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SmallsLIVE/Mezzrow Newsletter
January 1st, 2018
 
Dear Friends:

For those of you that know Mitch Borden, the founding father of Smalls, my dear friend and business partner, then you know he is rarely excitable.  He's as calm and nonplussed an individual as you will ever meet.  So yesterday when I picked up my phone and heard the terror in his voice I knew something was wrong.  He said brusquely, "Big problem here at Mezzrow, Spike.  Better get over!"  From the sound of his voice I knew he wasn't kidding.  I dropped what I was doing, grabbed my coat and literally ran to Mezzrow.  Sure enough, when I entered the club, I had a hard time registering what I was seeing - water gushing from the ceiling like a geyser.  Inches of water on the floor and rising, the club was inundated.  "Pipe in the empty restaurant above us froze and burst", Mitch shouted, "I'm going to kill the water main for the building!".   Twenty anxiety producing minutes later (and a few more grey hairs for my beard) and the water began to taper off.  Finally just drips but the damage had been done - an enormous hole in our ceiling, the stereo destroyed, plaster everywhere.  One minor miracle: for some reason I had taken our precious Charlie Parker autograph out of the club to be reframed last week, otherwise it certainly would have been destroyed.  Also, thank God, the Steinway was untouched.  However, a lot of the art work got soaked and there was considerable damage.  It was now 4pm and we had two fully sold out shows ahead of us on a Saturday night during the busiest week of the year.  Panic set in.

Of course, the landlord and his staff were on holiday and no one was returning our calls.  But finally, I called a good friend of mine who is a plumber and miraculously he got to the club a half-hour later.  We strong armed the store front door upstairs and broke in.  He quickly managed to cap the pipes and we tentatively started cleaning.  We bailed water and started sweeping.  It was 5:30 pm.  If we could get the water running for the plumbing then we had a chance to actually open regardless of the damage.  "Let's just get this place cleaned and see where we're at", said I hopefully,  and so we began to bail water,  wipe and towel off the entire club.  By 6:00 my staff began to arrive.  Soon everyone was hard at work cleaning and getting the club ready.  By 7 pm even though we had a huge gaping hole in the ceiling and no stereo, we were ready to go.  Then, with just 20 minutes left before opening time, another geyser!  We all stood in disbelief.  The water just started pouring in again, a second deluge!  "WTF!", I cried out and Mitch and I looked at each other in shock.  He quickly ran back and killed the water main a second time.  The water stopped and our whole crew jumped back into action, once again bailing, mopping, wiping.  It turned out a second pipe had just burst at that moment.

Finally the landlord's crew showed up and started working on the pipes.  They promised us restored water in about one hour.  I said, "ok, let's go for this", and urged my disciplined staff to start prepping the club.  A long line of reservations were already waiting in the freezing night for entrance.  My manager, JC, went out there to talk to the crowd urging them patience and folks were hopeful and good natured.  By 8 pm, even though we had no running water, we started to let our crowd in.

By 8:30 pm, Mezzrow was packed.  Harry Allen and his group were swinging hard and no one had any idea about what had been taking place in that room about 3 hours earlier.  The club ran at full capacity all night and by 10 pm the water was restored.  Exhausted but amazed I could only stand back and marvel at was truly a New Year's miracle - a disaster scene transformed back into a celebration of swing.  I could only feel that we had a special blessing here - some kind of protection from above that just wouldn't let the music be extinguished, not even for one night.  I looked into the eyes of my dearest and oldest friend, Mitch Borden, his eyes twinkling again with mirth and amusement.  "You see", he said with a laugh, "nothing can stop this music!"

My most grateful blessings to all of our friends and family and my most fervent wishes for a wonderful 2018.  Happy New Year to everyone and we WILL see you at the clubs.

