August 18th, 2014

Dear Friends:

I want to thank everyone for the amazing response I got to last week's newsletter in regards to the insipid attacks on jazz in the Washington Post as well as the piece aimed at Sonny Rollins in the New Yorker.  There was quite a few letters sent to the editors and a lot of backlash in the social media.  It's encouraging  and sends a strong message.  We will not tolerate blatant and unnecessary lashing out at historic artists who's reputations don't need to be tarnished at this stage.  Both the New Yorker and The Washington Post lamely reiterated that the articles were "satire", although neither were funny or clear that they were satire.  There was a video response from Sonny himself on Youtube and quite a few rebuttals published in journals - even in other countries.  This music has a passionate following.  We must remember that jazz and art are extremely important and must not be devalued.  In this time of conflict world-wide and confrontation in this country we need to value the things of quality that we have and what they represent - creativity, peaceful abidance and communication.  Jazz is a music of quality and intellect.  It is a music of the Human Spirit and cannot be tarnished.

As always, I invite you to come by our club and enjoy the great music that we present this week.  I look forward to meeting you and hearing from you.  Peace to you and please strive to do good deeds.


(a selection of featured shows)

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Monday - 8/18
Peter Bernstein
"Solo Guitar" 

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM
Start your week with an intimate musical experience - a solo performance by the extraordinary Peter Bernstein on guitar. His natural tone, intensity, and inventiveness make his solo performances truly special.  
Monday - 8/18
The Gerry Gibbs

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

The "Thrasher" Big Band is loud, in your face, and full of brass featuring an all-star cast of superb musicians. There are too many names to mention in this tiny box, so catch this big band in action Monday night. 
Tuesday - 8/19
The Smalls Legacy Band
Feat. Frank Lacy

The Smalls Legacy Band has got that swing . Featuring Frank Lacy on trombone, Josh Evans on trumpet, Stacy Dillard on tenor sax, Theo Hill on piano, Ameen Saleem on bass, and Kush Abadey on drums - come out to experience this band.
Wednesday - 8/20
The Harold Mabern Trio
Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM
It is a real treat to witness the legend, Harold Mabern, play some tunes on the piano. Tonight he is joined by the talented Essiet Essiet on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums. 
Wednesday - 8/20
"Round Midnight" with:
Adam Cote

Set at 12:30 AM 

Stick around for our "Round Midnight" set featuring a young bassist with some serious talent, Adam Cote. He is joined by a talented group with Dayna Stephens on tenor sax, Dan Cray on piano, and Jason Brown on drums. 
Thursday - 8/21
Taylor Eigsti Trio

Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM

Taylor Eigsti is an electrifying pianist with some serious chops. Watch him swing with the skillful Harish Raghavan on bass and Eric Harland on drums.
Thursday - 8/21
"Round Midnight" With :
The Nick Hempton Band

Set at 12:30 AM

Nick Hempton is an inventive composer and talented saxophone player. Catch his band - Barak Mori on bass, Dan Aran on drums, and Tadataka Unno on piano - perform an enjoyable blend of both originals and classics 
Friday & Saturday - 8/22 & 8/23
Ralph Peterson Fo'Tet Augmented

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
$20 for this show.

The Fo'Tet Augmented's sound is as unique as its name. Led by Ralph Peterson, a legendary drummer with some serious swing, their sets are a musical journey.  Fo'Tet Augmented features the skilled Steve Wilson on alto sax, Felix Peikli on clarinet, Joseph Doubleday on vibraphone, and Alex Toth on bass. 
Saturday - 8/23
Todd Herbert Quartet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

Todd Herbert is a dynamic, energetic performer with a reserved tone on the tenor saxophone. His quartet is filled with talent, featuring Anthony Wonsey on piano, Mike Karn on bass, and Mark Taylor on drums. 
Saturday - 8/23
Eric Wyatt Quartet
Feat. Hanka Gregusova

Set at 1:30 AM

Eric Wyatt is a veteran saxophone player hailing from Brooklyn, NY whose playing is full of exploration and emotion. His quartet swings hard, showcasing the skillful Benito Gonzalez on piano, Essiet Essiet on bass, and Shinnousuke Takahashi on drums. Tonight the quartet is joined by a special guest with a beautiful voice, Hanka Gregusova. 
Sunday - 8/24
Sunday Evening Duets With :
Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

You know how it feels when your friend "just understands you?" That's what it is like to watch Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub play together. They combine instrumental and vocal arrangements with an emphasis on the Great American Songbook as well as material from some of the classic 1930's guitar duos.
Bring a friend.  
Sunday - 8/24
"Round Midnight" With :
Sam Raderman Quartet
Set at 12:30 AM

Sam Raderman is a young dude with some serious talent. Catch his "Round Midnight" set -with a quartet featuring Andrew Klein on bass, Luc Decker on drums, and Nial Djuliarso on piano - and savor the last moments before the start of a new week. 

Mon, "Afterhours" with :
Spencer Murphy 

Tues, 7:30PM to 10PM -
The Spike Wilner Trio

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

Wed, 6PM to 9PM -
Michela Lerman Tap Dance Jam
Thur, 6PM to 9PM

The "Early Bird" with :
The Alex Hoffman Group

Fri, 4PM to 7PM -
Friday Afternoon Open Jam Session

Fri, 1 AM -
Afterhours With : The Anthony Wonsey Trio

Sat, 4:30 PM to 7PM -
Saturday Afternoon With Joel Press Quartet

Sun, 1PM to 3PM
Marion Cowings Vocal Masterclass
($40 to participate)

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


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