February 16th, 2015

Dear Friends:

winter wind--
the street singer at dusk
hunkers to the ground

 (Issa, ca. 1804)

COLD WEATHER! Walking home late, 2:30 AM, the streets deserted, my Saturday evening completed.  But both clubs are still humming, bumping, joyful - Little furnaces of soul and music burning underground on West 10th street.  On the frozen streets, whoever's left is scurrying for shelter, pained looks in their frigid eyes.  But I am not cold.  I am radiant with the wonderful jazz music that thrives and exists here in our club havens.  At Mezzrow was the fantastic Joanne Brackeen and Cecil McBee (she declared at the beginning of her second set; "I really feel like I'm at Bradley's") and at Smalls, Harry Allen playing lingering lines of supple beauty.  The world may be cold but OUR world is warm, hot, liquid fire, the century-old tradition of this music coursing through our veins, fortifying us and urging us to continue through the night and, hopefully, to the warmth of the morning sunshine...




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

Monday - 2/16
Johnny O'Neal & Luke Sellick

  • The highly acclaimed pianist and singer Johnny O'Neal has a residency at Mezzrow every Monday evening.  With him is the excellent bassist Luke Sellick.  Johnny plays a set of music and then hosts an "invitation-only" jam session for singers and instrumentalists.

    • John Merrill Solo Guitar @ 7 PM
      Johnny O'Neal from 9 PM to 12:30 AM

      To advance purchase a reserved seat click:

Tuesday - 2/17
Spike Wilner, Peter Bernstein & Paul Gill

Pianist and proprietor Spike Wilner comes in with special guest (and schoolmate) Peter Bernstein on guitar.  Joining them on bass is the rock-solid Paul Gill.

 Happy Hour Solo Piano @ 7 PM
Trio sets from 8 PM to 10:30 PM

Mezzrow "polite jam session" @ 10:30 PM

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Wednesday - 2/18
Kurt Elling w/
Gary Versace & John Webber

A special night of one of the premier vocalists of this generation - Kurt Elling, accompanied by the wonderful Gary Versace and the veteran bassist John Webber.  Reservations are recommended for this show.

 Happy Hour Solo Piano @ 7 PM
Trio sets @ 9 PM & 10:30 PM

Mezzrow "polite jam session" @ 11:30 PM

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Thursday - 2/19
John Webber w/
John Dokes & Steve Einerson
  • Bassist John Webber, known usually for his supportive and hard swinging role, takes the lead to bring in a trio.  With him is the amazing vocalist John Dokes, known for his deep voice and bluesy, driving swing.  On the piano is the tasteful Steve Einerson.

    Solo Piano Happy Hour @ 7:30 PM
    Trio sets @ 9 PM & 10:30 PM
     Jon Davis Solo Piano @ 11:30 PM

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Friday to Sunday - 2/20-22
Alan Broadbent & Don Falzone
  • Pianist Alan Broadbent is a lucid improvisor.  A fertile imagination coupled with a tremendous jazz feeling and beauty, Alan Broadbent is one of the premier jazz pianists currently performing.  With him is his long-time musical partner Don Falzone on bass.

    Fri, Sat :
    Happy Hour @ 7:15 PM 
    Duo Sets @ 9 PM & 10:30 PM
    After-hours with Anthony Wonsey  @ 12 AM
    Sun : 
    Pasquale Grasso - Solo Guitar @ 7:30 PM

    Duo Sets @ 9 PM & 10:30 PM 

    To advance purchase a reserved seat:


(a selection of featured shows)

For our full schedule please go to

Monday - 2/16
Art Hirahara Trio

"Libations and Meditations" CD Release
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
w. Art Hirahara - Piano, Linda Oh - Bass,
John Davis - Drums

Art Hirahara has class and taste in his playing.  Tonight he celebrates the release of his new CD "Libations and Meditations"
Monday - 2/16
The Ari Hoenig Trio

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
w. Gilad Hekselman - Guitar, Orlando Le Fleming - Bass, Ari Hoenig - Drums 

Ari Hoenig returns for his regular spot on Mondays with his working quartet that features Gilad Hekselman on guitar.
Tuesday - 2/17
Josh Evans Big Band

Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM

Josh Evans and his 18 piece big band returns to Smalls for their monthly residence.
Wednesday - 2/18
Amos Hoffman Quintet
Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM
  w. Amos Hoffman - Guitar, Asaf Yuria - Tenor Sax, Duane Eubanks - Trumpet, Omer Avital - Bass,
Vince Ector - Drums 

Amos Hoffman, the soulful Israeli guitarist, hasn't been seen in New York for the last few years.  Come out tonight to discover his music and group which features the amazing Omer Avital on bass.
Wednesday - 2/18
"Round Midnight" With :
Vitaly Golovnev Quartet

Midnight to close
w. Vitaly Golovnev - Trumpet, Misha Pyatigorsky - Piano, Marcos Varela - Bass, Jonathan Barber - Drums 

Vitaly Golovnew has a brilliant sound and a swinging band.  He plays our "Round Midnight" set this Wednesday.
Thursday - 2/19
The David Gibson Quintet
Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM

w.David Gibson - Trombone, Josh Evans - Trumpet, Theo Hill - Piano, Alexander Claffy - Bass, Kush Abadey - Drums 

Gibbo returns to Smalls with his hard hitting quintet that features the stellar work of trumpet star Josh Evans and the fleet fingered Theo Hill on piano.
Friday - 2/20
The Chuck Redd Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
w. Chuck Redd - Vibraphone, Spike Wilner - Piano, Frank Tate - Bass, Darrian Douglas - Drums

Vibraphonist Chuck Redd comes back to Smalls for his usual tasty and swinging set of jazz.
Friday & Saturday - 2/20-21
The Mike DiRubbo Quintet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

$20 for this show
 w. Mike DiRubbo - Alto Sax, Josh Evans - Trumpet, Brian Charette - Organ, Ugonna Okegwo - Bass, Rudy Royston - Drums

Mike DiRubbo is one of the baddest alto players you'll hear - fiery and modern but with a strong swinging drive.
Saturday - 2/21
Sylvia Cuenca Organ Quartet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show
w. Tivon Pennicott - Tenor Sax, Dave Stryker - Guitar, Jared Gold - Organ, Sylvia Cuenca - Drums

Drumm Sylvia Cuenca returns to Smalls with her organ group that features the wonderful Dave Stryker on guitar and Jared Gold on the B3.
Sunday - 2/22
The Charles Owens Trio

From 10:30 PM to close
w. Charles Owens - Tenor Sax,
Andrew Randazzo - Bass, Devonne Harris - Drums 

Longtime Smalls alum Charles Owens returns with his excellent trio and his huge warm tenor sound!


Monday - 2/16, 1 AM to close
Afterhours with Spencer Murphy


Tuesday - 2/17, 7:30 PM to close 
Spike Wilner Trio

Tuesday - 2/17, 12:30 AM to close 
The Next Generation Sessions with Kyle Poole


Wednesday - 2/18, 6 PM to 9 PM to close 
Tap Dance Jam! Hosted by Michela Lerman


Friday - 2/19, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Friday afternoon open jam session With :
anah Kadoura Trio

Friday - 2/20, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with Lawrence Leathers

Saturday - 2/21, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Saturday Afternoon Open Jam Session
With :
 Jonathan Thomas Trio

Saturday -2/21, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with Stacy Dillard

Sunday - 2/22, 1 PM to 3 PM
Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings 
$20 entry, $40 to participate

Sunday - 2/22, 7:30 PM to 10 PM
The Legendary Johnny O'Neal

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