quintet
Sets at 10:15PM & 11:30 PM

Ari Hoenig has been our regular Monday night performer now for years and each time with an exciting and dynamic group.  Tonight he comes in with his quartet that features the amazing Gilad Hekselman on guitar, Eden Ladin on piano and Noam Weisenberg on bass.
Tuesday - 6/3
Smalls Legacy Band
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12:00 AM

The Smalls Legacy Band has been gaining a reputation as a powerful force of post-bop swing.  Co-led by the fiery Josh Evans on trumpet and the legendary Frank Lacy on trombone. Also in the group is the creative Stacy Dillard on sax, Theo Hill on piano, Ameen Saleem on bass and Kush Abadey on drums.
Wednesday - 6/4
The David Bryant Quartet
Sets at 9:30 PM & 11:00 PM
David Bryant is a pianist's pianist.  Quiet and self effacing he has a powerful force at the instrument and his own voice.  In his rhythm section is Dezron Douglas on bass and Jonathan Barber on drums.  Joining the quartet is the amazing Mark Shim on tenor saxophone.
Wednesday 6/4
"Round Midnight" with:
The Roxy Coss Quintet

Set at 12:30 AM 

Roxy Coss has a big sound on the horn and plays with fire and grace.  For her "Round Midnight" set she'll be bringing in Alex Wintz on guitar, Chris Pattishall on piano, Sam Anning on bass and the wonderful Willie Jones III on drums.
Thursday 6/5
 Ben Wendel Quintet

Sets at 9:30 PM & 11:00 PM

Ben Wendel is an introspective and thoughtful improvisor and composer.  For his quintet Ben is working with a truly great rhythm section which features Gerald Clayton on piano, Joe Sanders on bass and Henry Cole on drums.
Friday - 6/6
Marianne Solivan Quartet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM
$20 for this show.

Marianne Solivan is a soulful and subtle artist with a lovely voice and wide range of repertoire.  Please come out to hear this delightful singer.  In her quartet is the fabulous Bruce Barth on piano, Matthew Parrish on bass and Ken Salters on drums.
Friday & Saturday - 6/6 & 6/7
Ken Peplowski Quintet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12:00 AM
$20 for this show.

One of the greatest voices on the clarinet in the world today.  You should not miss this chance to hear Ken Peplowski for his weekend at Smalls.  In the band is the swinging Ehud Asherie on piano, David Wong on bass and Aaron Kimmel on drums.
Saturday - 6/7
 Tom Dempsey & 
Tim Ferguson Quartet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM
$20 for this show.

This dynamic co-led group has a book of great arrangements and originals and a drum legend to boot. Tom Dempsey on guitar, Tim Ferguson on bass, Eliot Zigmund on drums and  the ever creative Joel Frahm on tenor sax.
Saturday - 6/7
  Eyal Vilner Big Band 3+

Sets at 4:30 PM & 6:00 PM

Eyal Vilner comes to Smalls with his big band - a cast of characters too long to list here.  If you've never seen a big band at Smalls, now is your chance.
Sunday - 6/8
 Sasha Dobson Quartet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM

Sasha Dobson is an amazing talent.  A vocalist ith perfect intonation and a great jazz feeling.  Come catch her for a rare Smalls Jazz Club appearance.

Mon, "Afterhours" -
Spencer Murphy Jam

Tues, 7:30PM to 10PM -
Spike Wilner Trio

Tues, "Afterhours" -
Kyle Poole "Next Generation" Jam

Wed, 6PM to 9PM -
Michela Lerman Tap Jam
Thur, 6PM to 9PM

The "Early Bird" with:

Fri, 4PM to 7PM -
OPEN Afternoon Jam

Sat, 4PM to 7PM -
OPEN Afternoon Jam 

Sun, 1PM to 3PM
Marion Cowings Vocal Masterclass
($40 to participate)

Sun, 10PM to 11:30PM  - 
The Legendary Johnny O'Neal


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