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November 23rd, 2015
Dear Friends:

It's been awhile but I accepted a brunch gig today.  Although it was painful getting my butt out of bed after a very late Saturday night, I was certainly glad to get the chance to play with my old friend Clovis Nicholas, who invited me.  Clovis has managed the amazing feat of keep the same restaurant gig for 10 years in a row.  He plays Sunday "Jazz Brunch" at Langon's on 47th street in mid-town.  "Jazz Brunch" used to be a fixture of the New York City scene - Sunday afternoon gigs playing for a restaurant full of bloody-mary drinking and eggs benedict eating patrons.  It's been awhile since I played any kind of local gig and a "service-style" gig (meaning not a performance but more of a background thing).  For years I had earned my living in this way, often playing six or seven nights a week in restaurants and bars.  Years of this kind of work developed me in ways that makes me wonder if young musicians today can even have these experiences that shaped me as an artist.  That is to say, the challenge of playing music in a noisy room full of indifferent (and sometimes hostile) patrons.  Trying to mesh with the atmosphere.  Trying to accommodate insipid or idiotic requests.  Smiling while being patronized and yet still providing a nice musical background for the room.  Gigs like these also helped me to develop the skill of being able to play ANY piano, or worse, keyboard, provided for me.  I have memories of the most atrocious instruments you can imagine - not just being out of tune but literally non-functioning - and yet you're expected to play 3 to 4 or more hours.  It ends up becoming a real endurance test.

The other thing that you develop in this environment is a huge repertoire.  You end up learning hundreds of tunes.  Playing several nights a week of solo piano, you need to have a wide arsenal of showtunes, be-bop heads, bossa novas and nearly anything from Christmas Carols to game show themes and, of course, "Happy Birthday" - got to be able to play that.  I used to play at a club called The Village Corner.  It had big Mason and Hamlin grand with a plexi-glass lid right in the center of this bar.  The gig was solo piano from 9pm to 3AM - six hours long!  The sets generally ran about 45 minutes to one hour each with 15 minute breaks interspersed.  It was a marathon and often grueling.  However, after doing months of these kind of gigs I could play 6 hours at a time and never repeat a tune.  Kenny Barron and Ray Drummond were famous for "no-repeat", which meant they would start their week-long booking at Bradley's and never repeat one song - not a one.  That was a real New York thing to me - to know hundreds of tunes and to be able to transpose any of them to any key at any time.  That was what expected from a New York piano player doing gigs in the trenches.

The gig with Clovis today reminded me of those days.  Langon's is like from another era - a New York long gone.  Like a forgotten city, the rules of the old days still apply here - the "Jazz Brunch" era still exists on 47th street.  The patrons are indifferent.  The piano is terrible but it's just so nice to play standard tunes for three hours with a bass player.  That's the New York jazz scene I grew up on and the one I carry in my heart.  Now - time for a nap!
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Great music this week on both corners of West 10th street.  Mezzrow will be closed on Thanksgiving but Smalls will be open after 10 PM.  I hope to see you at the clubs.

Regards,

Spike
 
NOW: A cover paid at Mezzrow also gets you admission to Smalls.
 

Monday - 11/23
David Hazeltine & John Webber

             Pianist David Hazeltine comes to Mezzrow for his regular Monday night gig with bassist John Webber.

John Merrill & Margi Gianquinto @ 7:30 PM
David Hazeltine sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

Sacha Perry "after-hours" @ 12 AM

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Tuesday - 11/24
Vocalist Bob Dorough & Steve Berger

The legendary Bob Dorough returns to Mezzrow for another evening of song.  With him is the wonderful Steve Berger on guitar.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Bob Dorough sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Mezzrow "Polite Jam Session" @ 10:30 PM


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Wednesday - 11/25
Ken Peplowski & Rossano Sportiello

Clarinetist Ken Peplowski is a true virtuoso - truly one of the greatest clarinetists playing today.  
His music is joyful and swinging.  With him is the virtuoso pianist Rossano Sportiello.  Come out to share an evening with him at  Mezzrow.


Lafayette Harris ( no cover ) @ 7:30 PM
Ken Peplowski sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM
Sarah Slonim "After-hours" @ 12 AM


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Thursday - 11/26
Closed For Thanksgiving!

We will be closed tonight for Thanksgiving.
 Please come back tomorrow!

 

Friday & Saturday - 11/27-28
Kenny Werner & Scott Colley

Pianist Kenny Werner is a modern day master.  A fluid and modern concept with an original approach and true jazz feeling.  With him is the veteran bassist Scott Colley.

