January 19th, 2015

Dear Friends:

I can't help but worry about the current world events.  I'm reluctant to comment too candidly on my feelings or position in regards to what's happening and how it's unfolding because the few times that I have made a statement that was even remotely "political" it caused some feedback which scared me. In the context of this blog/newsletter, political statements become inappropriate.  However, if you see me in person I'd be glad to have a conversation and get deeper into my views.  It's just that in this day and age we all must be careful what we email and say in our social media.  Be prudent and not rash.

I stand by my position that music is a key to peace, perhaps the key.  I see it every evening when my audiences come into the clubs seeking the music.  All nationalities, ages, social levels - joined together to listen to thoughts and idea expressed in a language that is not words.  Music can be so subtle.  We forget in this day and age of processed pop music that the subtlety of music can be so fine and varied - just like the human heart.  It doesn't have to all be so blatant and in your face, or worse, militaristic.  It can about love, it can be about many shades of love.  It can be radical in that people can come together and simultaneously perceive an unspoken message if the artist is slick enough.  Dizzy Gillespie used to say "a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down" when he put together a set list.  First something fun and goofy and then, hit them with something more serious - and then perhaps something romantic.  Variety.  The Human Mind knowns no boundaries.  We mustn't be held captive by the soulless machine but understand that in our hearts something manifests that is eternal and always good.  Music can express this and can remind us of that which we have deep inside us - not yet burned-out or lost but ready to be recovered with one simple melody.

My best regards to all of you and hope to see you in either Mezzrow or Smalls (the East or the West corners of 10th street and 7th ave.)  I pray for peace on Earth!


P.S.  On a lighter note, Minnow, our club cat, now has her own Facebook Fan Page.  If you have a shot of Minnow you'd like to share with us - please post it here ---->

The Mezzrow January Schedule is now available - check our site.
Monday - 1/19
Johnny O'Neal & Friends

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.

    • Solo Piano Set @ 7 PM (no cover)
    • Duo Sets @ 9 PM & 10:30 PM
  • Tuesday - 1/20
    Dan Tepfer &  MIguel Zenon
  • Dan Tepfer is a modernist with a classical pianists control and technique.  With him is the fascinating and innovative saxophonist Miguel Zenon for an evening of duets.
  • "Vinyl" Happy Hour @ 7pm (no cover)
  • Tepfer/Zenon Sets @ 9 PM & 10:30 PM
  • "Polite" Jam session @ 11:30 PM


  • Wednesday - 1/21
    Joe Sanders & Shai Maestro
  • Bassist Joe Sanders is a ubiquitous force on the current jazz scene and has been the cornerstone for groups such as Gerald Clayton and Charles Loyd.  Joining Joe on piano is the phenomenal and modern thinking pianist Shai Maestro.


    Thursday - 1/22
    Joe Sanders w. Fabian Almazan & Chris Dingman

     Joining Joe is Fabian Almazan on piano and Chris Dingman on vibraphone.


    Solo Set @ 7 PM (no cover)
    Duo Sets @  9 PM & 10:30 PM
    After Hours @ 11:30 PM


  • Friday & Saturday - 1/23-24
    Danny Grissett &  Dezron Douglas
  • Danny Grissett, the pianist for Tom Harrell, is a supple and sophisticated improvisor with an elegant touch.  Accompanying him is the soulful and swinging Dezron Douglas on bass.

  • Solo Piano Set @ 7 PM (no cover)
  • Duo Sets @ 9 PM & 10:30 PM
  • After Hours @ 12 AM

Sunday - 1/25
Jeremy Pelt & Jeb Patton
  • Jeremy Pelt is one of the great trumpet players of his generation.  His style is a hallmark of trumpet virtuosity coupled with a lyrical ear and a taste for lovely melody.  Jeremy plays in the intimate setting of our Music Room.  Accompanying him is the rock solid playing of pianist Jeb Patton.
  •  Happy Hour Solo Set @ 7 PM
    Duo Sets @ 9 PM 10:30 PM


(a selection of featured shows)

For our full schedule please go to

Monday - 1/19
Danny Fox Trio

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
w. Danny Fox - Piano, Max Goldman - Drums, Christian Van Voorst Ven Beest - Bass

Danny Fox is not a known commodity on the jazz scene but is well worth some new recognition.  Come out to discover this pianist.
Monday - 1/19
The Ari Hoenig Trio

Sets at 10:30 & 12:00 AM
w. Gilad Hekselman - Guitar, Orlando Le Fleming - Bass, Ari Hoenig - Drums

