My, the time flies by. I sometimes need to catch myself and just remember how poignant each moment is - it's so easy to get swept away in minutiae. Each evening passes as if it's a dream and then the week is over and then - time to crank out the newsletter! There are times when I just stand at the top of the stairs and survey Smalls in full swing - musicians playing, packed with folks, good vibes, friends greeting each other and just can't believe it. It's an amazing environment that I hope all of you get to experience at some point.
This week we start out with our hometown hero Peter Bernstein. He'll be doing a solo guitar set on Monday opening for Ari Hoenig's group. Pete's a terrific solo player if you haven't had the chance to hear him yet. Look for his solo guitar album to be coming out on SmallsLIVE.
On Tuesday is our regular "Legacy" band - its a small, big band - three horns and three rhythm section and features the force-of-nature Frank Lacy on trombone. These guys have a weekly residence but don't take it for granted. Come out and check them.
This Wednesday and Thursday is the amazing Dayna Stephens and his quintet for a two night slot. Featuring Billy Buss on trumpet, Eden Ladin on piano, Joe Sanders on bass and Darrell Green on drums. It's sure to be an intriguing and exciting show. On Wednesday night we will be broadcasting the show for free on our site - click 'live video" on our site, the paywall will be down. Also, this week we debut our Tumblr Interview Blog which features an interview with Dayna. Following Dayna's show on Wednesday is the wonderful Simona Premazzi and her quartet. Simona is a stellar pianist and will be coming in with the equally amazing Melissa Aldana on tenor, Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Shinnouske Takahashi on drums for our "Round Midnight" concert.
Friday and Saturday night we are excited to present the great Ken Peplowski and his quartet. Ken is simply one of the best clarinetists alive today and you should not miss this show. He'll be in with the dynamic pianist Ehud Asherie, Martin Wind on bass and Matt Wilson on drums. Also on Friday evening, opening for Ken is the bassist Jon Burr and his "Grappelli Project" - this includes Jonathan Russell on violin, Bria Skonberg on trumpet and the fantastic Howard Alden on guitar. Makes for a great double header.
This Sunday at 7:30 we are always delighted to have the master Bucky Pizzarelli come in with his counterpart Ed Laub for a lively guitar duet. Bucky and Ed are always wonderful and a lot of fun.
As always, I hope to see you in person at the club!
My sincere wish for your well being!
Mon. March 11th
7:30 PM to 9:15 PM
Peter Bernstein - Guitar
The Smalls Legacy Little Big Band
Tues, March 12th
9:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Josh Evans - Trumpet Stacy Dillard - Tnr Sax. Frank Lacy - Trombone
Theo Hill- Piano
Rashaan Carter- Bass
Kush Abadey - Drums
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OUR SCHEDULE THIS WEEK:
Monday, March 11
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - A set of solo guitar with: Peter Bernstein Peter Bernstein- Guitar , 9:30 PM to 12:00 AM (two sets) - The Ari Hoenig Group Gilad Hekselman- Guitar , Orlando Le Fleming- Bass , Ari Hoenig- Drums , Midnight to Close - "Round Midnight" with: Spencer Murphy Spencer Murphy- Bass ,
Tuesday, March 12
7:15 PM to 9:15 PM (no cover) - Solo Piano Happy Hour with: Spike Wilner Spike Wilner- Piano 9:30 PM to 12:00 AM (two sets) - The Smalls Legacy Little Big Band Josh Evans- Trumpet , Theo Hill- Piano , Frank Lacy- Trombone Midnight to close - The Next Generation Sessions hosted by Kyle Poole and Friends Kyle Poole- Drums ,
Wednesday March 13
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (no cover) - Tap Dance Jam! Hosted by Michela Lerman Michela Marino Lerman- Tap Dancer , 9:30 PM to 12:00 AM (two sets) - The Dayna Stephens Group Dayna Stephens- Tenor Sax , Charles Altura- Guitar , Eden Ladin- Piano , Ben Street- Bass , Darrell Green- Drums Midnight to close - "Round Midnight" ($10 cover) with: Simona Premazzi Yasushi Nakamura- Bass , Shinnousuke Takahashi- Drums , Melissa Aldana- Tenor Sax , Simona Premazzi- Piano ,
Thursday March 14
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (no cover charge) - Afternoon Open Jam Session hosted by Jon Roche Jon Roche- Bass , 7:30 PM to 9:15 PM - The Michael Hashim Duo Mike Hashim- Alto Sax , 9:30 PM to 12:00 AM (two sets) - The Dayna Stephens Group Dayna Stephens- Tenor Sax , Charles Altura- Guitar , Eden Ladin- Piano , Ben Street- Bass , Darrell Green- Drums Midnight to close - "Round Midnight" with The Nick Hempton Band Nick Hempton- Alto Sax , Dan Aran- Drums
Friday March 15
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (No Cover) - Afternoon Open Jam Session with: Sam Raderman and Luc Decker Luc Decker- Drums , Nial Djuliarso- Piano , Sam Raderman- Guitar , 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - Jon Burr "The Grappeli Project" Bria Skonberg- Trumpet , Jonathan Russell- Violin , Howard Alden- Guitar , Jon Burr- Bass , 10:30 PM to 1:00 AM (two sets) - The Ken Peplowski Quartet Ken Peplowski- Clarinet , Ehud Asherie- Piano , Martin Wind- Bass , Matt Wilson- Drums 1:00 AM to close - Afterhours with Lawrence Leathers Lawrence Leathers- Drums ,
Saturday March 16
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM - The "Early Bird" Session hosted by Dwayne Clemons & Sasha Perry Jimmy Wormworth- Drums , Sacha Perry- Piano , Dwayne Clemons- Trumpet , Josh Benko- Alto Sax , Murray Wall- Bass 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM (two sets) - The John DiMartino Trio John DiMartino- Piano , Alvin Atkinson- Drums , Martin Wind- Bass 10:30 PM to 1:00 AM (two sets) - The Ken Peplowski Quartet Ken Peplowski- Clarinet , Ehud Asherie- Piano , Martin Wind- Bass , Matt Wilson- Drums 1:00 AM to Close - Afterhours with: Brooklyn Circle featuring Stacy Dillard Stacy Dillard- Tenor Sax , Diallo House- Bass , Ismail Lawal- Drums
Sunday March 17
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings $20 entry - $40 to participate Marion Cowings- Vocalist 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM - The Afternoon Jam Session with John Merrill (Musicians free, $10 cover) John Merrill- Guitar , 7:30 PM to 9:15 PM - Sunday Evening Duets: Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub Bucky Pizzarelli- Guitar , Ed Laub- Guitar 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM - The Legendary Johnny O'Neal ($20) Johnny O'Neal- Piano , 11:00 PM to 2:00 AM (two sets) - The Yves Brouqui Quartet Yves Brouqui- Guitar , Grant Stewart - Tenor, Spike Wilner - Piano,