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SmallsLIVE/Mezzrow Newsletter
October 14th, 2019
 
Dear Friends:

No sooner than the moment after I sent the newsletter eulogizing Harold Mabern did I learn about the passing of pianists Larry Willis and Richard Wyands.  All three of these piano giants died within a week of each other.  Sobering.  I received shocked texts and emails from friends around the world.  The Jazz community is a family, a village as Orrin Evans likes to say.  There are integral cogs in the gears of the great machine and as they break away the machine bogs down, perhaps even stops working all together.  I had to give pause and collect myself.  Both Harold and Richard lived long lives.  Larry was the youngest and perhaps a bit too young to pass but as we've learned this year there is no age limit when the Lord calls you to His side.  It's made me look at my own career and the musicians that I've known, the music I've heard and played, the hangs I've hung.  It's forced me to reevaluate my own mission and purpose.  Jazz in the current age - is it relevant?  Does it even really exist?

I was speaking to my dear friend guitarist Peter Bernstein in regards to the passing of these three piano kings.  "The elders are leaving us", was what he said.  Indeed.  My response was; "we are the elders now."  Pete could only say to this; "I guess..." and we left it there.  But it made me think about my generation.  Musicians in their mid-40's to their early 60's.  We are the generation that are the eternal students.  We are the ones who know all the records intimately.  We are the ones who have transcribed every last obscure solo and can reference any side in the entire Blue Note catalog.  We are the ones who see ourselves as minute in comparison to these "elders" - these towering giants of the music.  We've aspired to only be at their side but never to be at their level.  But at this stage does this attitude really serve us?  To learn the music, yes humility to the tradition and the great ones, but at what point does it no longer serve us?  I have to remind myself that when I met Harold Mabern my freshman year at music school he was my current age now.  It seems incredible because for me he was always this towering figure, old and wise.

I believe we've reached that moment.  The time when we must assume the mantel of the masters.  We must shed our school uniform and now become the elders.  It is our time to be strong and confident and to take this music into the future.  We must share now with the younger cats in the same way as we were given and teach them what we have learned.  We must share the correct attitude, feeling - the necessary humility that is required to become a great musician.  We must now be confident and strong in order for this music to go into the future.  There must be strong shoulders onto which others may climb.  Like a battle cry - to arms, to arms, we must now march to the front line.  Throw down your transcribing pencils and play from your own heart, play your own song.  Let the spirit of this music live in our own hearts and like one candle lighting the next let us keep this flame burning.  We are the scene, we are all we have left now.

Peace,

Spike



 

Monday - 10/14
Carlos Homs, James Robbins & Juan Chiavassa

Pianist Carlos Homs makes his debut on the Mezzrow stage with his trio featuring James Robbins on bass and Juan Chiavassa on drums for an evening of swing.

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

Pasquale Grasso @ 10:30 PM & 12AM

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Tuesday - 10/15
Kendra Shank, Frank Kimbrough & Dean Johnson

This trio has played and recorded together for 20 years and have “a practically telepathic integration” (Lawrence Brazier, Jazz Now). Vocalist Kendra Shank was dubbed “imaginative and daring” by Steve Futterman in The New Yorker and “a combination of power and perfume” by Neil Tesser in the Chicago Reader. She brings Frank Kimbrough on piano and Dean Johnson on bass for an evening in our acoustic room.

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

Naama Gheber @ 10:30 PM & 12

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Wednesday - 10/16
Matthew Fries, Steve LaSpina & Keith Hall

Pianist Matthew Fries is a modern thinking improvisor with a sterling touch.  He's invited Steve LaSpina on bass and Keith Hall on drums for a night of trio

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

Miki Yamanaka @ 10:30 PM & 12

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Thursday - 10/17
Veronica Swift, Dan Nimmer & Aaron Kimmel

Vocalist Veronica Swift sings with a lyrical touch and a deep jazz feeling, she is joined by her quartet featuring Dan Nimmer on piano, Aaron Kimmel on drums and a special guest on bass.

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

Spike Wilner & Pasquale Grasso 10:30 PM & 12

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Friday & Saturday - 10/18-10/19
Kevin Hays, Joe Martin & Bill Stewart

Pianist Kevin Hays is a visionary improvisor. He is joined by Joe Martin on bass & Bill Stewart on drums for a weekend in our listening room.

