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Smalls/Mezzrow Newsletter - December 12th, 2016
Dear Friends:

The spirit of this music was certainly manifest last week at the clubs.  The return of pianist Donald Brown to New York was of historical importance.  Donald, an Art Blakey alumni and longtime collaborator with Kenny Garrett was a staple at Bradley's.  He's one of the warmest individuals that you'll meet and his playing is the same - warm, big tone and a repertoire of originals that are already jazz classics.  Bassist Dezron Douglas invited Donald to come play and he was a natural in Mezzrow's music room.  Along with Willie Jones III on drums this was a high class act.  The senior cats came out in tribute.  Peter Washington, Kenny Washington, Rodney Kendrick, Danny Grissett, Mike LeDonne, Todd Barkan, Jon Davis, Anthony Wonsey, Peter Bernstein, Billy Drummond, Jonny King, Helen Sung just to name a few (those that I left off, please forgive me) were all in attendance.  The vibe was electric and super cool - just the way I remembered it as a kid when I'd sit in the corner of Bradley's sipping my coke, fly on the wall-style.  This was the pure jazz-love manifest, many hugs and laughs, many handshakes and toasts and hanging late into the night.  At Smalls was the great Eric McPherson (one of my very oldest friends) celebrating his birthday with his great quartet featuring the great Abe Burton (also one of my oldest friends), the great David Bryant on piano and... the great Dezron Douglas, who in the tradition of this music, played both the show with Donald at Mezzrow and then ran off to hit at Smalls with Eric,  Double duty with two of the best bands playing in New York at two packed clubs right across the street from each other.  Man, that's the New York I live for and it's all still right here, right now.

I wish for everyone to breath deeply and remember that love is still the best mindset.  Offset negativity like it's heroin - it kills the soul.  Optimism may not be realistic but it gives life a chance.

Peace!

Spike

 
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Monday - 12/12
Greg Murphy & Belden Bullock

Two veteran jazz warriors come in for a night of jazz duets.  Join pianist Greg Murphy and bassist Belden Bullock in our music room.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Greg Murphy sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
"After-hours" Ari Roland + Sacha Perry with Very Special Guests @ 11 PM

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Tuesday - 12/13
Mike Lipskin & Dan Levinson

Stride-pianist Mike Lipskin is the last living student of Willie "The Lion" Smith.  He has a comprehensive knowledge of Tin Pan Alley and Stride piano.  He'll be joined by the wonderful Dan Levinson on clarinet.

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

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Wednesday - 12/14
Mark Elf & Gerald Cannon

Guitarist Mark Elf is a longtime veteran of the New York jazz scene and a true swinging be-bopper.  Join him for an evening of jazz duo with bassist Gerald Cannon.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Mark Elf sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Tony Hewitt & Friends "After-hours" @ 11 PM


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Thursday - 12/15
Ben Allison with Michael Wolff

Bassist Ben Allison has invited the amazing Michael Wolff for an evening of jazz duet.  Please join these two engaging improvisors for an evening of jazz music.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Ben Allison sets @
8 PM & 9:30 PM
Spike Wilner "After-hours" with special guests @ 11 PM


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Friday, Saturday - 12/16-17
Buster Williams with Renee Rosnes

Master bassist Buster Williams is a legend and he's invited with him the great Renee Rosnes for a weekend of jazz duets.  Don't miss!

 Doors @ 7:30 PM
Buster Williams sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM


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12/16 -  Ben Paterson "After-hours" @ 11 PM
12/17 - John Davis "After-hours" @ 11 PM

 

Sunday - 12/18
 Mezzrow Classical Salon
with David Oei


  David Oei - Piano, Laura Metcalf - Cello, Eriko Sato - Violin, Adrienne Kim - Piano, Tatjana Rankovich - Piano

Doors @ 4:30 PM
Concert from 5 PM to 7 PM with one intermission


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Sunday - 12/18
 Vocalist JD Walter

  Vocalist JD Walter is a dynamic singer and improvisor.  He'll be bringing in special guests for an evening of jazz singing.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
JD Walter sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
John Merrill & Friends "After-hours" @ 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 - 12/12
The Noam Wiesenberg Quintet
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

 with Noam Wiesenberg – Bass, Philip Dizack – Trumpet, Melissa Aldana – Tenor Sax, Shai Maestro – Piano, Daniel Dor – Drums
Monday - 12/12
Ari Hoenig with Chris Potter
 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
 
with Ari Hoenig – Drums, Chris Potter – Tenor Sax
Tuesday - 12/13
The Spike Wilner Trio
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

  with Spike Wilner – Piano, Tyler Mitchell – Bass, Anthony Pinciotti – Drums
Tuesday - 12/13
The Steve Nelson Quintet
 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
 
 with Steve Nelson – Vibraphone, Rick Germanson - Piano, Charles Goold - Drums, Adi Meyerson - Bass, Angela Roberts - Vocalist
Wednesday & Thursday - 12/14-15
 The Melissa Aldana Quintet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

with Melissa Aldana – Tenor Sax, Glenn Zaleski – Piano, Pablo Menares – Bass, Kendrick Scott – Drums
Wednesday - 12/14
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Ryan Keberle – Trombone, Shayna Steele – Vocalist, Scott Robinson – Tenor Sax, Jorge Roeder – Bass, Henry Cole - Drums
Thursday - 12/15
The Richie Vitale Quintet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Richie Vitale – Trumpet, Frank Basile – Baritone Sax, Lou Rainone – Piano, Dave Baron – Bass, Clifford Barbaro – Drums
Friday - 12/16
The Lamy Istrefi Jr. Trio
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
     with Lamy Istrefi Jr. – Drums,  George Garzone – Tenor Sax, Diallo House – Bass
Saturday - 12/17
The Sean Smith Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
with Sean Smith – Bass, Jeremy Powell – Tenor Sax, Nate Radley – Guitar, Russ Meissner – Drums
Friday & Saturday - 12/16-17
The Pete Malinverni Group

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
$20 for this show
    with Pete Malinverni - Piano
Sunday - 12/18
The Marion Cowings Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

     with Marion Cowings - Vocalist, John Chin - Piano, Ari Roland - Bass
 
Sunday - 12/18
The Bruce Harris Quintet
     Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
 with Bruce Harris - Trumpet, Grant Stewart- Tenor ,Jeb Patton- Piano, Clovis Nicolas- Bass, Pete Van Nostrand- Drums
 

SMALLS JAZZ CLUB REGULAR SHOWS

Monday - 12/12, 1 AM to close

Tuesday - 12/13, 1 AM to close 
After-hours with Jovan Alexandre


Wednesday - 12/14, 1 AM to close
After-hours Jam Session with Aaron Seeber

 

Thursday - 12/15, 1 AM to close 
After-hours Jam Session with Sarah Slonim

 

Friday - 12/16, 1 AM to close
After-hours Jam Session with Joe Farnsworth

 

Saturday - 12/17, 4 PM to 7 PM
Afternoon Jam Session with Robert Edwards

 

Saturday - 12/17, 1 AM to close
After-hours with Brooklyn Circle

 

Sunday - 12/18,  1 PM to 3 PM
Vocal Workshop with Marion Cowings

 

Sunday - 12/18,  4:30 PM to 7 PM
The Ai Murakami Trio feat. Sacha Perry


Sunday - 12/18,  1 AM to close
After-hours with HIllel Salem

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