June 8th, 2015
Dear Friends:

An exciting week ahead at Mezzrow and at Smalls.  This week at Mezzrow I have an entire week of legendary musicians starting with Geoffrey Keezer who is coming in on Monday with the wonderful trumpetist Ingrid Jensen and on Tuesday with vocalist Gillian Margot.  You don't hear Geoffrey very often in this intimate kind of setting and you should try to make it down if you can to hear him.  On Wednesday and Thursday we feature the pianist Sullivan Fortner who's been making waves in jazz circles with his highly personal style.  He'll be playing duet with a very "special guest" who's name I am not allowed to publish due to contractual constraints, so I leave it to you to infer whom.  Needless to say it's going to be amazing and well worth coming out for.   On the weekend is an amazing booking - Richie Beirach and David Leibman performing duets.  I can't think of the last time this has happened in New York and it's surely going to be a rare experience in Mezzrow's intimate music room.  Make some reservations for this one.

I wanted to mention that I had a really nice gig this afternoon with bassist Steve LaSpina and guitarist Ron Afif.  We played at Cafe Loup (on 13th street near 6th ave).  Steve has been holding down this Sunday jazz brunch gig for years having inherited it from Bob Kindred.  Cafe Loup is a hidden treasure - some of the last "real" New York spot for real New Yorkers.  So much of the vibe there is what I always remember about the sophisticated bar scene of New York and what I wanted to create at Mezzrow.  Mahogany bar, eclectic artwork and photography on the walls and a real New York cliental - interesting and sophisticated people who enjoy jazz.  If you're looking for a great jazz brunch don't overlook this hidden garden of real jazz feeling and great food.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the clubs.



NOW: A cover paid at Mezzrow also gets you admission to Smalls.
Mezzrow proudly endorses Steinway pianos

Monday & Tuesday - 6/8-9
Geoffrey Keezer Duo
6/8 Trumpetist Ingred Jensen,
6/9 Vocalist Gillian Margot

Geoffrey Keezer is a jazz legend.  Having established himself at an early age and played with the likes of Art Blakey, Benny Golson, Josh Redman and many others, he has a stunning technique on the piano and a modern, driving jazz feeling.  Geoff comes into Mezzrow for the first time for three nights, each in duet with a different artist.  Joined by the wonderful Ingred Jensen on trumpet on Monday & the lovely vocalist Gillian Margot on Tuesday

Mon. Guitarist John Merrill, Tue. Pianist Lafayette Harris @ 7:30 PM
Geoffrey Keezer sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM
Tue. Miki Yamanaka @ 12:00 AM 

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Wednesday, Thursday - 6/10-11
Sullivan Fortner & "Special Guest"

Sullivan Fortner is a wonderfully original improvisor.  Recognized widely by his peers his is constantly touring and concertizing.  Sullivan is considered one of the most creative voices of his generation.  Joinging Sullivan will be a very "special guest" invited to perform for the two nights.

Wed & Thur. solo Piano @ 7:30 PM
Sullivan Fortner @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

Wed. Sarah Slonin, Thur. Jon Davis @ 12 AM

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Friday & Saturday- 6/12-13
David Liebman & Richie Beirach

Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach have carved out a place in jazz history through their collaborations in several distinct settings: duo, the iconic fusion group of the ‘70s, “Lookout Farm” followed in the ‘80s with the critically acclaimed quartet “Quest.” Their musical telepathy is documented on several dozen recordings and years of performing together. Beginning with their mutual apprenticeships (most notably Lieb with Elvin Jones/ Miles Davis; Richie with Stan Getz/Chet Baker) along with their leadership of the musician’s collective “Free Life Communication” in the early ‘70s that grew out of the New York City loft scene, their history is part of jazz folklore. Their influence as teachers, authors, composers and performers is acknowledged worldwide. This is especially heard in the harmonic realm where they developed a way of playing that reflected developments in 20th century classical composition alongside a unique approach towards playing the jazz standard repertoire. Most of all, their music, as sophisticated as it may be, is always heartfelt and passionate.

FRI - Ehud Asherie Solo Piano @ 7:30 PM
SAT - Spike Wilner & Guest 
 @ 7:30 PM
Liebman & Beirach @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM
FRI -Johnny O'Neal @ 12 AM
SAT - Jeremy Manasia @ 12 AM

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Sunday- 6/14
Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub

Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub are a natural duet - beautiful swing feeling and tradition wrapped with humor, romance and joy.  This is a feel good set of music!  Don't miss them in our intimate Music Room setting.

Set runs 7:30 PM to 9 PM

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Sunday- 6/14
Jonathan Kreisberg & Glenn Zaleski

Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg is a modernist with a strong jazz feeling and original approach to improvisation.  With him is the dynamic young pianist Glenn Zaleski.