Ari Hoenig returns to his usual slot with his tried and true quartet featuring Gilad Hekselman on the guitar.
Tuesday - 1/20
The Joe Fitzgerald Trio

 From 7:30 PM to 9 PM
w. Joe Fitzgerald - Bass,  Bevan Manson - Piano,
 Dave Glasser - Alto Sax

Join us for a rare appearance from pianist Bevan Manson at Smalls.  With him is the swinging Joe Fitzgerald on the bass and the veteran alto saxophonist Dave Glasser.
Tuesday - 1/20
Smalls Legacy Band

Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM
w. Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax, Josh Evans - Trumpet,
Theo Hill - Piano, Ameen Saleem - Bass,
Frank Lacy - Trombone, Kush Abadey - Drums 

Don't miss the Smalls Legacy Band - a diehard troup of jazz warriors led by the legendary Frank Lacy on trombone!
Wednesday - 1/21
John O'Gallagher Trio
Sets at 9:30 PM and 11PM
w. John O'Gallagher - Alto Sax, Johannes Weidenmuller - Bass, Mark Ferber - Drums 

John O'Gallagher is a modernist with some fine original compositions. He comes in with his trio with Johannes Weidenmuller and Mark Ferber.
Wednesday - 1/21
"Round Midnight" With :
Philip Dizack Quintet

Midnight to close
w. Philip Dizack - Trumpet, Gilad Hekselman - Guitar, Sam Harris - Piano, Matt Penman - Bass

Modern thinking trumpetist Philip Dizack plays a "round midnight" set with his quintet.
Thursday - 1/22
Francisco Mela Quartet 
Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM
w. George Garzone - Tenor Sax, Lionel Loueke - Guitar, Drew Gress - Bass, Francisco Mela - Drums

Cuban born percussionist Francisco Mela comes in with an all-star quartet that features the work of tenor sax George Garzone and Lionel Loueke on guitar.
Thursday - 1/22
"Round Midnight" With :
The Carlos Abadie Quintet

Midnight to close
w. Peter Zak - Piano, Luca Santaniello - Drums,
Clovis Nicolas - Bass, Carlos Abadie - Trumpet 

The voice of reason in a violent storm of non-ending debate. Carlos Abadie has it all - drive, swing and a tender heart.
Friday, Saturday - 1/23-24
Joel Frahm Trio
Sets at  10:30 PM & 12 AM

$20 for this show
w. Joel Frahm - Tenor Sax, Ed Howard - Bass,
Anthony Pinciotti - Drums 

One of the most popular and beloved players of the current scene - Joel Frahm plays with wit, humor and grace.
Friday - 1/23
Ralph Lalama & "Bop-Juice"

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
$20 for this show
w. Ralph Lalama - Tenor Sax, David Wong - Bass, Clifford Barbaro - Drums

Hard nosed veteran Ralph Lalama returns with his excellent long time trio "Bop Juice" featuring the legend himself - Cliff Barbaro on drums.
Saturday - 1/24
Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show
w. Joel Frahm - Tenor Sax, Tom Dempsey - Guitar, Tim Ferguson - Bass, Eliot Zigmund - Drums 

Tom Dempsey and Tim Ferguson return with their fine co-led quartet that features the legendary drummer Eliot Zigmund.
Sunday - 1/25
Ned Goold Quartet

From 10:30 PM to close
w. Ned Goold - Tenor Sax, Sacha Perry - Piano, Reid Taylor - Bass, Charles Goold - Drums

Brilliant and enigmatic.  Gruff exterior but with a heart that bleeds.  Ned Goold is a modern-day master and thinker of the highest level.



Monday - 1/19, 1 AM to close
Afterhours with : Spencer Murphy

Tuesday - 1/20, 12:30 AM to close 
The Next Generation Sessions with Kyle Poole


Wednesday - 1/21, 6 PM to 9 PM to close 
Tap Dance Jam! Hosted by Michela Lerman

Thursday - 1/22,  6 PM to 9 PM

"Early Bird Sessions" With : 
The Alex Hoffman Group 


Friday - 1/23, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Friday afternoon open jam session With :
Sanah Kadoura

Friday - 1/23, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with Jeremy Manasia

Saturday - 1/24, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Saturday Afternoon Open Jam Session
With : Jonathan Thomas Trio

Saturday -1/24, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with Stacy Dillard

Sunday - 1/25, 1 PM to 3 PM
Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings 
$20 entry, $40 to participate

Sunday - 1/25, 7:30 PM to 10 PM
The Legendary Johnny O'Neal

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