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SmallsLIVE/Mezzrow Newsletter
November 13th, 2017

We finished the final concert of the SmallsLIVE tour to a packed house at the club Milestones in Piacenza Italy - one of the many small, privately managed jazz rooms that was part of this tour.  Like Gregory's (Rome), Duc Des Lombards (Paris), Cantina Bentevoglio (Bologna), Jazz Club Ferrara (Ferrara) and Smallet (Modena), they all had the same thing in common - they all had a small but  dedicated staff and owner who passionately loves the music and endeavors to present it to their patrons.  The audiences have been fantastic, hungry for music and genuinely moved by it.  Wading into the crowd after the show, shaking hands and seeing smiling, grateful faces, it confirms for me that jazz is alive and vital and necessary.

The issue, of course, is the economics of it all.  This tour was a break-even at best.  Although we reaped great benefit from making the connections and bringing the message of Smalls and New York to the people of Europe, financially it was really hard.  As a small club owner myself I know too well the limitations of what can be done with a 100 seat club.  Paying for hotels, food and fees to artists just becomes an impossibility.  Because of this, most clubs never have access to the great musicians from abroad.  In order to make any kind of tour work you need an "anchor" gig, some kind of big festival that pays enough money to cover the airfare and make it worthwhile getting to Europe, or anywhere.  The problem, of course, is that these big festivals are becoming more and more rare and are highly political in whom they hire.  Most mid-range jazz musicians, although brilliant and important, don't get the opportunity to play the big festivals and therefore never get to play the small local clubs.  There's got to be a way to re-connect jazz to the small clubs that are in abundance but don't have the chance to get name artists because of their budgets.

I've been envisioning a network of small jazz clubs, similar to Smalls and Mezzrow, linked together via the internet.  I've been envisioning a philanthropic society that would fund "good will" tours which could cover the travel and salary expense of the artists and send them on tours of small clubs for small audiences.  No more "anchor gigs" needed, no more corporate sponsors.  I don't think this is impossible.  I do believe that there are patrons who would like to fund endeavors such as good will tours.  It wouldn't cost that much.  With the proper funding one could tour any region and go from small club to small club.  The clubs themselves could pay whatever they could afford (perhaps their regular, local fees, dinners or publicity) but the bulk of the expense would be paid by the foundation.  I can also imagine a single platform where all of these shows could be streamed live and directly.  Imagine dozens of small clubs linked together world-wide with a continuous flow of great bands touring from town to town.  Jazz is one of the most positive aspect of American culture and (especially these days) it's important to get the message out that culture is still alive - that jazz and music still have significant value spiritually.  Time to break the bonds of big corporate and big festival control and bring the music directly to the people!

I hope to see everyone at Smalls or Mezzrow this week.  I wish everyone peace and concentrated effort towards good will.

Regards,

Spike
 
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Monday - 11/13
Hendrik Meurkens with Steve Ash & Chris Berger

Hendrick Meurkens is a virtuoso of the harmonic and a truly lyrical improvisor.  He is joined by pianist Steve Ash and bassist Chris Berger for an evening of trio.
 

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Seatings at 8 and 9:30 PM

Pasquale Grasso "After-hours" @ 11 PM

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Tuesday - 11/14
Carolyn Leonhart & Helen Sung

Carolyn Leonhart and Helen Sung are a match made in heaven.  These two artists perfectly meld the voice and piano into one sound.
 

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Seatings at 8 and 9:30 PM

Pasquale Grasso "After-hours" @ 11 PM

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Wednesday - 11/15
Mark Soskin & Jay Anderson

Pianist Mark Soskin is a veteran player with a driving swing and vivid imagination.  He is joined by bassist Jay Anderson for an evening of duet.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Seatings at 
8 & 9:30 PM
Pete Malinverni "After-hours" @ 11 PM

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Thursday - 11/16
Joe Martin & Gary Versace

Bassist Joe Martin and pianist Gary Versace are of like minds - modern thinking fluid improvisors.  Join them for an evening of duets.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Seatings at 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Spike Wilner "After-hours" @ 11 PM

