A gig like at Sofiaâ€™s used to be all over Manhattan. I made my living for years just playing in restaurants - solo piano, duo. You made a small amount of bread but could eat and got to play. No one thought twice about Sofiaâ€™s being a special place because it wasnâ€™t. Butâ€¦ it was! As things get rarer, they take on a specialness. You begin to understand the value when itâ€™s not there. New York has changed a lot. Now itâ€™s quite rare to find a restaurant with a piano in it and, for that matter, itâ€™s rare to find a Jazz club. There was a time when no one thought too much of Smalls. Smalls was just one joint out of many and now it's rare and thus valuable. As places like Sofiaâ€™s or like Sallyâ€™s Record Shop go out of business, the spark of personality disappears from the landscape. Jazz music is in danger as the environment evaporates. What will happen to Jazz when all of the joints are gone? Saharaâ€¦
Smalls Musician Revenue Share Project
Our campaign to fund our Musician Revenue Share project is chugging along. We're around $17K at this writing. People ask me â€œhowâ€™s the campaign going?â€ and I say that regardless whether we hit our goal or not itâ€™s been a success. Weâ€™ve gotten a lot of nice press and real interest in the project. Also, thereâ€™s been a lot of moral support from the musicians. Iâ€™ve had great dialogue with prominent artists and feel that they support our idea and that it will work. Iâ€™ve also retained a top copyright attorney to advise us on proper licensing for copyrights so that we do everything kosher. The project will happen whether we hit the financial goal or not. Weâ€™ve got momentum.
If you want more information on our campaign, please click www.smallslive.com. If you can spread the word or make a contribution we do appreciate it.
This Week At Smalls
On Monday I'm really psyched to have an old friend and original Smalls musician back at the club - pianist Jason Lindner who will be coming in with his trio. Playing bass is the legendary Juni Booth and the amazing Eric McPherson on drums. Don't miss this rare show.
Tuesday night I'll be there with my trio from 7:30 to 10 PM, fresh from our whirlwind Canadian tour (1 gig). After us is the really cool nonet led by Lucas Pino. It's chock full of great young musicians who all contribute to the book and play their butts off. Please come out and hear this band and the work their doing. It's great.
On Wednesday and Thursday I'm happy to feature my dear friend Yotam Silberstein and his trio. Yotam has been rapidly rising in terms of his prominence. He's a terrific player and is coming in with Glen Zeleski on piano, Barak Mori on bass and Jochen Rueckert on drums. For our "Round Midnight" concert on Wednesday we are really lucky to have the amazing Dominick Farinacci and his group which features Zaccai Curtis, Lawrence Leathers and Keita Ogawa. It will definitely be a great evening of music. On Thursday we have our resident Carlos Abadie and his excellent quintet for the midnight show.
This weekend we are featuring drummer Quincy Davis and a fantastic quintet which showcases Jimmy Greene on tenor, Steve Nelson on vibes, Aaron Goldberg on piano and Vicente Archer on bass. This is an all-star group and I'm sure the house will be packed. On Friday at 7:30 PM we have our resident Ralph LaLama and his group "Bop Juice", which features the legendary Clifford Barbaro on drums and Mike Karn on bass. Our Saturday 7:30 show presents the remarkable trumpet veteran Richie Vitale and his quintet with Frank Basile, Nial Djuliarso, Paul Gill & Clifford Barbaro.
Our Sunday is an all-day affair starting at 1PM with Marion Cowings and his vocal workshop. At 4:30 PM is the tasteful and erudite John Merrill and his "Norville Trio" tribute to Red Norvo and features Tom Beckham on vibes and Sean Cronin on bass. At 7:30 PM we have another amazing guitarist, Chris Flory who is coming in with his guitar counterpart Joe Cohn & Lee Hudson on bass. At 10PM we have the amazing Johnny O'Neal and his fantastic trio. Our "Round Midnight" concert features the complex and challenging Ned Goold and his trio.
Please come on out to Smalls this week. Our free video show will be on Wednesday night. If you've not checked out our live stream then please do so on Wednesday. Also, check out our Smalls Interview Blog which features and interview this week with guitarist Yotam Silberstein. CLICK HERE.
