July 6th, 2015
Dear Friends:

I had two odd historical coincidences occur this week:

On Tuesday, during Bob Dorough's excellent show, we had a visit from Mezz Mezzrow's son, Milton Mezzrow, jr, who came to see the club named after his father.  I was little worried that he would serve me some papers for a lawsuit but those fears were quickly dashed when I met this extremely nice man and his wife.  He seemed genuinely touched by the tribute of the club which of course has photos and memorabilia from his father not to mention our famous poster of Mezzrow which hangs on the left end wall of the bandstand.  He was quite soft spoken as he looked about the club, amused and amazed.  He then settled down at a table in the front and enjoyed a show.  On the break we had a chance to speak and he told me about his upbringing in Paris, about his mother (who was an African American woman) and the experience of having Mezz as his dad.  He seemed quite enthusiastic about marijuana legalization (a subject we heartily agreed on) and he told me some stories about his dad as a musician, promoter and out-and-out character.  At the end of the evening we were good friends.  I embraced him as he left and promised him than anyone named "Mezzrow" was ok in my book - he had a free pass to Mezzrow anytime!

The next day I had a call from Barry Glover, who happens to be the grandson of James P. Johnson.  Barry was in town to because James P. had finally been inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center (I mean, it's about time!).  A few years ago, myself and few enthusiasts (which included pianists Terry Waldo, Ehud Asherie and Ethan Iverson) learned that James P. lay in an unmarked grave in Queens.  We took it upon ourselves to raise some money to put a proper tombstone there.  We held a big "rent party" at Smalls and everyone played and kicked in some dough.  Happily we raised enough and had a beautiful stone put on his grave to commemorate and honor this great man.  Now Lincoln Center was honoring him and Barry was there to accept the award on his grandfather's behalf.  Barry was eager to come to see Mezzrow and then showed up there after the awards ceremony.  I sat with him and had a drink and couldn't help but think that on the left side of the stage was the big Mezz Mezzrow poster and on the right side of the stage was the big photo of James P. Johnson and that in two days I had Mezz's son and James P's grandson seated right there.  It was like Mezz and James P having some kind of cosmic reunion.  Mezz and James P. were running buddies back in the day and surely spent a lot of time together at Nick's, which was a famous jazz club in the 1940 and 50's and happened to be located across the street from where Mezzrow is now, on the corner of west 10th st. and 7th ave.  Cosmic!

Sometimes history hits you right in the face.  It's all there swirling around.  All that mojo, still there and waiting to manifest in some glorious, swinging and beautifully profound jazz music.  Come out and share it with us!



NOW: A cover paid at Mezzrow also gets you admission to Smalls.

Monday - 7/6
Gilad Hekselman feat. Kevin Hays

Guitarist Gilad Hekselman has a lyrical, searching voice on the guitar with a soulful jazz feeling and an original repertoire. Joining him is the amazing Kevin Hays on piano for a night of duets.

John Merrill & guest (no cover) @ 7:30 PM
Gilad Hekselman sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM
Sacha Perry afterhours @ 12:00 AM

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Tuesday - 7/7
Jill McCarron & Paul Gill

Pianist Jill McCarron has as swinging and lyrical touch.  She plays a wide range of standards and her own originals.  With her is the rock solid Paul Gill laying down the quarter notes on bass.

Lafayette Harris (no cover) @ 7:30 PM
Jill McCarron sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

Miki Yamanaka & Adi Myerson @ 12 AM

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Wednesday - 7/8
Taylor Eigsti & Gretchen Parlato

Thursday - 7/9
Taylor Eigsti & Dayna Stephens

Pianist Taylor Eigsti is a dynamic and original force on the piano.  On 7/8 with him is the wonderful and mysterious vocalist Gretchen Parlato. On 7/9 With him is the amazing and soulful Dayna Stephens on tenor saxophone.

 Kevin Harris (7/8), Spike Wilner (7/9)
no cover @ 7:30 PM

Taylor Eigsti sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM
Jon Davis (7/8), Sarah Slonim (7/9) @ 12 AM

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Friday, Saturday,  Sunday - 7/10-12
Larry Willis & Buster Williams

Pianist Larry Willis is a jazz legend and a "musician's musician" - revered by pianists and with a pedigree a mile long.  His soulful, jazz feeling will swing directly to your heart.  With him is another legend of jazz, the incomparable Buster Williams.

