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SmallsLIVE Newsletter & Schedule

August 5th, 2013

Dear Friends:

I've mentioned before that the environment for the local Jazz scene in New York has gotten smaller and more difficult.  One thing I should point out, however, is that the younger generation of musicians that are coming up now are stronger than I've ever seen.  Maybe "as the going get's tough, the tough get going" applies here but even though it's a tough world for the young Jazz musician, there's some extraordinary talent out there.  These young musicians are not only dedicated to the art form but are defining it by demonstrating real individuality in their playing styles.  There is real originality happening here.  In a sense maybe the current environment is a good thing because it operates as a filter.  Only the most driven, the most talented can make it.

I was reviewing the schedule from last week and wanted to mention some names of young artists that I feel are currently having impact and worth keeping your ears on.  My apologies to the many that I may have left off this list, it's not a slight - I'm just trying to illustrate a point:  Spencer MurphyLucas Pino, Glen Zaleski, Colin Stranahan, Kyle Poole, Alex Claffy, Theo Hill, Josh Evans, Kush Abady, Tivon Penicott,  Mike Bond, Sam Raderman, Nial Djuliarso, Pasquale Grasso, Alex Hoffman, Keith Balla, Emmet Cohen, Russell Hall, Evan Sherman, Ken Fowser, Charles Goold, Paul Sikivie, Roxy Coss, Behn Gilece, Melissa Aldana, Victor Goold - these are all very serious musicians in their 20's hanging hard at Smalls night after night, sitting in, writing and playing great music.  Our scene is a strong one and growing.  The vitality of New York and the Jazz tradition here is still very much alive and, regardless of the economics of the city and the general banality of our perverse, corporate driven society, there are still true dedicated artists.  Let's be aware of that.
 
Smalls Musician Revenue Share Project Update:

I want to mention that on Friday a long-standing supporter of Smalls Jazz Club who wishes to remain anonymous gave our campaign $10,000.00.  He directly deposited the funds into the Smalls account so it's not up on our Indiegogo page (yet).  We are extremely touched by his generosity and by the faith and confidence he has in our project and in Smalls.  This gift will insure that we will DEFINITELY build the system and upgrade the recording/video equipment.  With about 30 days to go we are at 50% of our goal.  In my opinion, we've hit our goal many times.  Also, we got an AMAZING article in the New York Daily News which I've included below.  

If you want more information on our campaign, please click www.smallslive.com If you can spread the word or make a contribution we do appreciate it.
 
This Week At Smalls

Monday - we start our week with an amazing double header.  At 7:30 PM we have the great Paul Bollenback coming in for a duet concert with Sheryl Bailey.  At 10 PM we are psyched to bring back the ever colorful Gerry Gibbs and his all-star sextet which features Mark Feldman, Steve Wilson, Robin Eubanks, Benito Gonzalez and Essiet Essiet.  It's sure to be a great night of music so come early and stay late.

Tuesday - I'll be there for the first show with my drumless trio which features Yotam Silberstein on guitar and Paul Gill on bass.  At 10PM is the amazing Smalls Legacy Band with Frank Lacy, Josh Evans, Stacy Dillard, Theo Hill, Rashaan Carter & Kush Abadey.  After-hours it's the "Next Generation" jam session hosted by Kyle Poole.

Wednesday & Thursday - I'm really happy to have one of my oldest friends leading a group, drummer Eric McPherson and his quartet called "Cause & Effect" which features the profound Abe Burton on tenor, David Bryant on piano & Rashaan Carter on bass.  This is a real working band and they are tight!  For our "Round Midnight" concert on Wednesday we have tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss and her quintet which showcases Alex Wintz on guitar, Emmet Cohen on piano, Dave Baron on bass and Kevin McDonald on drums.  Roxy's has a beautiful sound and writes some really nice tunes.  Please come and support her.  On Thursday is Emmet Cohen and his trio with Russell Hall & Evan Sherman.

Friday & Saturday -  This weekend we showcase one of the true virtuosos of the trombone, Michael Dease and his quintet with the great Myron Walden on alto and the rhythm section of Yasushi Nakamura, Glen Zaleski & EJ Strickland.  Our 7:30 show on Friday features a true master, Joel Press with his excellent quartet including Spike Wilner (me), Lee Hudson & Fukushi Tainaka.  Saturday at 7:30 PM is another master saxophonist Frank Perowsky and his quartet with the great Uri Caine on piano, Danton Boller on bass and Eric McPherson on drums.  Should be overall a fantastic weekend.

Sunday -  is "family" night at Smalls and as always starts with Marion Cowings and his vocal workshop.  At 4:30 PM for the Smalls Showcase is pianist Leslie Pintchik and her quartet.  At 7:30 PM is the lovely Lezlie Harrison.  At 10:00 PM the legendary Johnny O'Neal.  At "round midnight" we have the dynamic and fantastic Bruce Harris with his quintet featuring Andy Farber, Jeb Patton, David Wong & Pete Van Nostrand. 
 
As always I thank you for your support of this music and our club.  I hope to see you at Smalls in person and urge you to do good deeds and be compassionate to all living things!