Best Regards, Spike Wilner
The Jason Lindner Trio
10:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Jason Lindner - Piano
Juini Booth - Bass
Eric McPherson - Drums
"Round Midnight" with:
The Dominick Farinacci Quartet
Midnight to close
Dominick Farinacci - Tpt
Zaccai Curtis - Piano
Lawrence Leathers - Drm.
Keita Ogawa - Percussion
The Richie Vitale Quintet
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Richie Vitale - Trumpet
Frank Basile - Bari. Sax
Nial Djuliarso - Piano
Paul Gill - Bass
Clifford Barbaro - Drums
Lucas Pino's "No-net" Nonet
10:00 PM to 12:30 AM
Matthew Jodrell - Tpt.
Alex LoRe - Alto Sax
Lucas Pino - Tenor Sax
Nick Finzer - Trombone
Alex Wintz - Guitar
Glenn Zaleski - Piano
Desmond White - Bass
Colin Stranahan - Drums
"Round Midnight" with:
The Carlos Abadie Quintet
Midnight to close
Carlos Abadie - Trumpet
Joe Sucato - Tenor Sax
Theo Hill - Piano
Clovis Nicolas - Bass
Luca Santaniello - Drums
The Norville Trio Tribute to Red Norvo
4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Tom Beckham - Vibraphone
John Merrill - Guitar
Sean Cronin - Bass
Wed. 7/31 & Thurs. 8/1
The Yotam Silberstein Quartet
9:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Yotam Silberstein - Gtr.
Glenn Zaleski - Piano
Barak Mori - Bass
Jochen Rueckert - Drums
Fri & Sat
8/2 & 3
The Quincy Davis Quintet
10:30 PM to 1:00 AM
Jimmy Greene - Tenor Sax
Steve Nelson - Vibes
Aaron Goldberg - Piano
Vicente Archer - Bass
Quincy Davis - Drums
Sunday Evening Duets with:
The Chris Flory Duo
7:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Chris Flory - Guitar Joe Cohn - Guitar
OUR REGULAR WEEKLYS SHOWS:
Mon, "Afterhours" - Spencer Murphy Jam
Tues, 7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - Spike Wilner Trio
Tues, 10PM to 12:30 AM - Smalls Legacy Band (featuring Frank Lacy, Josh Evans, Theo Hill & Stacy Dillard)
Tues, "Afterhours" - Kyle Poole "Next Generation" Jam
Wed, 6PM to 8:45 PM - Michela Lerman Tap Jam
Thur, 5PM to 8:45 PM - Sam Raderman Afternoon Jam
Fri, 4PM to 7PM - Paquale Grasso Afternoon Jam
Sat, 4PM to 7PM - The Dwayne Clemons Quintet
Sun, 10PM to 11:30 PM - The Legendary Johnny O'Neal
SmallsLIVE Interview BLOG
Interesting and insightful interviews with the artists that perform at Smalls Jazz Club.
Interviewed by bassist Spencer Murphy - these interviews shed light on the thought process of the musicians and their relationship to Smalls.
Downbeat highlights Harold Mabern: Live at Smalls as a July 2013 Editors' Pick
"From the beautiful opening lines of â€œAlone Together,â€ the incredible old-school Broadway gem, you know youâ€™re in for a pure joyride. Mabern has irresistible charm as an improviser. Heâ€™s all power, touch and techniqueâ€”a rare and wonderful artist on the piano...â€œAfro Blue,â€ sums up his artistry and inventivenessâ€”boundless." - Frank Alkyer
"With an austere sax intro from Vinson that will steal your heart. Sympathetic accompaniment from Lund adds enchanting detail."
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Look for our next 4 releases this Tuesday 7/30/13.