Regards,

Spike
 

Monday - 1/1
Peter Bernstein with
Spike Wilner & Neal Miner

 Doors @ 7:30 PM
Seatings at 8 and 9:30 PM

Pasquale Grasso "After-hours" @ 11 PM

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Tuesday - 1/2
Melissa Aldana w.Spike Wilner
& Paul Gill

 Doors @ 7:30 PM
Seatings at 8 and 9:30 PM

Mezzrow "Polite Jam Session" @ 11 PM

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Wednesday - 1/3
Maucha Adnet with
Helio Alves & Chuck Redd


Always a special event when the wonderful Brazilian vocalist Maucha Adnet sings. Joining her is Helio Alves on piano and Chuch Redd on Vibraphone. 

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Seatings at 
8 & 9:30 PM
Pete Malinverni "After-hours" @ 11 PM

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Thursday - 1/4
Ron Blake & Marc Cary

Tonight the dymanic tenor saxophonsit Ron Blake makes his return to Mezzrow. He is joined by pianist Marc Cary for an evening of jazz duo.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Seatings at 
8 & 9:30 PM
Spike Wilner "After-hours" w/ special guests @ 11 PM

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Friday & Saturday - 1/5-6
Roger Kellaway with
Jay Leonhart & Roni Ben-Hur

 
Doors @ 7:30 PM
Seatings at 8 PM & 9:30 PM
1/5 - Ben Paterson "After-hours" @ 11 PM
1/6 - Jon Davis "After-hours" @ 11 PM


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Sunday - 1/7
Tad Shull with
Rob Schneiderman & Paul Gill


Tenor saxophonist Tad Shull has a deep sound and big jazz feeling in the tradition of Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins. He is joined by pianist Rob Schneiderman & bassist Paul Gill for an evening of jazz trio.  

Doors at 7:30 PM
Seatings at 8 PM & 9:30 PM
John Merrill "After-hours" 11 PM


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Monday - 1/1
Ari Hoenig Trio

 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Ari Hoenig - Drums, Tivon Pennicott - Tenor Sax, Johannes Weidenmeuller - Bass
 
Monday - 1/1
Adi Meyerson Group &
After-hours Jam Session

 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM until close
     with Adi Meyerson - Bass, Mike King - Piano, Joel Frahm - Tenor Sax
Tuesday - 1/2
Steve Nelson Quartet
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

with Steve Nelson - Vibraphone, Rick Germanson - Piano, Kiyoshi Kitagawa - Bass, Charles Goold - Drums
Tuesday - 1/2
Abraham Burton Quartet &
After-hours Jam Session

 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM until close
     with Abraham Burton - Tenor Sax, 
Wednesday - 1/3
Pat Bianchi Trio
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Pat Bianchi - Organ, Paul Bollenback - Guitar, Sanah Kadoura - Drums
Wednesday - 1/3
Itai Kriss & TELAVANA
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Itai Kriss - Flute, Wayne Tucker - Trumpet, Cesar Orozco - Piano, Tamir Shmerling - Bass, Dan Aran - Drums, Samuel Torres - Percussion
Thursday - 1/4
Oleg Butman & Natalia Smirnova Quartet
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Oleg Butman - Drums, Natalia Smirnova - Piano, Corcoran Holt - Bass, Mark Gross - Alto Sax
Thursday - 1/4
Sam Dillon Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Sam Dillon - Tenor Sax, Billy Test - Piano, Yoshi Waki - Bass, Billy Drummond - Drums
Friday & Saturday - 1/5-6
John Marshall Quintet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
with John Marshall - Trumpet, Chris Byars - Tenor Sax, Pasquale Grasso - Guitar, Daria Chernakova - Bass, Steve Little - Drums
Friday & Saturday - 1/5-6
The SmallsLIVE Collective

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
$20 for this show
with Jeremy Pelt - Trumpet, Abraham Burton - Tenor Sax, Spike Wilner - Piano, Dezron Douglas - Bass, Willie Jones III - Drums
Sunday - 1/7
Vocal Masterclass
with Marion Cowings

from 1 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 - 1/7
Deborah Davis & A Few Good Men

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
with Deborah Davis - Vocalist, Ben Rosenblum - Piano, Corcoran Holt - Bass, Ben Zweig - Drums
Sunday - 1/7
Ralph Lalama & "Bop-Juice"

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
with Ralph Lalama - Tenor Sax, Alec Safy - Bass, Clifford Barbaro - Drums
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