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SmallsLIVE/Mezzrow Newsletter
May 28th, 2018
 
Dear Friends:

There is a Zen koan which asks; "how do you step forward from atop a 100 foot pole?".  This koan always makes me think about jazz and particularly my beloved teacher Harry Whitaker.  Harry never prepared for a gig - didn't pass out charts with complex arrangements.  He always hired a group that he knew could empathize with him directly - mind to mind.   He'd click his fingers on a tempo and GO!   The tunes he played would be familiar - blues, Woody n' You, but the tune didn't matter.  That was just his framework, it was the spontaneous moment that Harry embraced - the place where anything's possible.  He was free.  This kind of spontaneous, no-thought jazz is a rare style these days.  It's rare that I hear a band that comes into Smalls and just blows, but there are a few.  I never want to be the one who says one style is more significant than another but in my heart, I just want to shimmy up the top of that pole then look out at the vista before me and then...jump into the unknown!   You never know, you may wind up flat on the sidewalk, a real mess.  Or, to your surprise, you may discover that you can fly.  Then you can soar with the great dragons, catching the vapors and riding them with grace and confidence.  True jazz mastery.  It's hard work to get to the top of that pole, no doubt.  It may take years and years of climbing and let's say you actually  get there - you made it to the top.  Well, now what?  I hear many musicians who have climbed that pole quite well but then got stuck up at the top and now cling desperate and terrified.  I want to be like my man Harry, smile like the Cheshire Cat, close my eyes and just lay back - what happens happens and that's jazz.

Regards,
Spike
 

Monday - 5/28
Ed Howard & Dave Kikoski


Longtime bandmates Ed Howard and David Kikoski come together for an evening of jazz duo.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Sets at 8 & 9:30 PM

Pasquale Grasso "After-hours" @ 11 PM

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Tuesday - 5/29
Vanessa Trouble, Burt Eckoff & Ron McClure



Doors @ 7:30 PM
Sets at 
8 & 9:30 PM
Miki Yamanaka & Adi Meyerson "After-hours" 11 PM

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Wednesday - 5/30
Dan Levinson, Mark Shane & Molly Ryan

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Sets at 8 & 9:30 PM

Pete Malinverni "After-hours" @ 11 PM

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Thursday - 5/31
Martin Bejerano, Edward Perez & Mike Piolet

 Doors @ 7:30 PM
Sets at 8 & 9:30 PM

Spike Wilner "After-hours" @ 11 PM

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Friday & Saturday, 6/1-2
David Bryant & Trismic


Pianist David Bryant is a hard swinging modernist with a fleet touch. He has invited bassist Linda Oh and drummer Kush Abadey for a weekend of trio.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Sets at 8 & 9:30 PM

6/1 - Steve Ash "After-hours" @ 11 PM
6/2 - Theo Hill "After-hours" @ 11 PM


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Sunday - 6/3
Solo Piano Salon - No Cover

Join pianist Spike Wilner for an afternoon of solo piano, there is no cover charge for this performance.

Doors @ 4:30 PM
Spike Wilner from 5 PM until 7 PM

Sunday - 6/3
Vocalist Nancy Harms &
Aaron Goldberg


Doors @ 7:30 PM
Sets at 8 & 9:30 PM
John Merrill's "After-hours" @ 11 PM


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THIS WEEK AT SMALLS
(a selection of featured shows)
For our full schedule please go to www.smallslive.com

Monday - 5/28
Ari Hoenig Trio

 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
with Ari Hoenig - Drums, Nitai Herhskovits - Piano, Or Bareket - Bass
 
Monday - 5/28
Joe Farnsworth Quartet

 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
with Joe Farnsworth - Drums, Jeremy Pelt - Trumpet, Keith Brown - Piano, John Webber - Bass
Monday - 5/28
1AM to close

OPEN JAM SESSION
 
Tuesday - 5/29
Robert Edwards Quintet

 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Robert Edwards - Trombone, Joe Magnarelli - Trumpet, Steve Ash - Piano, Mike Karn - Bass, Aaron Kimmel - Drums
 
Tuesday - 5/29
Josh Evans Quintet

 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
with Josh Evans - Trumpet, Mike DiRubbo - Alto Sax, Davis Whitfield - Piano, Rashaan Carter - Bass, Kush Abadey - Drums
Tuesday - 5/29
1AM to close

OPEN JAM SESSION
 
Wednesday - 5/30
Steve Lyman Trio
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Steve Lyman - Drums, Nir Felder - Guitar, Chris Tordini - Bass
Wednesday - 5/30
Carlos Abadie Quintet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Carlos Abadie - Trumpet, Mike Troy - Alto Sax, Peter Zak - Piano, Kiyoshi Kitagawa - Bass, Luca Santaniello - Drums
Wednesday - 5/30
Afterhours: Mike Troy Quartet
Sets at 1:00 PM & 2:30 AM

with Carlos Abadie - Trumpet, Mike Troy - Alto Sax, Peter Zak - Piano, Kiyoshi Kitagawa - Bass, Luca Santaniello - Drums
Thursday - 5/31
Noah Preminger Quartet
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Noah Preminger - Tenor Sax, Jason Palmer - Trumpet, Kim Cass - Bass, Dan Weiss - Drums
Thursday - 5/31
Akiko Tsuruga Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Akiko Tsuruga - Organ, Joe Magnarelli - Trumpet, Eric Alexander - Tenor Sax, Joe Farnsworth - Drums
Thursday - 5/31
Afterhours: Jon Thomas
Sets at 1:00 PM & 2:30 AM

 
Friday & Saturday - 6/1-2
Neal Smith New Breed Sextet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 per set
with Neal Smith - Drums, Nathan See - Tenor Sax, Milena Casado - Trumpet, Dabin Ryu - Piano, Rina Yamazaki - Piano, Timothy Johnson - Guitar, Youngchae Jeong - Bass
Friday & Saturday - 6/1-2
Michael Weiss Quartet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
$20 per set
with Michael Weiss - Piano, Steve Wilson - Alto Sax, Ugonna Okegwo - Bass, Adam Cruz - Drums
Friday - 6/1
Afterhours: JD Allen
Saturday - 6/2
Afterhours: Philip Harper

Sets at 1:00 PM & 2:30 AM

 
Sunday - 6/3
Vocal Masterclass with
Marion Cowings

from 1:00 PM until 3 PM
The Marion Cowings Jazz Vocal Workshop is a weekly session that gives vocalists a forum to develop the elements that define a jazz vocal performance.
Sunday - 6/3
Deborah Davis
& A Few Good Men

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
with Deborah Davis - Vocalist, Ben Rosenblum - Piano, Essiet Essiet - Bass, Ben Zweig - Drums
Sunday - 6/3
Bruce Harris Group

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
with Bruce Harris - Trumpet, Grant Stewart - Tenor, Ehud Asherie - Piano, Paul Sikivie - Bass, Aaron Kimmel - Drums
Sunday - 6/3
Afterhours: Jon Beshay
Sets at 1:00 PM & 2:30 AM

 
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