FREE LIVE VIDEO Wednesday, July 31rst
7:00 PM to close
Go to www.smallsjazzclub.com and click "LIVE VIDEO" - please enjoy our live video show. We hope you consider becoming a subscribing member
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OUR SCHEDULE THIS WEEK:
Monday, July 29th
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The Kyoko Oyobe Quartet Kyoko Oyobe - Piano , 10:30 PM to 12:00 AM - The Jason Lindner Trio Jason Lindner - Piano , Juini Booth - Bass , Eric McPherson - Drums 12:30 AM to close - Afterhours with: Spencer Murphy Spencer Murphy - Bass ,
Tuesday, July 30th
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM - Spike Wilner Trio Spike Wilner - Piano , 10:00 PM to 12:30 PM - Lucas Pino No Net Nonet Matthew Jodrell - Trumpet , Alex LoRe - Alto Sax , Lucas Pino - Tenor Sax , Nick Finzer - Trombone , Alex Wintz - Guitar , Glenn Zaleski - Piano , Desmond White - Bass , Colin Stranahan - Drums Midnight to close - The Next Generation Sessions hosted by Kyle Poole and Friends Kyle Poole - Drums ,
Wednesday, July 31st
6:00 PM to 8:45 PM - Tap Dance Jam! Hosted by Michela Lerman Michela Marino Lerman - Tap Dancer , 9:30 PM to 12:00 AM - The Yotam Silberstein Quartet Yotam Silberstein - Guitar , Glenn Zaleski - Piano , Barak Mori - Bass , Jochen Rueckert - Drums "midnight" to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Dominick Farinacci Quartet Dominick Farinacci - Trumpet , Zaccai Curtis - Piano , Lawrence Leathers - Drums , Keita Ogawa - Percussion
Thursday, August 1st
5:00 PM to 8:45 PM($10 cover/musicians free) - Afternoon Open Jam Session with: Sam Raderman Luc Decker - Drums , Nial Djuliarso - Piano , Sam Raderman - Guitar , 9:30 PM to 12:00 AM - The Yotam Silberstein Quartet Yotam Silberstein - Guitar , Glenn Zaleski - Piano , Barak Mori - Bass , Jochen Rueckert - Drums Midnight to Close - "Round Midnight" with: The Carlos Abadie Quintet Carlos Abadie - Trumpet , Joe Sucato - Tenor Sax , Theo Hill - Piano , Clovis Nicolas - Bass , Luca Santaniello - Drums
Friday, August 2nd
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM($10 cover/musicians free) - Happy Hour Jam Session with: Pasquale Grasso Pasquale Grasso - Guitar , 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - Ralph Lalama & "Bop-Juice" Ralph Lalama - Tenor Sax , Mike Karn - Bass , Clifford Barbaro - Drums 10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - The Quincy Davis Quintet Jimmy Greene - Tenor Sax , Steve Nelson - Vibraphone , Aaron Goldberg - Piano , Vicente Archer - Bass , Quincy Davis - Drums , 1:15 AM to Close - Afterhours with: Lawrence Leathers Lawrence Leathers - Drums ,
Saturday August 03
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM - The "Early Bird" Session hosted by The Dwayne Clemons Quintet Jimmy Wormworth - Drums , Sacha Perry - Piano , Dwayne Clemons - Trumpet , Josh Benko - Alto Sax , Murray Wall - Bass 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The Richie Vitale Quintet Richie Vitale - Trumpet , Frank Basile - Baritone Sax , Nial Djuliarso - Piano , Paul Gill - Bass , Clifford Barbaro - Drums 10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - The Quincy Davis Quintet Jimmy Greene - Tenor Sax , Steve Nelson - Vibraphone , Aaron Goldberg - Piano , Vicente Archer - Bass , Quincy Davis - Drums , 1:30 AM to close - Afterhours with: Ian Hendrickson-Smith Ian Hendrickson-Smith - Tenor Sax
Sunday August 04
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings $20 entry - $40 to participate Marion Cowings - Vocalist 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM - The Norville Trio Tribute to Red Norvo Tom Beckham - Vibraphone , John Merrill - Guitar , Sean Cronin - Bass 7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - Sunday Evening Duets with: The Chris Flory Duo Joe Cohn - Guitar , Chris Flory - Guitar , 10:00 PM to 11:30 PM - The Legendary Johnny O'Neal Johnny O'Neal - Piano , 11:30 PM to close - Afterhours with: Ned Goold Ned Goold - Tenor Sax ,