SmallsLIVE Newsletter & Schedule May 27th, 2013

Hello My Friends:

Ah Ha, dressed to impress, A another night on the town listening to that good ole Jazz Music.  Jazz is that form of music where musicians come together and turn spiritual light into sound (acoustic or electric).  Jazz is elegance, jazz is extravagance, jazz is the coordinance and cadence of conniptions and fits, delivered independence. Shucks, some musicians feel as though good Jazz music is good sex (no pun intended).  Jazz music is internationalle , Jazz music is universalle, dare I refer to Jazz music as immortalle? In any event, I will have Jazz music in my home and my heart forever and ever, Amen!

Robert Kendal

Smalls Jazz Club has a resident artist.  Some call him by his nickname "Ghetto" but he's told me that he doesn't like that name and prefers his given name, Robert Kendal.  I'm not sure when exactly Robert started hanging out at Smalls but he soon became an entrenched figure, a nightly presence.  Robert's medium is mostly colored markers but also crayon and some pastels.  He draws every group nearly every night.  His style is distinct, somewhat of a graffiti-style but with an amazing amount expression and manages to capture each musician somehow perfectly.  He always draws the group at the bottom of the page and then leaves a large space at the top to write a poem or some message.  I've quoted one of my favorites above.  Robert is a beautiful cat and well worth speaking to if you see him in the club.  He seems a throwback to another age when bohemianism was still a possibility - that an artist  could simply draw night after night, unapologetically.  He lives  just to draw and paint and to document a scene and make his own commentaries.  For me, he is an important part of our artistic family and reflects the spirit of Smalls - community, bohemianism, thinking outside the box, expression of beauty & commitment to art.  He sells his work and if you have a few extra dollars, I recommend buying something from him.  You never know, it may be worth millions one day...

This Week At Smalls:

We have a stellar week ahead of us.  Beginning on Monday night with the Peter Bernstein quartet which features Donald VegaDezron Douglas & Billy Drummond.  This is the same group that Pete brought into the Vanguard a few months ago and it was killing!  Be sure to check that out.

On Tuesday we have an appearance from Seamus Blake who is co-leading a quintet with tenor saxophonist Chris Cheek.  In the group is Aaron Goldberg, Matt Clohsey and Bill Stewart.  I'm sure this is going to be an interesting and groovy evening of music.  Please be sure to stick around afterhours for Kyle Poole & his "Next Generation" jam session.  Here you can hear the "20 somethings" play and feel better about jazz being in good hands for the future!  Be sure to check out Kyle's interview this week in our Smalls Interview Blog - click here!

Wednesday and Thursday Smalls will be hosting the Brooklyn Underground Jazz Festival.  We generally do this every year and the program is a good mixture of bands from this organization.  We'll be presenting three bands a night.  On Wednesday is Owen Howard's  band "Drum Lore", followed by vocalist Tammy Scheffer's sextet and then closing with Rob Garcia and his excellent group.  On Thursday is Dave Smith's band followed by Dave Cook and his trio and then closing out the night with Adam Kolker and his excellent group.  This is a lot of music packed into two nights.  One cover gets you all the shows (per night) - so come on out and support Brooklyn in Greenwich Village.

This weekend our 10:30 PM show on Friday and Saturday night is pianist/composer Emilio Solla and his group "Bien Sur!".  Emilio is an amazing pianist and composes Tango and other works with an interesting group that features Tim Armacost on tenor, Victor Preito on accordian, Jorge Roeder on bass and drummer Ziv Ravitz.   This is joyful and festive music and worth coming out to hear.  On Friday at 7:30 PM we present the trio of the excellent veteran pianist Steve Ashe.  Steve is a consumate player and a tasteful, hard swinger.  On Saturday for our 7:30 PM show is the soulful Hayes Greenfield and his co-led group with Robert Rosenberg.  With Dean Johnson on bass and Scott Neumann on drums, this is an original and engaging group.

On Sunday we are delighted to have an appearance from guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli who will be coming in as a duet with guitarist Ed Laub.  These guys are a lot of fun, Ed sings and Bucky swings!  Following them is the amazing Johnny O'Neal and his trio.

We appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you to Smalls Jazz Club.  Come on out and hear some live music!

Best Regards,

Spike Wilner


The Peter Bernstein Quartet

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Peter Bernstein - Guitar
Donald Vega - Piano
Dezron Douglas - Bass
Billy Drummond - Drums


The Brooklyn Underground Festival Presents: The Tammy Scheffer Sextet

10:45 PM to 11:45 PM

Tammy Scheffer - Voc.
John O'Gallagher - A.Sax
Dan Pratt - T.Sax
Chris Ziemba - Piano
Dan Foose - Bass
Ronen Itzik - Drums



The Dave Cook Trio

10:45 PM to 11:45 PM

David Cook - Piano
Matt Clohesy - Bass
Ross Pederson - Drums

The Steve Ashe Trio

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Steve Ash - Piano
Chris Haney - Bass
Peter Van Nostrand - Dr.


The Seamus Blake/ Chris Cheek Collective

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Seamus Blake - Tenor Sax
Chris Cheek - Tenor Sax
Aaron Goldberg - Piano
Matt Clohesy - Bass
Bill Stewart - Drums



The Brooklyn Underground Festival Presents: The Rob Garcia Quartet

12:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Noah Preminger - T. Sax
Glenn Zaleski - Piano
Joe Martin - Bass
Rob Garcia - Drums


 Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival Presents: The Adam Kolker Quartet

12:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Adam Kolker - Tenor Sax
David Cook - Piano
Jeremy Stratton - Bass
Owen Howard - Drums


The Hayes Greenfield and Robert Rosenberg Quartet

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Hayes Greenfield - A.Sax
Roger Rosenberg - B.Sax
Dean Johnson - Bass
Scott Neumann - Drums

The Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival Presents: Owen Howard's "Drum Lore"

9:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Adam Kolker - T. Sax
John O'Gallagher - A.Sax
Frank Carlberg - Piano
Aidan O'Donnell - Bass
Owen Howard - Drums



The Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival Presents: The Dave Smith Quintet

9:30 PM to 10:30 PM

David Smith - Trumpet
Dan Pratt - Tenor Sax
Nate Radley - Guitar
Gary Wang - Bass
Greg Ritchie - Drums


5/31 & 6/1

Emilio Solla & Bien Sur!

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM

Tim Armacost - T. Sax
Victor Prieto - Acc.
Emilio Solla - Piano
Jorge Roeder - Bass
Ziv Ravitz - Drums

Sunday Evening Duets with:
Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Bucky Pizzarelli - Gtr.
Ed Laub - Gtr

Mon, "Afterhours" -
Spencer Murphy Jam

Tues, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM -
Spike Wilner Trio

Tues, 10PM to 12:30 AM -
Smalls Legacy Band (featuring Frank Lacy, Josh Evans, Theo Hill & Stacy Dillard)

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

Wed, 6PM to 8:45 PM -
Michela Lerman Tap Jam
Thur, 5PM to 8:45 PM -
Sam Raderman Afternoon Jam

Fri, 4PM to 7PM -
Paquale Grasso Afternoon Jam

Sat, 4PM to 7PM -
The Dwayne Clemons Quintet

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

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Monday May 27
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM - The Greg Murphy Trio
Greg Murphy - Piano , Tom Dicarlo - Bass , Chris Beck - Drums 

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM - The Peter Bernstein Quartet
Peter Bernstein - Guitar , Donald Vega - Piano , Dezron Douglas - Bass , Billy Drummond - Drums 

12:30 AM to close - Afterhours with: Spencer Murphy
Spencer Murphy - Bass , 

Tuesday May 28
7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - Spike Wilner Trio
Spike Wilner - Piano 

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM - The Seamus Blake Group
Seamus Blake - Tenor Sax , Chris Cheek - Tenor Sax , Matt Clohesy - Bass , Bill Stewart - Drums 

12:30 AM to close - The Next Generation Sessions hosted by Kyle Poole and Friends
Kyle Poole - Drums , 

