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Smalls/Mezzrow Newsletter - February 6th, 2017
Dear Friends:

After completing our recent renovations in the women’s bathroom, Mitch and I stood there for a moment and gazed at our reflection in the mirror.  There we were, veterans, scruffy and grey - many, many, many hangs late into the night under our belts.  A non-stop parade of characters, musicians, sages, elves and trolls, drug addicts and bebopmanic ultraconservatives-  so many come and gone!  But here we were, still here and at it, still trying to make Smalls better and better (our new women’s bathroom now has TWO stalls!)

This week Mitch will be celebrating his 60th birthday which coincides exactly with my 10th year anniversary of being his partner at Smalls.  The time has passed so quickly!  I try to look back through the misty crags of my own failed memory – back to the early daze of Smalls in 1994, when Mitch was a fanatical, wild-eyed guy with a vision and purpose.  Smalls was hewn from the demise of The Village Gate, filling a gap for young musicians to hang without being harassed too much for cover charges or drink minimums.  Classic generations of jazz musicians were generated spontaneously at Smalls, growing rampant like a fungus in a petri dish – variant strains of Bird, Miles and Dizzy mutated into new forms in this fecund hothouse.  Mitch, the fiddler on the roof, danced with merriment as his ferment brewed, finally ending some nine years later.

But like an ember dormant in the ash, a flame can rush up at any time and the rebirth of Smalls took place.  I was reborn from an after-hours jam session host to the role of manager, scheduler and salary-payer.   It was trial by fire but I learned from Mitch’s example to give generously and not to think too much about getting it back.  This seemed to work – an anti- business strategy.  Just work hard and give to the ideal – “the credo”, Mitch always said, our directive to support the tradition of the music and to forever give a home to the cats, regardless of how much a pain-in-the-ass they may be.  Jazz is our own special directive and our goal is to continue and preserve it.  Thus, my 10 years began.

For me, however, I also had my life as a jazz pianist and dedicated musician.  Music for me has been my true religion and one that I practice (in the most musical sense of the word) diligently daily.  I strive for swing and to play the pretty notes.  I strive to render a lovely melody and to play the blues.  The honor and responsibility of operating Smalls Jazz Club gave me the strongest resolve to continue to explore my version of this music.  I began to care less and less of what people might think and then understanding profoundly the joy of going deep into this music – to a place purer than one can imagine.   The sacred garden of the jazz musician, the pure land and it is this purity that keeps this music alive – 100 years plus now in New York City, unbroken from Scott Joplin to present day.

There’s no words to describe the immensity of gratitude that I feel for being privileged enough to spend the last 10 years in the capacity that I have.  There are so many folks that have given so much to make Smalls Jazz Club what it is today.  I can only press my palms together and with full heart say, “thank you!”

Now back to the club, our next set’s just about to start.
Regards,
Spike
 
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Monday - 2/6
Dan Tepfer & Eric Harland


Pianist Dan Tepfer is a modern thinking improvisor with a fleet touch.  He is joined by the amazing Eric Harland on drums for an evening of duo.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Dan Tepfer sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Pasquale Grasso "After-hours" @ 11 PM


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Tuesday - 2/7
Fred Hersch Solo Piano

Hear this 10-time Grammy Nominee in a rare NYC solo concert.  All About Jazz says, "When it comes to the art of solo piano in jazz, there are currently two classes of performers:  Fred Hersch and everybody else.  A true master."

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


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Wednesday  - 2/8
Michael Eckroth & Matt Clohesy

Pianist Mike Eckroth is a hard swining, modern player with a lovely touch.  He's joined by bassist Matt Clohesy for an evening of duets.

Michael Eckroth sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Tony Hewitt & Friends "After-hours" @ 11 PM


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Thursday - 2/9
Ben Allison & Andy Ezrin

Bassist Ben Allison is an innovative and forward thinking composer and improvisor.  He has invited pianist Andy Ezrin for an evening of jazz improvisations.

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


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Friday & Saturday - 2/10-11
Orrin Evans with M'Balia Singley & Ben Wolfe (2/10) & JD Walter (2/11)

Pianist Orrin Evans has been a force on the jazz scene involved in many different projects.  This weekend he brings in "Songs Of Love and Other Things" with bassist Ben Wolfe, vocalist M'Balia Singley (2/10) and vocalist JD Walter (2/11.)