 Doors @ 7 PM
Seatings at 7:30 and 9 PM
10/18 - Dave Kikoski @ 10:30 PM & 12:00 AM
10/19 - Jon Davis @ 10:30 PM & 12:00 AM


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Sunday - 10/20
Victor Gould, Tamir Shmerling & Kush Abadey

Pianist Victor Gould has a fluent technique and a wonderful jazz feeling.  He is joined by Tamir Shmerling on bass and Kush Abadey on drums for a night of trio.

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

After-hours Jam Session @ 10:30 PM & 12 AM

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Monday - 10/14
Rodney Green:
Jackson Miller

 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Rodney Green - Drums, Aida Johannes - Vocalist, Nicole Glover - Tenor Sax, Luis Perdomo - Piano
Monday - 10/14
Jonathan Barber Quintet

 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
with Jonathan Barber - Drums, Kris Allen - Soprano Sax, Andrew Renfroe - Guitar, Taber Gable - Piano, Matt Dwonszyk - Bass
 
Monday - 10/14
Sean Mason Trio "After-hours"

1 AM to close
     with Sean Mason - Piano, William Ledbetter - Bass, Malcolm Charles - Drums
 
Tuesday - 10/15
Steve Nelson Quartet
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
with Steve Nelson - Vibraphone, Rick Germanson - Piano, Adi Meyerson - Bass, Charles Goold - Drums
Tuesday - 10/15
Abraham Burton Quartet

 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
with Abraham Burton - Tenor Sax, David Bryant - Piano, Dezron Douglas - Bass, Eric McPherson - Drums 
 
Tuesday - 10/15
Jon Elbaz Trio "After-hours"
 1 AM to close
with Jon Elbaz - Piano, James Robbins - Bass, Kayvon Gordon - Drums
Wednesday - 10/16
Alex LoRe Quartet
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
with Alex LoRe - Alto Sax, Glenn Zaleski - Piano, Desmond White - Bass, Allan Mednard - Drums
Wednesday - 10/16
Harold Mabern Tribute
 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Eric Alexander - Tenor Sax, Spike Wilner - Piano, John Webber - Bass, Joe Farnsworth - Drums
Wednesday - 10/16
Charles Blenzig Trio
 1 AM to close
 Charles Blenzig - Guitar
Thursday - 10/17
Steve LaSpina Quartet
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

with Steve LaSpina - Bass, Rich Perry - Tenor Sax, Matthew Fries - Piano, John Di Fiore - Drums
Thursday - 10/17
Adam Larson Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
with Adam Larson - Tenor Sax, Glenn Zaleski - Piano, Desmond Wihte - Bass, Jochen Rueckert - Drums
Thursday - 10/17
Malick Koly Quintet "After-hours"
1 AM to close

with Malick Koly - Drums
Friday & Saturday - 10/18-10/19
Steve Slagle Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
with Steve Slagle - Alto Sax, Lawrence Fields - Piano, John Menegon - Bass, Jason Tiemann - Drums
Friday & Saturday - 10/18-10/19
David Weiss Sextet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

$20 for this show
with David Weiss - Trumpet, Craig Handy - Alto Sax, Nicole Glover - Tenor Sax, David Bryant - Piano, Tyrone Allen - Bass, Kush Abadey - Drums
Friday - 10/18
Wallace Roney Jr. Quintet "After-hours"
1 AM to close

with Wallace Roney Jr. - Trumpet
Saturday - 10/19
Eric Wyatt Quartet "After-hours"
1 AM to close

with Eric Wyatt - Tenor Sax, Theo Hill - Piano, Bass - TBA, Kahil Bell - Drums
Sunday - 10/20
Fabien Mary Quintet
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

with Fabien Mary - Trumpet, Frank Basile - Baritone Sax, Steve Ash - Piano, Neal Miner - Bass, Mark Taylor - Drums
Sunday - 10/20
Joe Magnarelli Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
with Joe Magnarelli - Trumpet
Sunday - 10/20
Hillel Salem "After-hours"
1 AM to close

with Hillel Salem - Trumpet, Alon Near - Bass
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