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Smalls/Mezzrow Newsletter - May 8th, 2017
Dear Friends:

I'm always amazed at how far reaching our live stream has become.  We did a live broadcast of Brad Mehldau's show at Mezzrow and it hit more that 300,000 feeds on Facebook.  Imagine, a 40 seat club in New York reaching a potential 300,000 people.  I had emails and messages from all over the world thanking us and congratulating us.  It feels like people really need this music - that the live stream has become a part of their daily lives.  It confirms what I always say and feel - jazz is not dead, it's more vibrant and alive than ever.  I love watching the faces of folks as they leave the club after a show - smiling, amazed sometimes even stunned.  "Thanks for coming and good night", I say to them as leave and they look at me with shining eyes.  Sometimes it's easy for me to take it for granted - walking into Smalls and Mezzrow, these hallowed basements.  But for someone coming for the first time - I try to put myself in their mindset, what it could be like to see Smalls for the first time.  I love seeing younger folks coming in for the first time ("dude, this is awesome!") - venturing into a mysterious place, an archaic temple, something they may not understand but intuitively feel that something is different here, something holy.  All of this encourages me in my work to continue to present this music and to give it away as much as possible.  Let everyone have a taste of this special rare, uniquely American and New Yorkish art that can give so much healthy spiritual benefit.  This is for everyone and the vitality of the music attests to that.

As usual we have some exciting events this week at both clubs.  Please be aware of our SmallsLIVE Workshop this coming Sunday afternoon at Mezzrow.  Saxophonist Will Vinson presents his views on the music.   It's open to anyone curious so please drop by if you can.  I wish you all peace in your hearts and healthy wellbeing.  I do hope to say hello to everyone of you in person at one of the clubs.

Regards,

Spike


 
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This Week - Interview with Will Vinson
NOW: A cover paid at Mezzrow also gets you admission to Smalls.

Monday - 5/8
Evan Christopher & Ehud Asherie

New Orleans-based clarinetist Evan Christopher returns to Mezzrow, NYC, the best listening room in the West Village. A duo with gifted stride-piano specialist Ehud Asherie.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Evan Christopher sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Ari Roland "After-hours" @ 11 PM

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Tuesday - 5/9
Carolyn Leonhart & Christian Sands
 

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


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Wednesday - 5/10
Pablo Estigarribia Solo Piano
 

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


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Thursday - 5/11
Steve Slagle with Lawrence Fields

Veteran saxophonist Steve Slagle has a driving quality to his music and great jazz feeling.  He is joined by the talented Lawrence Fields for an evening of duets.

Steve Slagle sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Spike Wilner "After-hours" with special guests @ 11 PM


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Friday & Saturday - 5/12-13
Kenny Werner with Billy Drewes

Pianist Kenny Werner is revered as a great jazz performer and educator.  He is joined by the wonderful saxophonist Billy Drewes for an evening of jazz duets.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Kenny Werner sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
5/12 - Johnny O'Neal  "After-hours" @ 11 PM
5/13 - Jon Davis "After-hours" @ 11 PM


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Sunday  - 5/14
SmallsLIVE Workshop: Will Vinson

Will Vinson is an alto saxophone virtuoso and a forward-thinking creative improviser. Known for his work with Ari Hoenig and Lage Lund (to name a few), he has developed a modern concept that has won him critical acclaim worldwide. 
 
SmallsLIVE Workshop presents Will Vinson in an intimate and interactive setting. This is open to anyone who is interested but particularly for saxophonists and improvising musicians. He will be working interactively with students and taking questions from the audience.


Doors at 3:00 PM
Will Vinson Workshop from 3:30 
PM until 5:30 PM

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Sunday - 5/14
Bill Cunliffe with
Martin Wind & Tim Horner


Pianist Bill Cunliffe is a modern thinking player with a wonderful touch.  He's joined by bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tim Horner.

Bill Cunliffe 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 - 5/8
The Ari Hoenig Trio

 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Ari Hoenig - Drums, Ntai Hershkovits - Piano, Or Bareket - Bass
Monday - 5/8
The Jonathan Barber Trio

After-hours
 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
     with Jonathan Barber - Drums, Taber Gable - Piano, Alex Tremblay - Bass
Tuesday - 5/9
The Frank Lacy Group
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

with Frank Lacy - Trombone, Theo Hill - Piano, Josh Evans - Trompet, Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax, Corcoran Holt - Bass, Mark Whitfield Jr. - Drums
Tuesday - 5/9
The Abraham Burton Quartet
 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

     with Abraham Burton - Tenor Sax, Eric McPherson - Drums, Dezron Douglas - Bass
Wednesday - 5/10
The Patrick Cornelius Quartet
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Patrick Cornelius - Alto Sax, Samora Pinderhughes - Piano, Matt Brewer  - Bass, Clarence Penn - Drums
Wednesday - 5/10
The Dan Aran Quintet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Dan Aran - Drums, Adam Birnbaum - Piano, Matt Clohesy - Bass, Itai Kriss - Flute, Joe Magnarelli - Trumpet
Thursday - 5/11
The Michael Blake Quintet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

     with Michael Blake - Tenor Sax, Gabriel Chakarji - Piano, Michael Bates - Bass, Peck Almond - Trumpet, JK Kim - Drums
Thursday - 5/11
Danny Kolke Quartet
feat. Walter Blanding

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

     with Danny Kolke - Piano, Walter Blanding - Tenor Sax, Christian Fabian - Bass, Jerome Jennings - Drums
Friday - 5/12
The Antonio Ciacca Quintet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
with Antonio Ciacca - Piano, Andy Farber - Tenor Sax,  George Delancey - Bass, Darrell Green - Drums
Saturday - 5/13
The Ned Goold Quartet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show
with Ned Goold - Tenor Sax, Reid Taylor - Bass, Andrew Renfroe - Guitar, Charles Goold - Dru,s
Friday & Saturday - 5/12-13
The David Weiss Sextet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

$20 for this show
    with David Weiss - Trumpet, Myron Walden - Alto Sax, David Bryant - Piano, Luques Curtis - Bass, Mark Whitfield Jr. - Drums
Sunday - 5/14
Tap Dance Show
with Michela Lerman

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Michela Lerman - Tap Dancer, Chris Pattishall - Piano, Gabe Schnider - Guitar, Russell Hall - Bass, Vuyo Sotashe - Vocalist, Kyle Poole - Drums
Sunday - 5/14
The Nick Hempton Band

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
     with Nick Hempton - Alto Sax, Peter Bernstein - Guitar, Kyle Koehler - Organ, Rudy Petschauer - Drums


SMALLS JAZZ CLUB REGULAR SHOWS

Monday - 5/8, 10:30 PM to close
After-hours Jam Session with Jonathan Barber



Wednesday - 5/10, 1 AM to close
After-hours Jam Session with Aaron Seeber

 

Thursday - 5/11, 1 AM to close 

After-hours Jam Session with Jonathan Thomas

 

Friday - 5/12, 1 AM to close
After-Hours Jam Session with Corey Wallace

 

Saturday - 5/13, 4 PM to 7 PM
Afternoon Jam Session with Tuomo Uusitalo

 

Saturday - 5/13, 1 AM to close
Brooklyn Circle

 

Sunday - 5/14,  1 PM to 3 PM
Vocal Workshop with Marion Cowings

 
Sunday - 5/14,  4 PM to 7 PM
The Ai Murakami Trio feat. Sacha Perry


Sunday - 5/14,  1 AM to close
After-hours Jam Session with Hillel Salem


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