Duo sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

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(a selection of featured shows)

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Monday - 6/8
OAM Trio

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
  w. Aaron Goldberg - Piano, Omer Avital - Bass,
Marc Miralta - Drums

Aaron Goldberg, Omer Avital and Marc Miralta reunite for their OAM Trio.
Monday - 6/8
Ari Hoenig Nonet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

   w. Darren Barrett - Trumpet, Will Vinson - Alto Sax, Adam Larson - Tenor Sax, Eden Bareket - Baritone Sax, Tim Gallagher - French Horn, Ryan Keberle - Trombone, Shai Maestro - Piano, Noam Wiesenberg - Bass,
Ari Hoenig - Drums

The debut of Ari Hoenig's 9 piece group.
Tuesday - 6/9
Marquis Hill Quintet
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

w. Marquis Hill - Trumpet, Christopher McBride - Tenor Sax, Justin Thomas - Vibraphone, Joshua Ramos - Bass, MaKaya Mccraven - Drums

Winner of the Thelonious Monk Competition, Maquis Hill is a lyricisit and has a beautiful sound.  Check out this rare appearance of his group at Smalls.
Tuesday - 6/9
Joe Sanders' Infinity
 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 PM

w. John Ellis - Tenor Sax, Eden Ladin - Piano, Joe Sanders - Bass, Rodney Green - Drums

Joe Sanders celebrates his birthday tonight with a concert of his group Infinity.
Wednesday - 6/10
David Berkman Band
"Old Friends and New Friends" CD release

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
 w. Adam Kolker - Tenor Sax, Dayna Stephens - Tenor Sax, Billy Drewes - Alto Sax, Ugonna Okegwo - Bass, David Berkman - Piano, Johnathan Blake - Drums

Pianist David Berkman releases his new CD "Old Friends and New Friends" with this all-star band.
Wednesday - 6/10
Michael Feinberg's
Elvin Jones Project

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
 w.Brian Hogans - Alto Sax, Godwin Louis - Alto Sax, Tivon Pennicott - Tenor Sax, Jean-Michel Pilc - Piano, Michael Feinberg - Bass, Ian Froman - Drums

Michael Feinberg celebrates the music of Elvin Jones with this project that features the work of pianist Jean-Michel Pilc.
Thursday - 6/11
Zhenya Strigalev's

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

  w. Zhenya Strigalev - Alto Sax, Alex Sipiagin - Trumpet, Aaron Parks - Piano, Matt Garrison - Bass, Matt Penman - Bass, Eric Harland - Drums

Zhenya Strigalev brings in the heavy hitters - Aaron Parks, Alex Sipiagin, Matt Penman and Eric Harland.  Going to be good no matter what...
Thursday - 6/11
Willerm Delisfort Project
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

  w. Freddie Hendrix - Trumpet, Stantawn Kendrick - Tenor Sax, Willerm Delisfort - Piano, Dezron Douglas - Bass, Bryan Carter - Drums

Willerm Delisfort is a wonderful pianist with a deep groove and feeling.  He brings in all-star trumpetist Freddie Hendrix.
Friday - 6/12
Renaud Penant Trio
"I want to be happy" CD Release

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show
 w. Renaud Penant - Drums, Steve Ash - Piano,
Chris Haney - Bass

Drummer Renaud Penant brings in his Happy Trio and they will indeed make you feel happy!
Friday, Saturday - 6/12-13
Ralph Bowen Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

$20 for this show
 w.  Ralph Bowen - Tenor Sax, Jim Ridl - Piano, Kenny Davis - Bass, Donald Edwards - Drums

Texor sax virtuoso Ralph Bowen returns to Smalls for the weekend with a great band of heavy hitters.
Saturday - 6/13
Chris Byars Septet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show
 w. Chris Byars - Tenor Sax, James Byars - French Horn, John Mosca - Trombone, Stefano Doglioni - Clarinet, Pasquale Grasso - Guitar, Ari Roland - Bass,
Keith Balla - Drums

The excellent tenor saxophonist and arranger Chris Byars returns to Smalls with his septet of swinging musicians.
Sunday - 6/14
Johnny O' Neal Trio
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
w. Johnny O'Neal - Piano, Luke Sellick - Bass,
Charles Goold - Drums

Johnny O'Neal returns to Smalls after his hiatus to bring in his hard swinging trio.
Sunday - 6/14
Bruce Harris Band

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
w. Bruce Harris - Trumpet, Frank Basile - Baritone Sax, Michael Weiss - Piano, Clovis Nicolas - Bass, Joe Farnsworth - Drums

Bruce Harris is a consumate technician and lyrical improvisor.  With this excellent band is the legendary Joe Farnsworth on drums.



Monday - 6/8, 1 AM to close
Afterhours with Jonathan Barber


Tuesday - 6/9, 12:30 AM to close 
The Next Generation Sessions with Alexander Claffy

Wednesday - 6/10, 1:30 AM to close 
Afterhours Jam Session with Sanah Kadoura


Thursday - 6/11, 1:30 AM to close 
Afterhours Jam Session


Friday - 6/12, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Afternoon open jam session with Corey Wallace DUBtet


Friday - 6/12, 1:15 AM
Friday Afterhours with Lawrence Leathers


Saturday - 6/13, 4 PM to 7 PM
Saturday Afternoon Open Jam Session
With : Tuomo Uusitalo Trio

Saturday - 6/13, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with Stacy Dillard

Sunday - 6/14, 1 PM to 6 PM
Marcus Mommas Jazz Workshop

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