August 10th, 2015
Dear Friends:

My how time flies!  Last year at this time we were still putting the final touches on Mezzrow.  My anxiety levels were high (not that they've relaxed any) as we approached our opening night.  I had no idea how we would be received or perceived.  I wasn't sure if anyone would like it or not.  Would it be a flop?  Wilner's folly?  Well, now we've been open nearly one full year.  The last weekend of this month will be our special commemorative celebration of one full year of Mezzrow.  It's been an amazing year for me and my partner Mitch Borden - to plan and build a club from the ground up and to decorate it and give it a personality.  We chose to name it "Mezzrow" as a tip of the hat to musician Mezz Mezzrow, who's book "Really The Blues", inspired me.  He became our symbol of late night jazz music, basement speakeasies and interracial harmony through art.  I'm delighted to say that Mezzrow has worked out splendidly.  It's been really well received.  We got picked as the "best piano bar of 2015" by New York Magazine (CLICK to read).  We've had two feature articles in the New York Times (CLICK #1) (CLICK #2).  We've had Ron Carter perform twice.  We've had Buster Williams perform three times.  In fact, the roster of pianists and bassists who have graced our stage this year is staggering - literally a who's who of modern day jazz piano duos.  What's great is that we've also had a nice turn out from younger musicians who have come around to participate and jam.  We've also tapped into a more sophisticated cliental that are really looking for a "listening room" - a mini-concert hall, where the artists and the audience can commune in jazz reverie.

I want to mention some of the special shows we have coming up in the remainder of this month.  I'm including the links to the site where, if you like, you can advance purchase a seat in our 34 seat music room -

On Friday, Aug. 21 and Saturday, Aug. 22 we have the legendary Andy Bey performing solo piano and voice.  If you've never heard Andy, this is a great opportunity to do so.

On Tuesday, Aug. 25 and Wednesday, Aug. 26 we have pianist Ethan Iverson with his very special guest Tom Harrell coming in.  Ethan has been a big supporter of the club and is responsible for bringing Ron Carter to Mezzrow.

On Friday, Aug. 28th and Satuday, Aug 29th is our official ONE YEAR CELEBRATION weekend.  For this weekend I'm excited to present one of my favorite pianists and my teacher, the great Kenny Barron who will be coming in with his long-time associate the great Ray Drummond on bass.  This will be sure to be a joyful weekend in the spirit of Bradley's.

As always, we've been offering reciprocity between mama Smalls and baby Mezzrow - pay a cover at Mezzrow and get a pass for Smalls for the same night - bounce back and forth.

I send you all my best wishes and look forward to seeing you at the clubs!


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

Monday - 8/10
Peter Bernstein & Doug Weiss Duo

Peter Bernstein has become one of the most beloved guitarists of his generation.  He plays with a lyrical beauty and modern swinging edge.  With him is the rock-solid Doug Weiss on bass. 

John Merrill  ( No cover ) @ 7:30 PM
Peter Bernstein sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

Sacha Perry "After-hours" @ 12 AM

To advance purchase a reserved seat click:

Tuesday - 8/11
Randy Ingram & Drew Gress Duo

Pianist Randy Ingram is a modernist with a forward thinking concept and a repertoire of originals and select standards.  With him is the excellent Drew Gress for an evening of duo.

 Randy Ingram sets @ 8PM & 9:30 PM
The "Polite" Jam Session @ 11

To advance purchase a reserved seat click:

Wednesday, Thursday - 8/12-13
Ben Wendel & Aaron Parks Duo

Saxophonist Ben Wendel is a lyrical modern player with a warm tone and great feel.  With him is pianist Aaron Parks who is one of the most popular artists of his generation.  Join them for an evening of duets.

(8/12) - Lafayette Harris ( no cover ) @ 7:30 PM
(8/13) - Spike Wilner ( no cover ) @ 7:30 PM

 Ben Wendel sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM
(8/12) - Sarah Slonim & Myles Sloniker@ 12 AM
(8/13) - Jon Davis "Afterhours" @ 12 AM

To advance purchase a reserved seat click:

Friday, Saturday - 8/14-15
Todd Coolman & Bill Mays Duo

Bassist Todd Coolman and pianist Bill Mays are long time musical associates and true veterans of the New York jazz scene.  Both play with great swing, lyricism and grace.  Join them for an evening of jazz duo. 

