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Smalls/Mezzrow Newsletter - January 16th, 2017
Dear Friends:

Happy New Year to all.  We went into our new year with record breaking crowds at both clubs.  Even now, as the holiday season is finally over, we are still seeing remarkable crowds.  People have been so patient and happy - eager to sit and listen to a set of jazz music, to let that good New York vibe wash all over them.

I had the opportunity to return to Beijing, China last week.  I love China and the people there.  I think that country gets a bad rap in our current political environment - but to actually be there you see how warm the people are and how deep the culture is.  There's also a hardcore jazz scene entrenched in Beijing.  I had the happy accident of stumbling into another jazz spot that I hadn't been aware of.  It was deep in the Hutong, the Chinese word for the narrow and winding maze of alleyways and streets in the center of that city.  Coming in from the frigid Beijing winter air, I was greeted by the sounds of "Donna Lee" and some be-bop being played.  Flattering my ego, the musicians recognized me and were happy (and surprised) to see me there.  Everyone knew Smalls and watched our live stream and utilized our archive.  Everything that I had hoped to accomplish with SmallsLIVE was taking place in this most remote bebop base, far from home.  And yet it felt like home - a gin and tonic, cats playing some tunes and the music swinging!  Who would have thought..? 

I'm looking forward to a positive year.  I urge everyone to take a deep breath.  Negativity and cynicism is rampant and it's easy to plumb to the very depths of despair - manipulated by "fake" news and other future uncertainties.  Just remember that as individuals we can have positive impact on our immediate surroundings - our family, our friends.  Spirituality and music are positive things that we can focus on and will enrich us even when times seem darkest.  Accentuate the positive.

My Sincerest Regards,

Spike
 
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This Week - Steve Cardenas on "Willow Weep for Me"
NOW: A cover paid at Mezzrow also gets you admission to Smalls.

Monday - 1/16
Joel Weiskopf & Peter Coco

Pianist Joel Weiskopf is a modern thinking improvisor and a piano virtuoso.  He will be joined by bassist Peter Coco on bass.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Joel Weiskopf sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Pasquale Grasso "After-hours" @ 11 PM

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Tuesday - 1/17
Carolyn Leonhart with Helen Sung
 

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Carolyn Leonhart sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Mezzrow "Polite Jam Session" @ 11 PM


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Wednesday  - 1/18
Ehud Asherie with Rebecca Kilgore

Pianist Ehud Asherie is steeped in the tradition of classic jazz piano but remains his own man - a solid and swinging player.  He's invited the amazingly great vocalist Rebecca Kilgore for an evening of duets.

Ehud Asherie sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Tony Hewitt & Pete Malinverni "After-hours" @ 11 PM


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Thursday - 1/19
Mezzrow will be closed until
10 P.M. for a Private Event







-Spike Wilner "After-hours" @ 10 PM

Friday & Saturday - 1/20-21
Jed Levy with
Dado Moroni & Peter Washington


Saxophone veteran Jed Levy has invited two special guests to join him for a weekend.  The great Dado Moroni on piano and the great Peter Washington.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Jed Levy sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
1/20 - Johnny O'Neal "After-hours" @ 11 PM
1/21 - "After-hours" @ 11 PM


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1/21 - CLICK HERE TO RESERVE  

Sunday - 1/22
Tardo Hammer with
Peter Washington


Pianist Tardo Hammer is a veteran player and a true New York Bebopper.  He has invited the stellar Peter Washington to join him for an evening of duets.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Tardo Hammer sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
John Merrill & Friends "After-hours" @ 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 - 1/16
The Ron McClure Trio

 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Ron McClure – Bass, Michael Eckroth - Piano, Pete Zimmer - Drums
Monday - 1/16
The Ari Hoenig Trio
 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Ari Hoenig – Drums, Chico Pinheiro – Guitar, Eduardo Belo – Bass
Tuesday - 1/17
The Spike Wilner Trio
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

with Spike Wilner - Piano, Tyler Mitchell - Bass, Anthony Pinciotti - Drums
Tuesday - 1/17
SHIFT
 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

     with Logan Richardson – Alto Sax, Matt Stevens – Guitar, Sam Harris – Piano, Matt Brewer – Bass, Justin Brown – Drums
Wednesday & Thursday - 1/18-19
The Matt Brewer Quintet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

with Matt Brewer - Bass, Mark Shim - Tenor Sax, Mike Rodriguez - Trumpet, Ben Monder - Guitar, Craig Weinrib - Drums
Wednesday - 1/18
The Harold Mabern Trio
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Harold Mabern - Piano
Thursday - 1/19
The Nick Hempton Band
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

     with Nick Hempton – Alto Sax, George DeLancey – Bass, Dan Aran – Drums
Friday - 1/20
The Tardo Hammer Trio
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
with Tardo Hammer – Piano, Lee Hudson – Bass, Steve Williams – Drums
Saturday - 1/21
The Steve Williams Quartet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show
with Steve Williams – Drums, Anthony Nelson – Tenor Sax, Essiet Essiet – Bass, James Weidman – Piano
Friday & Saturday - 1/20-21
The Jay Collins Band
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

$20 for this show
    with Jay Collins – Tenor Sax/Vocals, Scott Sharrard – Guitar, Kyle Koehler – Organ, Diego Voglino – Drums
Sunday - 1/22
The Johnny O'Neal Trio

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
with Johnny O’Neal – Piano, Ben Rubens – Bass, Itay Morchi – Drums
Sunday - 1/22
The Jerry Weldon Group

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
     with Jerry Weldon - Tenor Sax

SMALLS JAZZ CLUB REGULAR SHOWS

Monday - 1/16, 1 AM to close
After-hours Jam Session with Jonathan Michel

 

Tuesday - 1/17, 1 AM to close 
After-hours Jam Session with Jon Beshay


Wednesday - 1/18, 1 AM to close
After-hours Jam Session with Aaron Seeber

 

Thursday - 1/19, 1 AM to close 

After-hours Jam Session with Joel Ross

 

Friday - 1/20, 1 AM to close
After-Hours Jam Session with Joe Farnsworth

 

Saturday - 1/21, 4 PM to 7 PM
Tuomo Uusitalo - Afternoon Jam Session

 

Saturday - 1/21, 1 AM to close
Brooklyn Circle

 

Sunday - 1/22,  1 PM to 3 PM
Vocal Workshop with Marion Cowings

 

Sunday - 1/22,  4:30 PM to 7 PM
Ai Murakami Trio Feat. Sacha Perry


Sunday - 1/22,  1 AM to close
After-hours with Hillel Salem


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