11/27 - Ehud Asherie ( no cover ) @ 7:30 PM
11/28 - Spike Wilner  ( no cover ) @ 7:30 PM
Kenny Werner sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM
11/27 - Johnny O'Neal "After-hours" @ 12 AM
11/28 - Jeremy Manasia "After-hours" @ 12 AM


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Sunday - 11/29
 Ed Laub & Roni Ben-Hur

The joyfully swinging (and singing) Ed Laub is joined by Roni Ben-Hur for a set of guitar duets!

 Laub & Ben-Hur Sets @ 7:30 PM

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Sunday - 11/29
Ben Van Gelder & Sullivan Fortner

Saxophonist Ben Van Gelder has an original modern concept.  He'll be playing duets with the fantastic pianist Sullivan Fortner.

Ben Van Gelder sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

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Mezzrow proudly endorses Steinway pianos

THIS WEEK AT SMALLS
(a selection of featured shows)

For our full schedule please go to www.smallslive.com

Monday - 11/23
The Rale Micic Quartet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
   with Rale Micic - Guitar, Luis Perdomo - Piano, Corcoran Holt - Bass, McClenty Hunter - Drums
Monday - 11/23
The Ari Hoenig Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

     with Ari Hoenig - Drums, Dave Kikoski - Piano,
Tivon Pennicott - Tenor Sax, Orlando Le Fleming - Bass

 
Tuesday - 11/24
The Josh Evans Quartet
 Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM

     with Josh Evans - Trumpet, Abraham Burton - Tenor Sax, Eric McPherson - Drums, David Bryant - Piano
Wednesday - 11/25
The Cory Cox Group
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

     with Cory Cox - Drums, Zach Brown - Bass
Wednesday - 11/25
The Craig Wuepper Quartet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
     with Craig Wuepper - Drums, David Schnitter - Tenor Sax, Paul Odeh - Piano, Tyler Mitchell - Bass
Thursday - 11/26
The Troy Roberts Quartet
 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

     with Troy Roberts - Tenor Sax, John Stetch - Piano, Joseph Lepore - Bass, Jimmy MacBride - Drums
Friday - 11/27
The Sebastian Chames Quintet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
     with Sebastian Chames - Piano, Jeremy Pelt - Trumpet, Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax, Javier Moreno - Bass, Lamy Istrefi Jr. - Drums
Saturday - 11/28
The Chris Byars Group
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
     with Christ Byars - Tenor Sax, John Mosca - Trombone, Stefano Doglioni - Clarinet, Pasquale Grasso - Guitar, Ari Roland - Bass, Stefan Schatz - Drums
Friday, Saturday - 11/27-28
The George Burton Quintet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

$20 for this show
     with Geroge Burton - Piano, Tim Warfield - Tenor Sax, Jason Palmer - Trumpet, Pablo Menares - Bass, Wayne Smith Jr. - Drums
Sunday - 11/29
George Gee Swing Orchestra

Sets at 4:30 PM & 6 PM
with George Gee - Leader, Ed Pazant - Alto Sax, Hilary Gardner - Vocalist, John Dokes - Vocalist, Mike Hashim - Alto Sax, Paul Nedzela - Baritone Sax, David Gibson - Trombone, Mike Sailor - Trumpet, Willard Dyson - Drums, Marcus McLaurine - Bass, Steve Einerson - Piano
Sunday - 11/29
The Johnny O'Neal Trio

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Johnny O'Neal - Piano, Luke Sellick - Bass, Charles Goold - Drums
Sunday - 11/29
The Ned Goold Quartet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
     with Ned Goold - Tenor Sax, Andrew Renfroe - Guitar, Reid Taylor - Bass, Charles Goold - Drums

SMALLS JAZZ CLUB REGULAR SHOWS

Monday - 11/23, 1 AM to close
After-hours with Jonathan Barber

 

Tuesday - 11/24, 12:30 AM to close 
The Spike Wilner Trio


 

Tuesday - 11/24, 12:30 AM to close 
After-hours with Kyle Poole & Friends


Wednesday - 11/25, 1:30 AM to close 
After-hours Jam Session with Sanah Kadoura

 

Thursday - 11/26, 1:30 AM to close 
After-hours Jam Session

 

Friday - 11/27, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Afternoon Jam Session with Ai Murakami Trio

 

Friday - 11/27, 1:15 AM
After-hours with The Lawrence Leathers Trio

 

Saturday - 11/28, 1:30 AM to close
Afternoon Jam Session with Jonathan Thomas Trio

 

Saturday - 11/28, 1:30 AM to close
After-hours with Brooklyn Circle

Sunday - 11/29, 1 PM to 3 PM
Marion Cowings Vocal Masterclass

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