February 23rd, 2015

So you should view this fleeting world --
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.

Buddha, The Diamond Sutra


We can only view the passing of Clark Terry with admiration and gratitude.  Clark passed away last weekend at the age of 94.  Jazz musicians, it seems, either die young or live old.  The ones that live old seem to just continue and continue - giving, sharing and still learning and growing.  I think of Hank Jones playing at the top of his game until the end of his life at 92.  I think of Doc Cheatham gigging until his last days also at age 92.  I think of Eubie Blake who died at 96 and concertized and lectured until the very end.

The Buddha speaks of living your life as a "field of merit".  Your actions, day in and day out have repercussions.  Every action has a reaction, even a single thought can have implications that are universal in its consequence.  This is the law of Karma.  A field of merit is the force of your living-self on the world - how your deeds and actions effect the world around you and the continuing reverberations.  Like throwing a rock in a still pond, the waves continue and continue until they are imperceptible.  Clark Terry's life was a field of merit impacting millions of lives through his amazing musical career and the generosity of his spirit in teaching and sharing.  Clark never quit, never gave up even for one second.  Right until the end he gave of himself and shared - a force field of positive action for the world, a true spiritual warrior. A Hero.  We cannot be sad by his passing.  At 92 it was as complete and successful a life as a human being can aspire to.  We can only reverentially tip our hats and say "thank you, Mr. Terry for the wonderful gift you have bestowed on Humanity.  Our deepest gratitude."




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

TONIGHT! Monday - 2/23
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

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Tuesday - 2/24
Ray Gallon & David Wong Duo

Pianist Ray Gallon is a beloved veteran of the jazz scene and educator.  He has a strong foundation in the be-bop language and a wonderful jazz feeling.  With him is the exceptional bassist David Wong to lay down some swinging quarter-notes and excellent solos.

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

Mezzrow "polite jam session" @ 10:30 PM

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Wednesday, Thursday - 2/25-26
Peter Bernstein & Matt Penman

Peter Bernstein is has become a beloved figure on the jazz scene and one of the most important voices on guitar of his generation.  He plays duets for two nights at Mezzrow with the stellar bassist Matt Penman.

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

Wed-Mezzrow "polite jam session" @ 11:30 PM
Thu-Jon Davis Solo Piano - 11:30 PM

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Friday & Saturday - 2/27-28
Steve Nelson w/
Rick Germanson & Kiyoshi Kitigawa
  • Regarded as one premier voices on the vibraphone -
    a beloved master of this music.  His music is joyful, soulful, engaging and swinging.  With Steve is the excellent Rick Germanson on piano and the rock solid Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass.  Don't miss this opportunity to hear this master in our intimate setting.

    Solo Piano Happy Hour @ 7:15 PM
    Trio sets @ 9 PM & 10:30 PM
    After Hours with Ben Paterson @ 12 AM

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(a selection of featured shows)

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Monday - 2/23
Jil McCarron Trio

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
w. Jil McCarron - Piano, Phil Stewart - Drums,
Chris Haney - Bass

Jill McCarron is a veteran of the jazz scene and a melodic and compelling improvisor.  Come out and discover her trio.
Monday - 2/23
Ari Hoenig, Jean-Michel Pilc, Francois Moutin Trio
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
w. Jean-Michel Pilc - Piano, Francois Moutin- Bass, Ari Hoenig - Drums 

This is a classic trio that features the brilliant work of pianist Jean-Michel Pilc.  The trio is highly-interactive and reactive.
Tuesday - 2/24
Ben Solomon Quartet

Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM
w. Ben Solomon - Tenor Sax, Davis Whitfield - Piano,
Daryl Johns - Bass, Kush Abadey - Drums

Ben Solomon is a sax-prodigy, a true force of nature.  If you don't believe me then just come out and have a listen.
Wednesday - 2/25
Gregg August Quartet

Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM
  w. Myron Walden - Tenor Sax, Brandon McCune - Piano, Gregg August - Bass, Rudy Royston - Drums

Gregg August is a sophisticated composer and band leader.  He features the firey work of Myron Walden playing the tenor.
Wednesday - 2/25
"Round Midnight" With :
Craig Wuepper & "Earsight"

Midnight to close

Drummer Craig Wuepper brings his excellent trio in for a "round midnight" concert.
Thursday - 2/26
Kenneth Salters Haven
Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM

w. Matt Holman - Trumpet, Tivon Pennicott - Tenor Sax, Aki Ishiguro - Guitar, Brad Whiteley - Piano,
Spencer Murphy - Bass, Kenneth Salters - Drums

Drummer Kenneth Salters leads his creative ensemble "Haven" for an evening of original and compelling music.
Friday - 2/27
Tad Shull Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
w.Tad Shull - Tenor Sax, Joe Strasser - Drums, Joel Forbes - Bass, Rob Schneiderman - Piano

Tad Shull has a big blustery sound and a deep swinging feeling.  With him is the unsung piano hero Rob Schneiderman.
Friday,Saturday - 2/27-28
Jay Collins and The Kings County Band
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

$20 for this show
 w. Diego Voglino - Drums, Jeff Kanley - Bass,
Roy Dunlap - Piano, Jay Collins - Tenor Sax,
Scott Sharrard - Guitar

Jay Collins returns to Smalls with his "Kings County" band for a soul-jazz weekend.
Saturday - 2/28
Roberto Gatto Quartet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show
w. Michael Blake - Tenor Sax, Nil Felder - Guitar, Matt Penman - Bass, Roberto Gatto - Drums

Italian drummer Roberto Gatto makes a return appearence at Smalls with the amazing Michael Blake in tenor.
Sunday - 3/1
Emilio Solla y La Inestable
de Brooklyn

Sets at 4:30 PM & 6 PM
w. Alex Norris - Trumpet, Tim Armacost - Tenor Sax, John Ellis - Tenor Sax, Ryan Keberle - Trombone, Victor Prieto - Accordian, Emilio Solla - Piano, Pablo Aslan - Bass, Eric Doob - Drums

Grammy nominated composer Emilio Solla begins his monthly residence at Smalls with his excellent tango-influenced ensemble.


Monday - 2/23, 1 AM to close
Afterhours with Jonathan Michel


Tuesday - 2/24, 7:30 PM to close 
Spike Wilner Trio

Tuesday - 2/24, 12:30 AM to close 
The Next Generation Sessions with Kyle Poole


Wednesday - 2/25, 6 PM to 9 PM 
Tap Dance Jam! Hosted by Michela Lerman


Thursday - 2/26, Midnight to close
"Round Midnight" With: The Nick Hempton Band


Friday - 2/27, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Friday afternoon open jam session With :
Ai Murakami Trio

Friday - 2/27, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with Anthoney Wonsey

Saturday - 2/28, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Saturday Afternoon Open Jam Session
With :
 Jonathan Thomas Trio

Saturday -2/28, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with Philip Harper

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

Sunday - 3/1, 7:30 PM to 10 PM
The Legendary Johnny O'Neal

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