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Smalls/Mezzrow Newsletter - August 1st, 2016
Dear Friends:

Jazz club owners get a bad rap historically.  The classic stereotyped club owner is the gangster-type tough guy who exploits the musicians and workers for the benefit of his criminal friends.  Then there's the club-owner-as-hero character of Rick from Casablanca (my favorite movie) - tough as nails but a hero and champion of the underdog.  I just read a wonderful essay by writer Whitney Balliett called "Barney, Bradley and Max" which is a biographical expose of three famous club owners - Barney Josephson (Cafe Society), Max Gordon (The Village Vanguard) and Bradley Cunningham (Bradley's).  I would have also added Art D'Lugoff (The Village Gate) to this list.  Reading about these men gives me great inspiration.  They all shared many characteristics - all of them tough as nails, yes, but also all of them compassionate and giving to a point of masochism.

These New York City club owners (and all in Greenwich Village) were genuinely concerned with art and culture and saw their establishments as instruments of change to better society.  Barney Josephson, who opened Cafe Society in Sheridan Square, had the first club in the Village with a purposely integrated cliental.  He also discovered many great names in jazz and gave them their first appearances.  This included Billy Holiday and Sarah Vaughn.  He later opened the The Cookery on University Place and made a home for Mary Lou Williams and took care of her for the rest of her life.  Max Gordon and The Village Vanguard is historic but he also had another club, The Blue Angel, which became the place where Woody Allen got his start.  Max too had deep and personal relationships with the jazz artists.  They trusted him and considered him to be a friend, not just an employer.  The Vanguard, like Cafe Society, Bradley's and The Village Gate became a home for the jazz community and for poets and writers - for the freaks and the fringe.

Bradley Cunningham (my personal hero) was a tough ex-marine who started working "behind the stick", as they used to call bar tending, at the famous Chumley's.  Later he went on to start the Corner Bistro and then The 55 Bar before finally opening Bradley's on University Place.  Bradley's was a home to all the musicians - it was like Bradley's personal living room where he threw a party night after night.   Bradley's wasn't a success overnight, it took some time.  To quote Bradley himself; "I used to stand out on the sidewalk and say to myself, 'there are eight million people in this city and, please, all I need it forty of them..."  I laughed out loud when I read that - man, how many times I've said that very same thing, standing out in front of Mezzow - PLEASE COME INSIDE.

New York and Greenwich Village is still a special place.  The spirit of Bradley, Max, Art and Barney still lives - there's still nice spots to congregate and hear live music and be part of the family of artists.  Smalls and Mezzrow are proudly part of that tradition - we're not corporation, not cookie cutters but just a little hive for the many bees that need to fly home and taste some of that jazz honey.  Come on back to the nest - come home for an evening.

Regards,

Spike


 
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Monday - 8/1
Jim Ridl & Lorin Cohen

Pianist Jim Ridl is a favorite as a sideman and for good reason - strong and beautiful playing with a great feel.  Hear him as a duo with the fine bassist Lorin Cohen.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
John Merrill & Margi Gianquinto set @ 8 PM
Jim Ridl sets @ 9 PM & 10:30 PM

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Tuesday - 8/2
Roseanna Vitro with
Mark Soskin & Dean Johnson

Vocalist Roseanna Vitro makes her Mezzrow debut tonight with the excellent duo of pianist Mark Soskin and bassist Dean Johnson.

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


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Wednesday - 8/3
Yves Brouqui with
Spike Wilner & Paul Gill

Guitarist Yves Brouqui makes a rare New York appearance.  He plays with a lovely swining lyricism and wonderful feel.  With him is pianist Spike Wilner and bassist Paul Gill.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Yves Brouqui sets @
8 PM & 9:30 PM
 Mezzrow "polite Jam Session" @ 10:30 PM


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Thursday - 8/4
Jamie Reynolds & Gary Wang

Pianist Jamie Reynolds is a modernist with a fleet touch and great jazz feeling.  With him is the consumate bassist Gary Wang for an evening of duets.


Jamie Reynolds sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Spike Wilner After-hours set @ 11 PM

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Friday, Saturday - 8/5-6
Ken Peplowski with
Ehud Asherie & Martin Wind


Clarinettist Ken Peplowski is one of the best in the world.  A joyful and swining improvisor that will leave you
feeling great.  With him is pianist Ehud Asherie and bassist Martin Wind.

