October 27th, 2014
Autographs of Charlie Parker, Teddy Wilson and Charlie Ventura

Dear Friends:
At Mezzrow earlier this week a young man approached me.  He said he had something to show me and that I might be interested in buying it from him.  "What is it?", I asked suspiciously.  "It has something to do with Charlie Parker", said he.  My eyebrows raised - he had my attention.  "In what sense?", I asked.  "Well, a photograph - he's not in it but he signed it.  An autograph."  I have to admit that I was very interested at that point and asked him to show me immediately.  What he had was a souvenir card with a photo in it from The Royal Roost.  The Royal Roost was a fried chicken joint on 47th st and 7th avenue that began hosting modern jazz as their regular programming.  It soon became a vortex point for the burgeoning be-bop scene.  Miles Davis did his first "Birth of the Cool" at The Royal Roost.  The other main denizen was, of course, Charlie Parker, who played there for years and many radio broadcasts exist from "the Roost".  I looked at the photo and there was two young couples - one being his grandparents on a double date with another young couple.  Seated with them, with a michevious look on her face, was Dinah Washington.  On the back of the photo was the price of the souvenir, $1.50, which was pretty expensive for 1949.  Anyway, these young people (now his deceased grandparents) were jazz fans and had some of the musicians in the house sign the card - this included Charlie Parker, Teddy Wilson and Charlie Ventura.  I asked the guy what he wanted for the autograph and he mentioned what I thought was a very fair price considering it's historical value.  So, I wrote him a check and the autograph now belongs to Mezzrow.  When you come in you can see it framed right near the entrance - Bird signs it; "Regards, Charlie Parker" - and I felt like he was speaking to us - from back in time to this future time - from the Royal Roost to Mezzrow in a transmission from past to future where the spirit of this music is unchanged.  Regards!  Hello, Bird - great to see you there and welcome to our club!

We've got some amazing shows coming up at both of our clubs - Smalls and Mezzrow.  Please come by and visit us - walking back and forth between the two clubs is easy and fun.

My best wishes to you and your loved ones.


6:30 PM Solo Piano Every Night.
12:30 late shows on Fri & Sat.
$10 admission AT THE BAR at all times
Monday - 10/27
The Legendary Johnny O'Neal
Sets @ 8:30PM & 10:30 PM

Johnny O'Neal is a beloved figure on the jazz scene - come find out why!  The soulfulest singer/pianist around.


Tuesday - 10/28
Jeremy Manasia & Clovis Nicolas
Sets @ 8:30 PM and 10:00 PM

Jeremy Manasia is a stalwart of the jazz scene.  A hard swinging and tasteful improvisor and accompanist.

Wednesday  - 10/29
Jeb Patton & Mike Karn
Sets @ 8:30 PM & 10:30 PM

Jeb Patton is known for his work with The Heath Brothers.  He has ample technique and a thorough knowledge of the tradition.

Thursday  - 10/30
Aaron Goldberg & Matt Penman
Sets @ 8:30 PM & 10:30 PM

Aaron Goldberg is one of the most sought-after sidemen currently on the scene working with the likes of Josh Redman among many others.  He is a modern thinking improvisor with a great feel.

Friday 10/31
Mezzrow will be closed on Halloween - please come back tomorrow!
Saturday - 11/1
Sullivan Fortner & Tivon Pennicott Duo

Sunday  - 11/2
Sullivan Fortner & Aidan Carroll Duo
Sets @ 8:30 PM & 10:30 PM

Sullivan Fortner is a true original - a lightning quick mind full of wonderful musical ideas.  Don't miss the chance to hear this young master.



(a selection of featured shows)

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Monday - 10/27
John Raymond Quartet Feat. Billy Hart

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM
w. Rick Rosato- bass & Dan Tepfer- Piano

John Raymond is a modern thinking player with a interesting book of original music.  With him is the great drum master Billy Hart.
Monday - 10/27
The Ari Hoenig Quartet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
w. Gilad Hekselman- Guitar, Orlando Le Fleming -Bass, Shai Maestro - Piano

Ari Hoenig is a crowd favorite and long time Smalls inhabitant.  Come by and enjoy this fascinating quarter of creative improvisors.
Tuesday to Thursday - 10/28 to 10/30
Peter Bernstein Quartet

Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM 
w. Sam Yahel-piano, Omer Avital-bass, Billy Drummond - drums

We are lucky to have on of  the most popular and preeminent guitarists of this generation for a three night run at Smalls.
Wednesday - 10/29
"Round Midnight" With:
Mike Bond Quartet

Midnight to close
w. Lawrence Leathers-drums, Paul Sikivie-bass, Joe  Magnarelli-Trumpet

Mike Bond is a young player with strong roots in the tradition.  He's asked veteran Joe Magnarelli to join him for this quartet outing.
Thursday - 10/30
"Round Midnight" With:
The Carlos Abadie Quintet

Midnight to close
w.  Peter Zak-piano, Luca Santaniello-drums, Clovis Nicolas-bass

Carlos Abadie is a hardworking and dedicated soul.  He loves this music and this band.  Please take the time to come out and hear this fine hard-bop quintet.
Smalls will be closed on Halloween.  Please come back tomorrow!
 Saturday - 11/1
New York Standards Quartet
sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
w. Tim Armacost-Tenor Sax, Michael Janisch-Bass, Gene Jackson-Drums

David Berkman is one of the finest jazz pianists on the scene. This group, "New York Standards" features a lineup of real veterans who can really play.
Saturday - 11/1
John Fedchock Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
$20 for this show
w. Allen Farnham-Piano, Phil Palombi-Bass, Eric Halvorson-Drums

John Fedchock is a master of the trombone and an amazing arranger and bandleader.  Don't miss this appearance.
Sunday - 11/2
Chris Flory Trio

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
w. Joe Cohn-Guitar, Lee Hudson-Bass

Chris Flory is a lyrical master of the guitar with a huge repertoire of the classic American Song.  With another guitar master and his close friend Joe Cohn, this show is not to be missed.
Sunday - 11/2

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
w. Dan Blankinship-trumpet, Stephan Moutot -tenor sax., Brian Marsella- piano, Reid Taylor-bass, Charles Goold-drums

One of my favorite groups - eclectic and original, The Flail presents original music that is sure to please.


Monday - 10/27
1 AM to close
Afterhours with : John Chin

Tuesday - 10/28
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Spike Wilner Trio

Tuesday - 10/28
12:30 AM to close 
The Next Generation Sessions with Kyle Poole

Wednesday - 10/29
6 PM to 9 PM
Tap dance Jam! With Michela Lerman

Thursday - 10/30
6 PM to 9 PM
The "Early Bird" sessions with :
The Sacha Perry Quintet

Saturday - 11/1
4:30 PM to 7 PM
Saturday Afternoon Open Jam Session

Sunday - 11/2
1 PM to 3 PM
Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings 
$20 entry, $40 to participate

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