Best Regards,
Spike Wilner

Mon. 8/5

 The Paul Bollenback Duo


7:30 PM to 9:45 PM

Paul Bollenback - Guitar
Sheryl Bailey - Guitar
Wed. 8/7

"Round Midnight" with:
The Roxy Coss Quintet


Midnight to close

Roxy Coss - Tenor Sax
Alex Wintz - Guitar
Emmet Cohen - Piano
Dave Baron - Bass
Kevin McDonald - Drums

 
Fri. 8/9

The Joel Press Quintet

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM


Joel Press - Tenor Sax
Spike Wilner - Piano
Lee Hudson - Bass
Fukushi Tainaka - Drums
Mon. 8/5

 The Gerry Gibbs Sextet


10:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Mark Feldman - Violin
Steve Wilson - Alto Sax
Robin Eubanks - Trombone
Benito Gonzalez - Piano
Essiet Essiet - Bass
Gerry Gibbs - Drums

 
Wed & Thurs
8/7 & 8/8

Eric McPherson's Cause and Effect

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM


Abraham Burton - T. Sax
David Bryant - Piano
Rashaan Carter - Bass

Eric McPherson - Drums
Sat. 8/10

 The Frank Perowsky Quartet

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM


Frank Perowsky - T. Sax
Uri Caine - Piano
Danton Boller - Bass
Eric McPherson - Drums

 
Sun. 8/11

The Smalls Showcase Presents:
 Leslie Pintchik


4:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Leslie Pintchik - Piano
Scott Hardy - Bass
Michael Sarin - Drums
Satoshi Takeishi - Perc.
Tues. 8/6

The Smalls Legacy Band

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Josh Evans - Trumpet
Stacy Dillard - T. Sax
Frank Lacy - Trombone
Theo Hill - Piano
Rashaan Carter - Bass
Kush Abadey - Drums

 
Thurs. 8/8

"Round Midnight" with:
The Emmet Cohen Trio


Midnight to close


Emmet Cohen - Piano
Russell Hall - Bass
Evan Sherman - Drums
Fri & Sat
8/9 & 10


The Michael Dease Quintet

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM
 
Michael Dease - Trombone
Myron Walden - Alto Sax
Glenn Zaleski - Piano
Yasushi Nakamura - Bass
E.J. Strickland - Drums
OUR REGULAR WEEKLYS SHOWS:

Mon, "Afterhours" -
Spencer Murphy Jam

Tues, 7:30 PM to 9:45 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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OUR SCHEDULE THIS WEEK:

Monday, August 5th

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - The Paul Bollenback Duo
Paul Bollenback - Guitar , Sheryl Bailey - Guitar

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM - The Gerry Gibbs Group
Mark Feldman - Violin , Steve Wilson - Alto Sax , Robin Eubanks - Trombone , Benito Gonzalez - Piano , Essiet Essiet - Bass , Gerry Gibbs - Drums ,

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


Tuesday, August 6th

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM - Spike Wilner Trio
Spike Wilner - Piano , Yotam Silberstein - Guitar , Paul Gill - Bass

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM (two sets) - The Smalls Legacy Band
Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax , Josh Evans - Trumpet , Theo Hill - Piano , Rashaan Carter - Bass , Frank Lacy - Trombone , Kush Abadey - Drums

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


Wednesday, August 7th

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

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM - Cause and Effect Eric McPherson Group featuring:
Eric McPherson - Drums , Abraham Burton - Tenor Sax , David Bryant - Piano , Rashaan Carter - Bass

"Round Midnight" to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Roxy Coss Group
Roxy Coss - Tenor Sax , Emmet Cohen - Piano , Dave Baron - Bass , Kevin McDonald - Drums


Thursday, August 8th

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 12:00 AM - Cause and Effect Eric McPherson Group featuring:
Eric McPherson - Drums , Abraham Burton - Tenor Sax , David Bryant - Piano , Rashaan Carter - Bass

Midnight to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Emmet Cohen Trio
Emmet Cohen - Piano , Russell Hall - Bass , Evan Sherman - Drums


Friday, August 9th

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM($10 cover/musicians free) - Happy Hour Jam Session with: Pasquale Grasso
Pasquale Grasso - Guitar ,

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The Joel Press Quartet
Joel Press - Tenor Sax , Spike Wilner - Piano , Lee Hudson - Bass , Fukushi Tainaka - Drums

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - The Michael Dease Quintet
Michael Dease - Trombone , Myron Walden - Alto Sax , Glenn Zaleski - Piano , Yasushi Nakamura - Bass , E.J. Strickland - Drums

1:30 AM to close - Afterhours with: Ehud Asherie
Ehud Asherie - Piano ,


Saturday, August 10th

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

7:30 to 10:00 PM - The Frank Perowsky Quartet
Frank Perowsky - Tenor Sax , Uri Caine - Piano , Danton Boller - Bass , Eric McPherson - Drums

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - The Michael Dease Quintet
Michael Dease - Trombone , Myron Walden - Alto Sax , Glenn Zaleski - Piano , Yasushi Nakamura - Bass , E.J. Strickland - Drums

1:15 AM to close - Afterhours with: Stacy Dillard
Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax ,


Sunday, August 11th

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 - The Smalls Showcase Presents: Leslie Pintchik
Leslie Pintchik - Piano , Scott Hardy - Bass , Michael Sarin - Drums , Satoshi Takeishi - Percussion

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - Sunday Evening Duets with: Vocalist Lezlie Harrison
Lezlie Harrison - Vocalist ,

10:00 PM to 11:30 PM - The Legendary Johnny O'Neal
Johnny O'Neal - Piano ,

11:30 PM to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Bruce Harris Quintet
Bruce Harris - Trumpet , Andy Farber - Tenor Sax , Jeb Patton - Piano , David Wong - Bass , Peter Van Nostrand - Drums

 
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