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Friday & Saturday - 11/17-11/18
Todd Coolman, David Hazeltine & Peter Bernstein

Veteran bassist Todd Coolman has engaged a high-power trio that features pianist David Hazeltine and guitarist Peter Bernstein.  Join them for an evening of swinging trio.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Seatings at 8 PM & 9:30 PM
11/17 - Steve Ash "After-hours" @ 11 PM
11/18 - Steve Einerson "After-hours" @ 11 PM


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Sunday - 11/19
Mezzrow Classical Salon with David Oei


 

Doors open at 4:30 PM
Classical Salon from 5 PM until 7 PM


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Sunday - 11/19
Lafayette Harris with Lonnie Plaxico &  Stacy Dillard

Pianist Lafayette Harris is a creative and free thinking improvisor.  He has invited the great bassist Lonnie Plaxico and saxophonist Stacy Dillard for an evening of trio.

Seatings at 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 - 11/13
Tim Hegarty Quintet feat. Winard Harper

 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Tim Hegarty - Soprano Sax, Charlie Sigler - Guitar, Vince Dupont - Bass, Foluso Mimy - Percussion, Winard Harper - Drums
 
Monday - 11/13
Jonathan Barber Group &
After-hours Jam Session

 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM until close
     with Jonathan Barber - Drums
Tuesday - 11/14
Lucas Pino Nonet

 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Lucas Pino - Tenor Sax, Philip Dizack - Trumpet, Alex LoRe - Alto Sax, Nick Finzer - Trombone, Andrew Gutauskas - Baritone Sax, Rafal Sarnecki - Guitar, Glenn Zaleski - Piano, Desmond White - Bass, Jimmy MacBride - Drums
 
Tuesday - 11/14
Abraham Burton Quartet &
After-hours Jam Session

 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM until close
     with Abraham Burton - Tenor Sax
Wednesday 11/15
Curtis Nowosad's CNQ
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Curtis Nowosad - Drums, Andrew Renfroe - Guitar, Jonathan Thomas - Piano, Luke Sellick - Bass, Duane Eubanks - Trumpet
Wednesday - 11/15
Joe Farnsworth Trio
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Joe Farnsworth - Drums, Seamus Blake - Tenor Sax, Gerald Cannon - Bass
Thursday 11/16
Alex LoRe Quartet
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
     with Alex LoRe - Alto Sax, Glenn Zaleski - Piano Desmond White - Bass, Allan Mednard - Drums
Thursday - 11/16
Brandon Sanders Quintet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Brandon Sanders - Drums, Anthony Wonsey - Piano, Camille Thurman - Tenor Sax, Kenyatta Beasley - Trumpet, Lonnie Plaxico - Bass
Friday - 11/17
Michael Cochrane "Lines of Reason"
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
with Michael Cochrane - Piano, Julius Tolentino - Alto Sax, Marcus McLaurine - Bass, Alan Nelson - Drums
Saturday - 11/18
Mike Clark Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
with Mike Clark - Drums, Mark Sherman - Vibraphone, Chase Baird - Tenor Sax, Felix Pastorius - Bass
Friday & Saturday - 11/17-11/18
John Fedchock NY Sextet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
$20 for this show
with John Fedchock - Trombone, Scott Wendholt - Trumpet, Tom Christensen - Tenor Sax, Allen Farnham - Piano, Dave Finck - Bass, Eric Halvorson - Drums
Sunday - 11/19
Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings

Set from 1:00 PM until 3 PM
with Marion Cowings - Vocalist
Sunday - 11/19
Andy Farber Septet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
with Andy Farber - Tenor Sax, Bruce Harris - Trumpet, Immanuel Wilkins - Alto Sax, James Burton III - Trombone, Isaiah Thomson - Piano, Ben Wolfe - Bass, Aaron Kimmel - Drums
Sunday - 11/19
Charles Owens Quartet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
with Charles Owens - Tenor Sax, Joel Frahm - Tenor Sax, Alexander Claffy - Bass, Ari Hoenig - Drums
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