Wednesday May 29
6:00 PM to 8:45 PM - Tap Dance Jam! Hosted by Michela Lerman
Michela Marino Lerman - Tap Dancer , 

9:30 PM to 10:30 PM - The Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival Presents: Owen Howard's "Drum Lore"
Adam Kolker - Tenor Sax , John O'Gallagher - Alto Sax , Frank Carlberg - Piano , Aidan O'donnell - Bass ,Owen Howard - Drums , 

10:45 PM to 11:45 PM - The Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival Presents: The Tammy Scheffer Sextet
Tammy Scheffer - Vocalist , John O'Gallagher - Alto Sax , Dan Pratt - Tenor Sax , Chris Ziemba - Piano , Dan Foose - Bass , Ronen Itzik - Drums 

12:00 AM to 1:00 AM - The Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival Presents: The Robert Garcia Quartet
Noah Preminger - Tenor Sax , Glenn Zaleski - Piano , Joe Martin - Bass , Rob Garcia - Drums , 

Thursday May 30
5:00 PM to 8:45 PM ($10 cover/Musicians free) - Afternoon Open Jam Session with: Sam Raderman and Luc Decker
Luc Decker - Drums , Nial Djuliarso - Piano , Sam Raderman - Guitar , 

9:30 PM to 10:30 PM - The Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival Presents: The Dave Smith Quintet
David Smith - Trumpet , Dan Pratt - Tenor Sax , Nate Radley - Guitar , Gary Wang - Bass , Greg Ritchie - Drums 

10:45 PM to 11:45 PM - The Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival Presents: The Dave Cook Trio
David Cook - Piano , Matt Clohesy - Bass , Ross Pederson - Drums 

12:00 AM to 1:00 AM - The Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival Presents: The Adam Kolker Quartet
Adam Kolker - Tenor Sax , David Cook - Piano , Jeremy Stratton - Bass , Owen Howard - Drums 

Friday May 31
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Happy Hour Jam Session with: Pasquale Grasso
Pasquale Grasso - Guitar , 

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The Steve Ash Trio
Steve Ash - Piano , Peter Van Nostrand - Drums , Chris Haney - Bass 

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - Emilio Solla & Bien Sur!
Tim Armacost - Tenor Sax , Victor Prieto - Accordian , Emilio Solla - Piano , Jorge Roeder - Bass , Ziv Ravitz- Drums 

1:00 AM to close - Afterhours with: The Anthony Wonsey Trio
Anthony Wonsey - Piano , 

Saturday June 01
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM - The "Early Bird" Session hosted by Dwayne Clemons & Sasha Perry 
Jimmy Wormworth - Drums , Sacha Perry - Piano , Dwayne Clemons - Trumpet , Josh Benko - Alto Sax ,Murray Wall - Bass 

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The Hayes Greenfield & Roger Rosenberg Quartet
Hayes Greenfield - Alto Sax , Roger Rosenberg - Baritone Sax , Dean Johnson - Bass , Scott Neumann - Drums 

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - Emilio Solla & Bien Sur!
Tim Armacost - Tenor Sax , Victor Prieto - Accordian , Ziv Ravitz - Drums , Emilio Solla - Piano , Jorge Roeder - Bass 

1:00 AM to close - Afterhours with: The Eric Wyatt Quartet
Eric Wyatt - Tenor Sax , Theo Hill - Piano , Ameen Saleem - Bass , Shinnousuke Takahashi - Drums 

Sunday June 02
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings $20 entry - $40 to participate
Marion Cowings - Vocalist 

4:30 PM to 7:00 PM - Norville Trio Tribute to Red Norvo Trio
Tom Beckham - Vibraphone , John Merrill - Guitar , Sean Cronin - Bass 

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM - Sunday Evening Duets with: Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub
Bucky Pizzarelli - Guitar , Ed Laub - Guitar 

9:30 PM to 11:00 PM - The Legendary Johnny O'Neal 
Johnny O'Neal - Piano , 

11:30 PM - close - "Round Midnight" with: The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
Dmitry Baevsky - Alto Sax , David Hazeltine - Piano , David Wong - Bass , Joe Strasser - Drums
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