8/5 - Sacha Perry ( no cover ) @ 8 PM
8/6 - Spike Wilner ( No cover ) @ 8 PM

Ken Peplowski sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM
8/5 - Johnny O'Neal after-hours @ 12 AM
8/6 - Anthony Wonsey after-hours @ 12 AM


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Sunday - 8/7
Amos Hoffman & Gilad Hekselman

Veteran guitarist Amos Hoffman is known for his soulful and forceful playing.  He's invited guitarist Gilad Hekselman to join him for a night of duets.
 

Amos Hoffman sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

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THIS WEEK AT SMALLS
(a selection of featured shows)

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

Monday - 8/1
The 
Randy Johnston 3
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

     with Randy Johnston - Guitar, Fukushi Tainaka - Drums, Jonah Kane-West - Organ
Monday - 8/1
The Helen Sung Group
 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

     with Helen Sung - Piano, John Ellis - Soprano Sax,  Ingrid Jensen - Trumpet, Rueben Rogers - Bass, Kendrick  Scott -  Drums, Samuel Torres - Percussion, Carolyn Leonhart , Christie Dashiell , Jean Baylor - Vocalists 
Tuesday - 8/2
The Spike Wilner Trio
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

     with Spike Wilner - Piano, Tyler Mitchell - Bass, Anthony Pinciotti - Drums
Tuesday - 8/2
The Josh Evans Group
 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

     with Josh Evans - Trumpet, Bryan Davis, David Neves, Dan Blankinship - Trumpet, Mike Lee - Tenor Sax, Theo Hill - Piano, Kush Abadey - Drums, Frank Lacy, Stafford HunterCorey Wilcox - Trombone, Bruce Williams - Alto Sax, Yunie Mpjica - Alto Sax, Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax
Wednesday - 8/3
The Alex LoRe Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

     with Alex LoRe - Alto Sax, Glenn Zaleski - Piano, Desmond White - bass, Colin Stranahan - Drums
Wednesday - 8/3
The Swing Machine
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

     with Brandon Sanders - Drums, David Wong - Bass, David Hazeltine - Piano, Grant Stewart - Tenor Sax
Thursday - 8/4
The Tim Hegarty Quintet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
    with Tim Hegarty - Tenor Sax, Charlie Sigler - Guitar, Jeb Patton - Piano,
Vince Dupont - Bass,  Winard Harper - Drums
Thursday - 8/4
The Ken Fowser Quintet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

$20 for this show
    with Ken Fowser - Tenor Sax, Josh Bruneau - Trumpet, Rick Germanson - Piano, Paul Gill - Bass, Jason Tiemann - Drums
Friday - 8/5
The Jerome Barde Quintet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
     with Jerome Barde- Guitar, Grant Stewart - Tenor Sax, Spike Wilner = Piano, Paul Gill - Bass,
Joe Strasser - Drums
Saturday - 8/6
The Juini Booth Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
     with Juini Booth - Bass, Josh Evans - Trumpet, Benito Gonzalez - Piano, Kush Abadey - Drums
Friday & Saturday - 8/5-6
The Joe Farnsworth Quartet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
$20 for this show
    with Joe Farnsworth - Drums, Alexander Claffy - bass, Harold Mabern - Piano, Abraham Burton - Tenor Sax
Sunday - 8/7
The Johnny O'Neal Trio

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Johnny O'Neal - Piano, Luke Sellick - Bass, Charles Goold - Drums
Sunday - 8/7
The Tad Shull Quartet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
     with Tad Shull - Tenor Sax, Steve Ash - Piano, Neal Miner - Bass, Joe Strasser - Drums

SMALLS JAZZ CLUB REGULAR SHOWS

Monday - 8/1, 1 AM to close
After-hours with Jonathan Barber

 

Tuesday - 8/2, 1 AM to close 
After-hours with Kyle Poole


Wednesday - 8/3, 1 AM to close
After-hours Jam Session with
 Aaron Seeber

 

Thursday - 8/4, 1 AM to close 
After-hours Jam Session with Tyler Clibbon

 

Friday - 8/5, 4 PM - 7 PM
Andrew Forman - Afternoon Jam Session

 

Friday - 8/5, 1 AM to close
After-hours with Corey Wallace DUBtet

 

Saturday - 8/6, 4 PM to 7 PM
Afternoon Jam Session with Jonathan Thomas

 

Saturday - 8/6, 1 AM to close
After-hours with Philip Harper

 

Sunday - 8/7,  1 PM to 3 PM
Vocal Workshop with Marion Cowings

 

Sunday - 8/7,  4:30 PM to 7 PM
Ai Murakami Trio Feat. Sacha Perry


Sunday - 8/7,  1 AM to close
After-hours with Hillel Salem


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