SmallsLIVE Newsletter & Schedule

March 17th, 2014

Greeting My Friends:

Now it's beginning to feel like spring - just a bit more.  It's been a great week at Smalls, though - I noticed a vitality in the crowd this week.  Each night was so good - all of the bands all week just kicking ass.  Late night hangs were also healthy (debauchery in moderation is a good thing...)  We even had a bona-fide celebrity visit from a extremely famous actor, who came in with a group of friends and relaxed to the Jeremy Manasia trio at 2:30 AM on Friday.  Nobody said a word to him - we just let him feel like a normal human-being listening to jazz at Smalls.  Also, I promised him that I wouldn't say anything but (sorry Joel) I thought it important to mention that Friday was saxophonist Joel Press' 84th birthday!  Joel is a blessing to this club and a vital presence.  His playing is as lovely and accessible as he is.  He also has a lifetime of experience, stories and wisdom that he's always glad to share. He'll be in this week on Saturday night with his quartet - come by and say hello.  

I look forward to seeing everyone at the club - have a great week and remember to think compassionately.


This Week At Smalls:
(a selection of featured shows)
For our full schedule please go to
Monday - 3/17 @ 7:30PM to 10PM
Glen Zaleski Solo PIano
Glen is a dynamic and original young improvisor who has been getting more and more popular on the scene, achieving critical acclaim and the respect of his peers.  Glen will be doing two sets of solo piano. Stay afterwards for Ari Hoenig and his group at 10:15.
Tuesday - 3/18 @ 10:30 PM to 1:00 AM
The Smalls Legacy Band
This powerful group is co-led by trombone legend Frank Lacy and the amazing young talent, trumpetist Josh Evans.  Add Stacy Dillard and Theo Hill as well as a powerful rhythm section, a book of originals and post-bop classics.  If you haven't heard them please come out.  Also stick around afterward for Kyle Poole and after-hours jam session.
Wednesday - 3/19 @ 9:30 PM to 12AM
The Harold Mabern Trio

One of the true greats of Jazz piano.  Harold's music is exuberant, life-affirming and flat out grooving.  Don't miss this chance to hear Mr. Mabern on our new Steinway with his killing trio.
Wednesday - 3/19 "Round Midnight"
"SwanBean Quintet"
Please stay for our "Round Midnight" concert this week featuring a co-led quintet vocalist Mavis "SWAN" Poole and drummer Jeremy "Bean" Clemons.  Mavis' has an unusually rich voice and lovely, heart-felt phrasing.  "Bean" is a master of taste and groove on the drums.  
Thursday - 3/20 @ 9:30 PM to 12AM
The Gregg August Group

Bassist Gregg August comes back to Smalls with his excellent lineup that features saxophonists Yosvanny Terry and Sam Newsome as well as the wonderful Ben Waltzer on piano and the dynamic drummer E.J Strickland.  Gregg has a great book of original music and an excellent vibe.
Friday - 3/21 @ 7:30 PM to 10PM
The Hal Galper Trio

A rare appearance at Smalls by the legendary Hal Galper and his trio.  Hal is an intuitive master and this trio is magnetically kinetic.
Saturday 3/21 @ 7:30 PM to 10PM
The Joel Press Quartet

Don't miss the chance to hear the luxurious and patient phrasing of this jazz master.   With Joel is the extra-sensitive pianist and fantastic accompanist Mike Kanan
Fri & Sat 3/20 & 21 @ 10:30  to 1AM
The Tim Green Quartet

Baltimore native Tim Green makes his appearance at Smalls this weekend.  Tim always bring heart-felt music to the bandstand with like-minded band mates.  If you haven't heard Tim drop by this weekend and check him out.
Sunday, 3/22 @ 7:30 PM to 10PM
Vocalist Milton Suggs

In my opinion the finest young male jazz vocalist on the scene.  Milton has a real jazz feeling and style.  Following Milton at 10PM is the great Johnny O'Neal and his trio.
Sunday, 3/22  "Round Midnight"
The Flail

This is a tight-knit group of jazz personalities that create what is a truly original and eclectic sound.  Fundamentally swinging but also with tongue in cheek humor and really fun.  This is a great band.  Come hang late and then stay for the jam session.

Mon, "Afterhours" -
Spencer Murphy Jam

Tues, 7:30 PM to 10 PM -
Spike Wilner Trio

Tues, "Afterhours" -
Kyle Poole "Next Generation" Jam

Wed, 6:00PM to 9:00 PM -
Michela Lerman Tap Jam
Thur, 6:00PM to 9:00PM

The "Early Bird" with:

Fri, 4PM to 7PM -
OPEN Afternoon Jam

Sat, 4PM to 7PM -
OPEN Afternoon Jam 

Sun, 1PM to 3:000 PM
Marion Cowings Vocal Masterclass ($40 to participate)

Sun, 10PM to 11:30 PM  - 
The Legendary Johnny O'Neal



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