(8/14) - Ehud Asherie ( No cover ) @ 7:30 PM
(8/15) - Spike Wilner ( No cover ) @ 7:30 PM

Todd Coolman sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

  (8/14) - Johnny O'Neal "After-hours" @ 12:30 AM
(8/15) - Emmet Cohen "After-hours" @ 12:30 AM

To advance purchase a reserved seat click:

Sunday - 8/16
Jazz Legend Freddie Redd

Pianist Freddie Redd is a living legend of jazz.  Best known for his work for "The Connection", Freddie is cut from the true cloth of Be-Bop.  
With him is the swinging bassist Ben Meigners.

Saul Rubin Solo Guitar ( No cover ) @ 7:30 PM
Freddie Redd sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

To advance purchase a reserved seat click:

(a selection of featured shows)

For our full schedule please go to

Monday - 8/10
Michael Olatuja &
The Promise Ensemble

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
  w. Samir Zarif - Tenor Sax, Camille Thurman - Flute, Aaron Parks - Piano, Michael Olatuja - Bass,
E.J. Strickland - Drums


Monday - 8/10
Ari Hoenig Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

   w. Gilad Hekselman - Guitar, Will Vinson - Alto Sax,
Rick Rosato - Bass, Ari Hoenig - Drums



Tuesday - 8/11
The Spike Wilner Trio
 Set at 7:30 PM

w. Spike Wilner - Piano, Tyler Mitchell - Bass, Anthony Pinciotti - Drums




Tuesday - 8/11
Smalls Legacy Band
feat. Frank Lacy

 Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM

w. Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax, Josh Evans - Trumpet, Theo Hill - Piano, Yasushi Nakamura - Bass,
Frank Lacy - Trombone, Kush Abadey - Drums




Wednesday - 8/12
Danny Grissett Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
 w. Dayna Stephens - Tenor Sax, Danny Grissett - Piano, Ugonna Okegwo - Bass, Eric Doob - Drums
Wednesday - 8/12
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
 w. Joel Frahm - Tenor Sax, Itamar Borochov - Trumpet, Michael King - Piano, Alexander Claffy - Bass,
Jay Sawyer - Drums


Thursday - 8/13
Tim Hegarty Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

  w. Tim Hegarty - Tenor Sax, Jim Ridl - Piano, Doug Weiss - Bass, Adam Nussbaum - Drums


Thursday - 8/13
JC Stylles Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

   w. JC Stylles - Guitar, Troy Roberts - Tenor Sax, Pat Bianchi - Organ, Lawrence Leathers - Drums



Friday - 8/14
Tom Guarna Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show

  w. Tom Guarna - Guitar, Jon Cowherd - Piano,
Orlando Le Fleming - Bass, Kendrick Scott - Drums
Saturday - 8/15
Scott Robinson Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
 w. Scott Robinson - Tenor Sax, Helen Sung - Piano, Martin Wind - Bass, Peter Van Nostrand - Drums
Friday & Saturday - 8/14-15
Clarence Penn Quintet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
$20 for this show
 w. Mike Rodriguez - Trumpet, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown - Tenor Sax, Manuel Valera - Piano, Yasushi Nakamura - Bass, Clarence Penn - Drums
Sunday - 8/16
Larry Gelb Trio

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
w. Larry Gelb - Piano, Myles Sloniker - Bass,
Michael Stephans - Drums
Sunday - 8/16
Johnny O'Neal Trio

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
w. Johnny O'Neal - Piano, Luke Sellick - Bass,
Charles Goold - Drums
Sunday - 8/16
Ned Goold Quartet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
w. Ned Goold - Tenor Sax, Charles Goold - Drums,
Andrew Renfroe - Guitar


Monday - 8/10, 1 AM to close
Afterhours with Jonathan Michel


Tuesday - 8/11, 12:30 AM to close 
The Next Generation Sessions with Kyle Poole & Friends

Wednesday - 8/12, 1:30 AM to close 
Afterhours Jam Session with Sanah Kadoura


Thursday - 7/13, 1:30 AM to close 
Afterhours Jam Session


Friday - 8/14, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Afternoon open jam session with Ai Murakami Trio


Friday - 8/14, 1:15 AM
Friday Afterhours

Saturday - 8/15, 4 PM to 7 PM
Saturday Afternoon Open Jam Session
With : Taber Gable Trio

Saturday - 8/15, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with Philp Harper

Sunday - 8/16, 1 PM to 6 PM
Marion Cowings Vocal Masterclass ( $20 - entry, $40 - to participate )

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