I hope everyone is doing well. I wanted to bring to your attention some of the highlights of this weeks schedule.
On Monday Ari Hoenig returns to Smalls after a brief absence. He's coming in with Tigran Hamasyan, who is an astonishing pianist and one that you don't hear too often. If you're around Monday, swing by and check out Ari's trio and then stay late for the afterhours jam session led by Spencer Murphy - that's always a great late night scene on a Monday.
Wednesday and Thursday we have the Israeli tenor saxophonist Eli Degibri returning to Smalls with his quartet. This group features Aaron Goldberg on piano, Rueben Rogers on bass and drummer Obed Calvaire. Eli's music is always poignant and energetic. We also have on Wednesday, following Eli for our "Round Midnight" concert, drummer Ulysses Owens and his group. Ulysses is someone that a lot of folks have been talking about and he's coming in with a stellar quartet featuring Gilad Hekselman on guitar and the amazing Christian Sands on piano. Rueben Rogers will be doing double duty and playing in that group as well.
This weekend features trombonist John Fedchock and his NY Sextet - which is a truly tight and professional unit. The arrangements are fantastic and John always presents an exciting show - perfect for a high-energy weekend. On Friday, opening for John is the wonderful pianist and singer Champian Fulton coming in with a quartet at 7:30. If you've never checked out Champian than you should take the opportunity to. She's always tasty and swinging.
On Sunday night at 9:30 PM we will be featuring tenor saxophonist David Schnitter and his quartet doing a CD release for their new "Live At Smalls" record. David Schnitter is a veteran and the longest standing member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. His music is vital and elegant. Don't miss this opportunity to hear this master.
As always, I wish you the best and hope to see you at the club!
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