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Orrin Evans sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
"After-hours" set @ 11 PM


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Sunday - 2/12
David Hazeltine & Neal Miner

Pianist David Hazeltine is a consumate swinger with a sterling touch.  Join him for an evening of duets with the wonderful Neal Miner on bass.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
David Hazeltine 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 - 2/6
Kenneth Salters's Haven

 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Kenneth Salters - Drums, Dayna Stephens - Tenor Sax, Aki Ishiguro - Guitar, Brad Whiteley - Piano, Irwin Hall - Alto Sax, Or Bareket - Bass, Matt Holman - Trumpet
Monday - 2/6
The J.D. Allen Trio

 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
   with J.D. Allen - Tenor Sax, Gregg August - Bass, Rudy Royston - Drums
Tuesday - 2/7
The Spike Wilner Trio
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

with Spike Wilner - Piano, Tyler Mitchell - Bass, Anthony Pinciotti - Drums
Tuesday - 2/7
The Lucas Pino Nonet
 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

     with Lucas Pino - Tenor Sax, Alex LoRe - Alto Sax, Philip Dizack - Trumpet, Joe McDonough - Trombone, Andrew Gutauskas - Baritone Sax, Rafal Sarnecki - Guitar, Glenn Zaleski - Piano, Dylan Shamat - Bass, Jimmy MacBride - Drums
Wednesday - 2/8
The Sean Nowell Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

with Sean Nowell - Tenor Sax, Art Hirahara - Piano, Michael O'Brien - Bass, Joe Abba - Drums
Wednesday - 2/8
Curtis Nowosad's CNQ
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Curtis Nowosad - Drums, Luke Sellick - Bass, Duane Eubanks - Trumpet, Jonathan Thomas - Piano, Andrew Renfroe - Guitar
Thursday - 2/9
The Tatum Greenblatt Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

with Tatum Greenblatt - Trumpet, Misha Piatigorsky - Piano, Sam Minaie - Bass, Donald Edwards - Drums
Thursday - 2/9
The Nick Hempton Band
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

     with Nick Hempton - Tenor Sax, George DeLancey - Bass, Dan Aran - Drums
Friday - 2/10
The Behn Gillece Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
with Behn Gillece - Vibraphone, Nate Radley - Guitar, Ugonna Okegwo - Bass, Jason Tiemann - Drums
Saturday - 2/11
Zeb Trio

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show
with Saul Rubin - Guitar, Ugonna Okegwo - Bass, Anthony Pinciotti - Drums
Friday & Saturday - 2/10-11
The Duane Eubanks Quintet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
$20 for this show
    with Duane Eubanks - Trumpet, Abraham Burton - Tenor Sax, David Bryant - Piano, Gerald Cannon - Bass, Chris Beck - Drums
Sunday - 2/12
The John Dokes Quintet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
with John Dokes - Vocalist, David Gibson - Trombone, Steve Einerson - Piano, Lawrence Leathers - Drums
Sunday - 2/12
The Ilya Lushtak Group

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
     with Ilya Lushtak - Guitar
 

SMALLS JAZZ CLUB REGULAR SHOWS

Monday - 2/6, 1 AM to close
After-hours Jam Session with Jonathan Michel

 

Tuesday - 2/7, 1 AM to close 
After-hours Jam Session with Jovan Alexandre


Wednesday - 2/8, 1 AM to close
After-hours Jam Session with Sanah Kadoura

 

Thursday - 2/9, 1 AM to close 

After-hours Jam Session with Sarah Slonim

 

Friday - 2/10, 1 AM to close
After-hours with Joe Farnsworth

 

Saturday - 2/11, 4 PM to 7 PM
Tuomo Uusitalo  - Afternoon Jam Session

 

Saturday - 2/11, 1 AM to close
The Philip Harper Quintet

 

Sunday - 2/12  1 PM to 3 PM
Vocal Workshop with Marion Cowings

 

Sunday - 2/12,  4:30 PM to 7 PM
Ai Murakami Trio Feat. Sacha Perry


Sunday - 2/12,  1 AM to close
After-hours with Hillel Salem


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