 Ehud Asherie (7/10), Spike Wilner (7/11), Pasquale Grasso (7/12) no cover @ 7:30 PM
Larry Willis sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

7/10 - After Hours w/ Johnny O'Neal @ 12 AM

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(a selection of featured shows)

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Monday - 7/6
Bill Goodwin Special Quartet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
  w. Abe Rabade - Piano, Ben Street - Bass, Adam Niewood - Tenor
Bill Goodwin - Drums
Monday - 7/6
Marcus Strickland Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

   w. Marcus Strickland - Tenor Sax, Big Yuki Hirano - Piano, Brandon Owens - Bass, John Davis - Drums


Tuesday - 7/7
Theo Hill Quintet
 Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM

w. Jeremy Pelt - Trumpet, Dayna Stephens - Tenor Sax, Theo Hill - Piano, Yasushi Nakamura - Bass,
Kush Abadey - Drums



Wednesday - 7/8
The Dave Scott Quintet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
 w. Dave Scott - Trumpet, Rich Perry - Tenor Sax, Jacob Sacks - Piano, John Hebert - Bass, Jeff Williams - Drums
Wednesday - 7/8
Christopher McBride &
The Whole Proof

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
 w. Christopher McBride - Tenor Sax, Marquis Hill - Trumpet, Victor Gould - Piano, Lorin Cohen - Bass,
Bryan Carter - Drums


Thursday - 7/9
The Ronnie Cuber Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

  w. Ronnie Cuber - Baritone Sax, Dave Kikoski - Piano, Matt Clohesy - Bass, Ben Perowsky - Drums


Thursday - 7/9
Scott Wendholt/Adam Kolker
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

  w. Scott Wendholt - Trumpet, Adam Kolker - Tenor Sax, Ed Howard - Bass, Victor Lewis - Drums



Friday - 7/10
The Randy Johnston Trio
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show

  w. Randy Johnston - Guitar, Seth Lewis - Bass,
Jaime Aff - Drums
Saturday - 7/11
Dmitry Baevsky Quintet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9PM

$20 for this show
 w. Dmitry Baevsky - Alto Sax, Jeb Patton - Piano, Mike Karn - Bass, Joe Strasser - Drums


Friday & Saturday - 7/10-11
Tim Green 5tet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
$20 for this show
 w. Tim Green - Alto Sax, Gilad Hekselman - Guitar, Allyn Johnson - Piano, Matt Clohesy - Bass,
Corey Fonville - Drums
Sunday - 7/12
The Rob Burke Sextet
"The Power of the Idea"

Sets at 4:30 PM & 6 PM
w. Ralph Alessi - Trumpet, Rob Burke - Alto Sax, James Macaulay - Trombone, Paul Grabowsky - Piano, Mark Helias - Bass, Gerald Cleaver - Drums


Sunday - 7/12
Sole-ful Sunday Tap Show
with Michela Lerman

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
w. Michela Lerman - Tap dancer
Sunday - 7/12
Ned Goold Quartet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
w. Ned Goold - Tenor Sax, Charles Goold - Drums
Mezzrow proudly endorses Steinway pianos


Monday - 7/6, 1 AM to close
Afterhours with Jonathan Michel


Tuesday - 7/7, 7:30 PM
The Ehud Asherie Trio


Tuesday - 7/7, 12:30 AM to close 
The Next Generation Sessions with Alexander Claffy

Wednesday - 7/8, 1:30 AM to close 
Afterhours Jam Session with Sanah Kadoura


Thursday - 7/9, 1:30 AM to close 
Afterhours Jam Session


Friday - 7/10, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Afternoon open jam session with The Corey Wallace DUBtet


Friday - 7/10, 1:15 AM
Friday Afterhours with Jeremy Manasia Trio

Saturday - 7/11, 4 PM to 7 PM
Saturday Afternoon Open Jam Session
With : Tuomo Uusitalo Trio

Saturday - 7/11, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with Stacy Dillard

Sunday - 7/12, 1 PM to 6 PM
Marion Cowings Vocal Masterclass

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